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Community Partnership Series   The Greater Carlisle Project’s Community Partnership Series was created to be a catalyst for community dialogue by aligning discussion topics with critical and timely issues identified by community members through the GCP’s Poverty Forum (spring 2015), Annual Fall Reception (fall 2015), and the Heart & Soul Project. Two forums are held in the fall and two in the spring, and efforts are made to align the topics we discuss with contemporary issues facing our community. All forums of the Partnership Series are free and open to the public. Upcoming Forums:   Wednesday, April 26 Designing Systems Change Strategies to Address the Social Determinants of Health 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Co-sponsored with the Partnership for Better Health. This training is designed to help health and human service professionals, policymakers and funders better understand the potential roles of systems change strategies in improving the health of individuals and communities. The workshop will examine policies, practices and cross-sector partnerships designed to change a range of systems and have a positive impact on the social determinants of health. Case studies of communities that have addressed the social determinants of health, as well as interactive planning activities, will help attendees leave the workshop with actionable ideas and tools to bring back to their organizations. FREE ADMISSION. Friday, May 5 Community Resilience Workshop 8:00 – 10:00 am Dickinson College students, working in collaboration with the Greater Carlisle Project and the Borough of Carlisle, conducted research on measuring and increasing community resilience in Carlisle in fall 2016 as part of a course on Building Sustainable Communities. The research is being extended this semester by Dickinson students Max Lee, Matt Pasquali and Olivia Termini. Research findings, recommendations and next steps for measuring and increasing community resilience will be discussed at the workshop. If you are interested in attending the workshop, email Elizabeth Connelly connelle@dickinson.edu for more information by April 24. Past Forums: November 3, 2016: Family Sustaining Wages. Held at the New Life Community Church, this forum featured a poverty simulation, panel discussion, and break-out conversations. Panel speakers included Kathy Lacomba, deputy director for Tri-County Community Action, Mark Price, labor economist for the Keystone Research Center, and Lucy Zander, executive director of the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland...

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