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RPRP Southwest Rural Policy Network Quarterly Meeting Durango, CO June 16-17, 2009. RPRP Community Forum Training May 12-14, 2009 Denver, CO Overview and Proposed SWRPN Event. SWRPN Representatives Attending. Carla Chavez, New Mexico Voices for Children, NM

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Rprp southwest rural policy network quarterly meeting durango co june 16 17 2009

RPRP Southwest Rural Policy NetworkQuarterly MeetingDurango, COJune 16-17, 2009

RPRP CommunityForum Training

May 12-14, 2009

Denver, CO

Overview and Proposed SWRPN Event


Swrpn representatives attending
SWRPN Representatives Attending

  • Carla Chavez, New Mexico Voices for Children, NM

  • Joyce Hospodar, Rural Health Office, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, AZ

  • Amy Kobeta, Children’s Action Alliance, AZ

  • Lucy Sanchez, Amigos Bravos, Inc., NM


Rprp community forum training agenda
RPRP CommunityForum Training Agenda

  • Day 1

    • Nuts and Bolts, Framing and Outcomes, and review of Content and Design of Participant Guide

  • Day 2

    • Outreach, communication, logistics, and having table facilitators and volunteers

  • Day 3

    • Making an impact, revisiting Network policy issue, and complete plans for CommunityForum


America speaks resources
AmericaSpeaks Resources

  • CommunityForum Guidebook (2 copies per RPRP grantee)

  • CommunityForum Workbook

    • Fundamentals, Samples, PPT Slides, Training Worksheets, other background material

  • CD with Complete PPT Deck, other information

  • RPRP CommunityForum Technical Assistance


Issue clean water in the southwest
Issue: Clean Water in the Southwest

  • Quality of drinking water decreasing

  • Health of children decreasing

  • Amount of available water decreasing

  • Clean-ups not happening

  • Pharmaceutical dumping in water increasing

  • Tribal/EPA/State proprietary water concerns


Impact of clean water
Impact (of clean water)

  • Healthy People

    • Children not exposed to toxins

    • Diseases of adults lowered

  • Healthy Environment

    • Healthy farming

    • Healthy fish, cattle, hunting, etc.


Impact of clean water cont d
Impact (of clean water) cont’d

  • Healthy Economy

    • Less long term negative impact

    • Clean-up projects beneficial to current Stimulus initiatives

    • Costs more to clean water than to keep it clean

    • Increased tourism and recreation

  • Healthy Community

    • Less sick people

    • More green space


Type of forum location size
Type of Forum, Location, Size

  • Forum Type: Tribal-Mayor Summit

  • Locations:

    • Santa Fe, NM

    • Sedona, AZ

  • Supported, endorsed, and hosted by the Mayors of both cities

  • Size – 50 people per location


Leaders to enlist
Leaders to Enlist

  • Governors of Tribes

  • League of Cities

  • Mimi Steward, NM

  • Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ

  • Other (to be identified)


Ideas for framing the issue
Ideas for “Framing” the Issue

  • How does water make life special in the Southwest?

  • Imagine or remember a time when you played in water and drank water and what that was like?

  • What do you wish for the future in the Southwest?


Forum outcomes
Forum Outcomes

  • Awareness that clean water is a pressing issue

  • Prioritized list of issues related to clean water (cause and effect)

  • Commitment to lead policy solutions

  • Connections of Tribal Leaders and City Mayors to each other and to the RPRP Southwest Rural Policy Network


Expected outcomes 6 12 months
Expected Outcomes: 6 – 12 Months

  • Public policy drafted

  • Leaders visit polluted sites

  • Researchers on board

  • Clean water part of the NIH study


Unforeseen activities
Unforeseen Activities

  • Interfacing with Caroline re: proposed newsletter, other required communication

  • Interfacing with proposed intermediary

  • Planning/Hosting CommunityForum in AZ & NM (via AmerciaSpeaks support and TA)


Swrpn next steps
SWRPN Next Steps

  • Approval by SWRPN to move forward

  • Establish Action Team to work on content, establish schedule, organize forum, etc.

  • Connect with Janet Fiero, AmerciaSpeaks, for her support, next steps, and how the SWRPN proposes to best use her


Guidelines for ta from america speaks
Guidelines for TA from AmericaSpeaks

  • What we get:

    • 8 days of TA support valued at $4,800

    • Our coach – Janet Fiero who lives in Montana

    • Travel not covered so if the SWRPN wants the coach on-site, $$ must come from another source

  • What we need to do:

    • Submit SWRPN TA Plan by Wednesday, July 15, 2009

      • Specific format provided

    • Utilize funds (ideally) by Thursday, December 31, 2009



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