16th Durham Health Summit
Building a Healthy Community: We’re All Connected
Summary of Attendees’ Input
The goals of the 16th Durham Health Summit on June 8, 2018 were to: strengthen cross-sector engagement; share information from the 2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment; launch the two focus areas of the Healthy Durham Facilitative Platform; deepen individual and collective understanding in the two focus areas; and obtain input to shape the purpose, role, and direction of Healthy Durham 20/20.
This report summarizes the:
- State of health in Durham highlighted by three local leaders in government, medicine, and public health;
- Democratization of data mapping through Data Works NC, a mediating partner between data and local stakeholders;
- Input provided by summit attendees on the two Healthy Durham 20/20 focus areas: a) Model Food City; and b) Early Childhood Development and Education.
Over 300 attendees from the community, civic, healthcare, academic, and non-profit leadership across Durham, NC engaged in collective reflection, strategic discussion, and solution generation around the two Health Durham 20/20 focus areas.
The State of Health in Durham
Three local leaders collectively described: the collaborative effort and progress in Durham’s affordable housing, food security policies, and community funding to promote health; racial and ethnic health disparities, and leading causes of mortality per the latest Durham County Community Health Assessment; and five priority areas for action, including food access. Summit attendees were also encouraged to connect, converse, coordinate, and collaborate to help address Durham’s social determinants of health (SDOH).
Democratization of Data
Data Works NC, a local independent data intermediary, democratizes data to facilitate an empowered, productive community through engagement, conversations facilitation, and community data tools. Data Works demonstrated the Neighborhood Compass project, which maps neighborhood indicators and fosters collaborative learning.
Small-Group and Collective Discussion Sessions Data
Attendees participated in one of six breakout sessions to explore one of the two Healthy Durham 20/20 focus areas (three breakout sessions per focus area). The most common themes that emerged were as follows:
Early Childhood Development and Education
- Next Steps and Priorities Needing Additional Support – Understanding Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and how they impact children; providing children with emotion coping training; establishing a forum for children’s voices to be heard.
- Top Priorities – Physical activity; exercise structures built in parks to help promote physical activity.
- Sector-Specific Next Steps – Ensuring organizations (e.g., schools and churches) are trauma-informed and that families and children are mentally healthy; ensuring children have a medical home; ensuring parents are engaged in their children lives and education.
- How to Inspire Others to be More Engaged (transfer power for community change) – Marketing information to the entire family and providing community activities to support children.
Model Food City
- Assets – Diverse food sources available to Durham residents (e.g., food banks, Meals on Wheels, Farmer’s Market’s, etc.); community partnerships; organizational support; and nutrition incentives and programs.
- Ongoing Challenges – Collaborating with one another and coordinating services to address residents’ needs; food insecurity; food desert communities; and food affordability.
- How to Build Community Around Food – Adapt existing community resources and connections (e.g., Neighborhood watch, free public library box) to help build a community around food.
- How to Increase Institutional Authentic Accountability – Institutions authentically understanding communities needs and collaborating with them in equitable partnerships.
- How to Harness Community Power – Building trust between institutions and communities; listening to diverse community voices to engage a broad array of community members in decision-making processes.