Applying Public Health Strategy to Support Youth in Poverty

By DANIEL BASSILL

The Democracy Collaborative is hosting a Hospital Anchor Network Convening in Chicago this week. I’ve been interested in hospitals as leaders in building and sustaining networks of mentor-rich non-school programs in their trade areas since learning about the Hospital Youth Mentoring Network in the late 1990s.

I created this concept map to point to some of the articles and resources that I’ve collected and shared, with the goal that hospital and university leaders would become anchor organizations, and include a Tutor/Mentor Connection component in their strategies.

Open links at bottom of each node and dig into these resources

At the top of this map are ideas I’ve shared and links to articles I’ve posted on this blog since 2005. There’s also a link to articles about the Hospital Youth Mentoring Network, which was active in the 1990s, but I don’t think has been active, as a network, since about 2003.

At the bottom are some new resources, from the past few weeks. One points to one page of a presentation by Marcella Wilson, PhD, who spoke at an event in Chicago hosted by Advocate Children’s Hospital. Marcella talked about “Treating the condition of poverty with a client centered community based continuum of care.” She talked about “understanding and treating the condition of poverty” using the same condition-specific practices that health care providers use. Dr. Wilson speaks of “HOPE” as one of the most important medicines we can give to the youth and adults we work with. I’ve a link to her book on the map.

The map also includes a 2010 video, in which “Jeff Duncan-Andrade draws from Tupac Shakurs powerful metaphor of the rose that grows from concrete, as well as research in fields such as public health, social epidemiology, and psychology, and explores the concept of hope as essential for developing effective urban classroom practice.”

The map also includes an animated video that shows poverty as a river with many contributing streams and talks about hope, and the upstream roles that social entrepreneurs can fill, to reduce poverty and inequality and turn the river into a flow of “enough”. I found it on Facebook, created by Amanda and Brandon Neely, social entrepreneurs of own the Overflow Coffee Bar in Chicago and lead a support program for social entrepreneurs.

That’s a lot to look at, but the condition of poverty is not something that can be solved without doing some deep thinking and on-going learning.

I won’t be attending the the Healthcare Convening this week due to lack of funds (and no invitation). However, my long-term friend, Steve Roussos, from Merced, California, will be attending . Steve was doing PhD work at the University of Kansas when he introduced himself to me in the late 1990s. This led to him becoming a speaker at several Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences between 1998 and 2002 and to creating Tutor/Mentor Connection’s on-line documentation system that I used between 2000 and 2013.

the circle is “information

My role since 1993 has been to gather information, such as the articles I’ve pointed to in my cMap, then to take actions that motivate more people to look at the information, and to build understanding, via various forms of discussion and facilitation.

Steve and I had dinner last night and I told him how I’d learned about on-line annotation from a network of educators who I’d been meeting on-line since 2013. I used this Jan 2016 article to show some of these annotation tools, and demonstrate their use by the #Clmooc network.

Imagine if organizers of this week’s event were putting presentation documents on-line and encouraging people at the event, and those who are not there, to do joint reading and discussion in the margins.

That’s today’s #Monday Motivation from the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. I’ve been sharing these ideas for over 20 years and wish leaders from every sector had been reading them regularly and had been applying the ideas since 1994.

However, if you did not plant that tree then, now’s the next best time to start.

Maybe in 20 years treatment of the condition of poverty will be much more sophisticated and fewer people will be dying or losing their futures as a result.

Here’s related article titled titled “Bringing Together Resources Students At Risk Need to Succeed”.

About the Author Daniel F. Bassill combines 40 years of unique experiences into his leadership of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and the Tutor/Mentor Connection.

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