Healthy Communities

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Since 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the myriad ways that structural racism and oppression affect healthcare and health outcomes, including wellbeing and quality of life. These same systemic issues plague the Parkinson’s community and result in care inequities and disparities that disproportionately affect people of color, women, people with limited English proficiency, and more. During this webinar on Thursday, May 27, at 1 pm MDT, moderator Eden Mussie will lead a conversation between Nicte I. Mejia, MD, MPH, FAAN, and Aswita Tan-McGrory, MSPH, in which they will discuss how systems of racism and oppression affect our community, and how we can take these learnings and create the change needed to ensure all people can live well with Parkinson’s.

14 Apr: Announcing the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities™ Toolkit

We are excited to announce the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities Toolkit, a special two-part collection of tools and resources that will be available to those joining our Healthy Parkinson’s Communities Network. This toolkit is designed to be a go-to guide for Community Action Committee (CAC) leaders and members, especially those who might be new to community organizing and systems change. It includes a roadmap along with several tools to help you understand your community, build your network, collect data, and set and achieve goals as you build a healthy Parkinson’s community. In addition to receiving a hard-copy toolkit, communities that join our network will gain access to additional training, networking opportunities, and support.  
Healthy Parkinson's Communities

26 Mar: Healthy Parkinson’s Communities™ Resource Roundup: Listening To and Identifying Areas of Growth in Your Community

This month, we’re sharing resources to help you get started creating change in your community. Creating change can mean a lot of things; we focus here on determining where to start your work based on existing resources and barriers in your community, while also considering how people’s different needs play into their response to community resources. For this step, it’s important to understand issues within the systems of your community that could create barriers to change. It’s also important that you host listening sessions to better learn about community needs straight from community members.