January 26, 2023
For Immediate Release:
(Coatesville,PA) -The Alliance for Health Equity is excited to announce the launch of the Let’s Talk Allyship: Community-Designed Solutions Challenge. This is a five-part series developed to invest in Coatesville’s community voice and capacity-building efforts. From February – June, The Let’s Talk Allyship Challenge Series will take participants through a process of innovation to explore, test, adapt, and fine-tune community-created solutions. The winning community-created solutions will be adopted and implemented by government, nonprofits, and grassroots efforts.
In November – December 2022, over 100 members of the Greater Coatesville community convened and developed seven challenge questions for the Let’s Talk Allyship: Community-Designed Solutions Series. The questions relate to economic development, behavioral health, health recovery, education, workforce, and housing. The challenge questions were informed by publicly available data and a content area expert.
The Let’s Talk Allyship: Community-Designed Solutions encourages the Greater Coatesville community to provide solutions to the seven challenge questions. The Alliance will select ten (10) ideas and solutions for each event date in the Let’s Talk Allyship series on February 16, March 23, April 20, May 18, and June 15. Proposed ideas will be provided with a free consultation before the presentation to attendees and panelists. Each session will take place at The Brandywine Center Kay Conference Room (744 East Lincoln Highway) from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.
Participants can submit ideas on one or more challenge questions listed below: :
- Economic Redevelopment:
- What is your idea(s) on how we can prevent the displacement of current Greater Coatesville residents?
- How do we increase the number of new local businesses in downtown Coatesville?
- What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville families and residents what’s necessary to live a healthy life?
- Mental Health:
- What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville families and residents what’s necessary for the emotional well-being and care they need?
- What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville students the support they need to graduate?
- What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville workers the support they need to earn higher wages and remain living in Greater Coatesville?
- What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville families and residents the support they need to become a homeowner in Greater Coatesville?
At each event the public (ie. participants attending) and a cross-section panel of representatives from government, nonprofit, business, and community sectors will be awarded financial awards in the amounts of $2,500, $1,000, and $500 for the best ideas. To submit an idea and solution, click HERE.
To learn more about partnership opportunities for an individual or team solution, please contact Alyssa Kotzmann at email@example.com.
The Alliance for Health Equity’s Community Voice Initiative empowers people in the places where they live by lifting their voices and building their power to shape the services and programs that affect them. By amplifying community voices to drive locally determined solutions, this strategy aims to influence systemic racism and discriminatory practices by influencing inequitable policies, systems, and structures that improve health and well-being for all.
Lunch and Meet session in November – December 2022 to develop and fine-tune challenge questions.
Pictured above: Jeff Hunt, Haven Behavioral Hospital LLC discussing Coatesville’s behavioral health recovery.
Pictured above: Dr. Richard Dunlap, Superintendent of Coatesville Area School District, discussing Coatesville’s education during The Alliance’s Lunch and Meet series.