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We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community Assets

Class Details

Presenter: Diana Lu is a city planner who likes to tell stories. She has spent more than ten years in the nonprofit, public, media, and private sectors working on urban planning issues including community economic development, placemaking, and design-based manufacturing. Diana serves as the coordinator for the Germantown Info Hub, a community-centered journalism project that shares information for and by residents of the Germantown neighborhood in Philadelphia. She is also the community engagement editor for Root Quarterly, a subscription-based print journal of art and ideas in Philadelphia. She serves on the ‘Change the Narrative’ committee for the Women’s Economic Security Initiative at Women’s Way, the board of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce, and the advisory council of PennMedicine’s Program for LGBT Health. Diana previously served as the Community Engagement Editor for PlanPhilly, WHYY’s planning, design, and development news project, and as Director of Partnerships and Outreach for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused on strengthening businesses in Greater Philadelphia through revenue generation and local job creation. She holds a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and a B.A. in Urban Studies and French from Vassar College. Diana has lived and relied on public transit in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Paris, but became a proud SEPTA rider in 2009. Follow Diana on twitter and Instagram @dianaluwho

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.

Course Objectives:

1. By the end of the session, attendees will understand the basics and potential
applications of community asset mapping.

2. By the end of the session, attendees will be equipped to integrate asset
mapping as part of a grassroots community engagement tactic to understand key
places/spaces/institutions that are important to community members and local

3. By the end of this session, attendees will be familiar with inclusive, 'non-expert'
language and communication tools that non-public health professionals and community
members can use to discuss issues and resources that affect public health.

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level continuing education hours are 0.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 26, 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM ET
Tess Wilson, MFA, MLIS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator serving NY, NJ, DE, & PA
Continuing Education Credits: 

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