Building Our Future in Kenosha County is creating a new culture of collaboration, accountability, and trust. We enable our local partners to achieve enduring outcomes, where quick fixes have fallen short.
Kenosha County Health Equity Taskforce
This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Jen Freiheit, Health Officer/Director for Kenosha County Public Health, Tamarra Coleman, Executive Director for Shalom Center and Kirsten Gundersen, Kenosha County Public Health Strategist for Kenosha County Public Health to hear about the evolution of the Kenosha County Health Equity Taskforce. They’ll share their wins, challenges, and learnings through their boots on the ground approach over the last 12 months.
Kirsten Gundersen, Kenosha County Public Health Strategist for Health Equity shares, “... as a Kenosha County Public Health entity, we learned a lot about how important it is to keep going back (to the underserved neighborhoods and small businesses) because that’s a part of building trust …. that’s a way to achieve systemic change.”
How Libraries Can Transform Communities
In episode nine of Together, We’re Better, Building Our Future Community Engagement Manager Brandon Morris hosts a conversation with Zander Miller (Kenosha Public Library Digital Strategy Librarian), Barb Brattin (Kenosha Public Library Director) and Cindy Fesemyer (State Library Consultant: Adult & Community Services) as they discuss the Wisconsin Libraries Transforming Communities cohort, a state-level community engagement training conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Division for Libraries and Technology in partnership with the American Library Association.
When asked how Building Our Future was identified as a partner for this project, Barb Brattin explains, “It was very clear if you know anything about Building Our Future, community engagement is a very large part of what they do. The partnership was already conducting the same community outreach around the topic of student success in our city, so it seemed like a natural fit to put these two organizations together.”
The history of Building Our Future
Today, we’re going to hear about the history of Building Our Future (BOF). Jean Moran, retired CEO of LMI Packaging, Todd Battle, president of Kenosha Area Business Alliance and Tatjana Bicanin, executive director of Building Our Future walk down memory lane on how Building Our Future became the first collective impact initiative in Kenosha County to address social and educational outcomes in Kenosha County.
Together, we’ll learn about the origin of Building Our Future and how the partnership has evolved over the past five years.
Learn more about BOF at buildingourfuturekc.org
Parents Advocating for Child Care
In episode 7 of Together, We’re Better, Community Engagement Manager Brandon Morris talks with our local Parent Advocates and our partners from the Wisconsin Partnership – a collaborative effort of the four StriveTogether-affiliated local collective impact partnerships in Wisconsin, about how parents can lead change in their communities, specifically for early childhood care and education.
One parent advocate, Ashley Wells, explains how the PACC Fellowship equipped her with the necessary skills to confidently speak with her elected representatives and inspire other parents to use their power as a parent to make changes.
Parents Advocate for Child Care (PACC) Fellows: Ashley Wells, Genevieve Gerou and Patrick Langston
A Community Where Early Learning is Centered
In episode six Together, We’re Better, Building Our Future Community Engagement Manager Brandon Morris hosts a conversation with Atifa Robinson, Luanne Rohde, Dr. Diane Gerlach and Lynn Debilzen as they discuss the Early Learning Nation Team which is efforts connected to a national movement. But locally, it is a three year action plan that is focused on creating a space for families and a community where early learning is truly at the center.
Atifa Robinson (Community Strategist-Kenosha, UW School of Medicine and Public Health) expresses, “I wanted to be a part of the Early Learning Nation Cohort because the Early Learning Nation focuses on networking with community leaders, looking at neighborhood resources/barriers and improving policies to help children and families be successful…promoting a healthy community for all."
Why Young Voices Matter
In the fifth episode of Together, We're Better, Brandon Morris hosts a conversation with the EquiTeens: Sophia Hysaw, Meredith Kaufmann and Alana Carmickle; three Seniors at Indian Trail High School Academy. In this conversation you will hear a range of topics -- virtual learning experience, vaccination for students, require or not require wearing a mask, communication within the schools, student curriculum and more! You'll want to listen to this 30-minutes of Why Young Voices Matters!