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Communities in Conversation

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In 2021, we launched Communities in Conversation – a vibrant, fast-paced, equity-focused, cross-sector think tank in a one-hour Zoom gathering. Together, we tackle the questions:

What issue are you trying to solve and where do you need a partner, an alliance or access to certain kinds of resources (knowledge, capital, etc.)?
Where are you stuck?

Communities in Conversation is an opportunity for people to foster deeper connections, share knowledge and resources, and leverage these virtual gatherings as a springboard for statewide collaboration in advancing equity in our organizations. 

Every other month starting in January we focus on the questions above in a “BYO challenge” for peer input.  Alternated with these are Communities in Conversations on specific topic areas inspired by you!  Check back on this calendar or sign up for our mailing list to be the first to hear topics as they are announced!

March 6 @ 10am – BIPOC Mental Health
in partnership with the Mental Health Association in NJ

Studies show that approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States are diagnosed with a mental illness in a single year. BIPOC communities face glaring disparities when it comes to accessing mental health help and are more likely to experience undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues.

Mental health equity is critical, and we all have a role in ensuring people in New Jersey receive equal access to the mental health care they need and deserve. If you are a mental health or social service provider, healthcare worker, faith leader or advocate, this month’s Communities in Conversation tackles the questions:

What is needed to ensure BIPOC individuals/families in need of support services or living with mental health challenges receive culturally competent mental health services from our own organizations and service providers?

How can we disrupt the foundations of racism to create a different system of engagement, treatment and support that begins with and supports front-line workers and volunteers?

Upcoming Communities in Conversation dates:

  • 4/17 – Open resource sharing

  • 6/12 – Topic specific (TBA)

  • 9/11 – Open resource sharing

  • 10/16 – Topic specific (TBA)

  • 11/13 – Open resource sharing

  • 12/11 – Topic specific (TBA)