We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community Assets
When service providers and practitioners enter a new community or neighborhood, they can carry a top-down map of existing assets. They may rely on geographic systems that make sense on paper, or are designed to make sense with existing programs. However, community members and residents do not navigate resources based on program maps and systems. What and where are the resources community members use? What are the hard boundaries locals don’t cross and the third places that people gather? Germantown Info Hub Coordinator Diana Lu will share approaches to stakeholder engagement and trust-building. Using urban design evaluation tactics introduced by architect Kevin Lynch in The Image of the City and as well as models in community-based journalism, Lu shows ways that practitioners can work with community members, stakeholders, and local organizations to build the base layer of information.