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– David Mathews

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Posts Tagged ‘Public Deliberation’

Special Forum Series with the Gulf States HPC in Mobile County

The Mathews Center will moderate a special forum series convened by the Gulf States Health Policy Center in Mobile County on November 30th-December 3rd. The series will explore three themes: Health Matters, Money Matters, and Education Matters. Forums will be held at the Mobile Red Cross, the Prichard Housing Authority, and the Bayou Clinic. Members of the Mobile County community are invited to attend. For more details, check out the flyers for each forum.


Students’ Institute 2015 – 2016

On October 23, over sixty 4th – 12th grade students from Montevallo Elementary School, Montevallo Middle School, and Montevallo High School participated in the opening retreat of Students’ Institute 2015 – 2016. Students’ Institute provides opportunities for young people to deepen their understanding of active citizenship and develop skills for more effective civic engagement. Students’ Institute is a joint effort of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and the University of Montevallo Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement (OSLACE). This year’s opening retreat marks the beginning of the fourth year of Students’ Institute in the Montevallo community. For…


Coosa County Minding Our Future Forum

On November 10th, DMC moderated a Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers forum at the Coosa County Department of Human Resources (DHR) offices in Rockford, Alabama. The forum was convened by Sharon Haynes and Debra Ward of Alabama Cooperative Extension System in conjunction with the Coosa County Children’s Policy Council meeting. Using DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide, the group deliberated through multiple approaches to investing in early childhood. Participants identified several local strengths in Rockford and surrounding areas, including strong collaborative partnerships between Coosa County agencies and organizations. The group also expressed concern over several local…


St. Clair County Minding Our Future Forum

The DMC had the pleasure of moderating a Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers forum in St. Clair County on Thursday, October 29th. The forum was convened by Matthew Phillips and Brandi Brown of Early Intervention. Several service providers attended and used their experience to discuss possible solutions that would work in their community. Forum participants worked through three possible approaches to investing in healthy infants and toddlers with the DMC’s Minding Our Future issue guide. Participants discussed bringing Parents as Teachers to St. Clair, and increasing awareness for already existing programs in the community. Service providers…


Dallas County Minding Our Future Forum

On October 30th, DMC staff traveled to the Dallas County Family Resource Center in Selma, Alabama to moderate a Minding Our Future: Investing in Health Infants and Toddlers forum convened by Callie Nelson and Sallie Hooker of Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Forum participants shared concerns and ideas for strengthening the health and well being of infants, toddlers, and families in Dallas. The group agreed that parent, guardian, and caregiver education is integral to the health of a community. Several participants shared ideas for establishing trusting relationships with parents and guardians who might not feel comfortable approaching local support agencies. Participants…


Greene County Minding Our Future Forum

On October 22, Mathews Center staff traveled to Eutaw in Greene County to moderate a Minding Our Future forum with parents whose children attend the local Head Start. Approximately twenty Greene County residents attended the forum convened by Leigh Akins of Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). The parents and Head Start administration warmly welcomed us. Common ground during deliberation focused on an overall concern regarding teen pregnancies; participants demonstrated a keen awareness that teenage parents are themselves still in a relatively early stage of development. The group suggested that young parents might benefit from parenting classes and various forms of community support….