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March 11, 2023
Cintas Center, XU

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Registration is now open. 
Deadline to register: Friday March 3, 2023
The Summit is free and open to all, however we as you to register to get the head count for lunch and to determine room locations


Preliminary program, subject to change


9:15 – 9:50

Get to Know the CMO: A conversation with the City Manager and Assistant City Managers
Sheryl M.M. Long, City Manager; Billy Weber, Assistant City Manager; Virginia Tallent, Interim Assistant City Manager
Join us for a moderated conversation with City Manager Sheryl Long and Assistant City Managers Virginia Tallent and Billy Weber to learn more about their roles, responsibilities, and passion for local government. You’ll hear from these top Cincinnati leaders on their backgrounds, public service journeys, and vision for the future of our city. Opportunities to ask questions and hear directly from the City Manager and her team will be provided.

Black Owned: The Importance of the Black Food Justice Movement
Dr. Francoise Knox Kazimierczuk, University of Cincinnati; Dr. Lauren Forbes University of Cincinnati; Mona Jenkins, Queen Mother’s Market
A Longer Table: How Neighborhoods are Collaborating to Improve Food Security
Mona Jenkins, Queen Mothers Market Cooperative, Co-op Cincy; Gene Ellington, New Bond Hill Market, Community Economic Advancement Initiatives; Reba Hennessey, Meiser’s Fresh Grocery & Deli, Your Store of the Queen City
The 1st half of this session will discuss the connection between racial health disparities and food access, focusing on institutional and systemic racism which has shaped our food ecosystem through local, state, and federal policies. Reshaping of these policies requires action across the socioecological model, which takes intentionality and considerable time. Communities need access to healthy affordable food now! Agency by Black People in Cincinnati has created a Food Justice Movement emphasizing People Power at the community level, which is making all the difference for Black communities in need, and it plays a vital role in redressing systemic inequities. 

In the 2nd half of this session, we will be exploring how neighborhood health outcomes are impacted by food apartheid; and how barriers to food security can be overcome through community organizing and resident-led design, such as in Bond Hill, Lower Price Hill, and Walnut Hills.

Creating a Healthy Neighborhood: Overcoming Jim Crow Healthcare
Steve Sunderland, Coalition for Health Care Justice; Jada Davis, Cancer Justice Network; Kathy O’Malley, Navigator, Church of the Resurrection.
Overcoming discrimination in health care is key to changing health in Neighborhoods.  The Coalition for Health Justice has been formed to a) increase health access for every faith based institution; b) provide a Navigator to each site for the purpose of facilitating true access to healthcare; and, c) raise voices about the levels of discrimination that continue to keep the death rates so high for minorities, seniors, refugees, people with disabilities, and the poor.

Historic Preservation: A tool for neighborhood and community development 
Beth Johnson, Cincinnati Preservation Association; Emily Ahouse, City of Cincinnati
Learn about how and why historic preservation is a necessary tool for Cincinnati neighborhoods to create sustainable, stable and healthy neighborhoods. The second half of the presentation will be focused on the the different types of preservation that can be implemented within a neighborhood. 

10:10 – 10:50

Community Power Building for Health
Kate Schroder, Interact for Health; Ashlee Young, Interact for Health
A key element of building a healthy community is the people. Join Interact for Health for a conversation about the importance and urgency of people power. 

Connected Communities
Katherine Keough-Jurs, Alex Peppers, City Planning
What do “Connected Communities” look like?  Join Planning for a discussion of the engagement efforts around the Connected Communities policy initiatives.

Resilient Neighborhoods: The Lower Mill Creek Valley Brownfield Revitalization
Howard Miller, Amanda Testerman Office of Environment and Sustainability; Taylor German, Dept of Community and Economic Development; Tanner Yess, Groundworks Ohio River Valley; Ihor Melnyk, Terracon Consultants; Jim Zentmeyer, Civil and Environmental Consultants

Resilient neighborhoods are healthy, socially cohesive neighborhoods. Cleanup and reuse of vacant or underutilized contaminated industrial properties, commonly referred to as brownfields, is a top priority in the resilience movement to holistically revitalize a neighborhood’s health. This movement is exciting and is filled with recent success stories, transformative projects currently being conducted, and important opportunities to seize upon.  

Healthy Neighborhoods Equals Quality Housing for All:  Dealing with blight, vacancy, neglect, absentee landlords
Art Dahlberg, Buildings & Inspections; Kate Burroughs, Quality of Life
Join Buildings and Inspections and the Law Dept Quality of Life Division for updates on programs and ways to mitigate housing problems

11:05 – 11:45

Balance: The City Budget Game Show
Dr. Andrew M. Dudas, Budget Director, Brian N. Gay, City of Cincinnati – Office of Budget & Evaluation; Special Guest Appearance: Sheryl  Long, City Manager, City of Cincinnati
Inspired by the engaging format of a game show, this session will involve contestants from the audience in a series of games intended to entertain while educating the audience on various attributes of the City of Cincinnati’s Budget. Games will touch on subjects like budget composition and the costs associated with offering and supporting critical City services such as public safety, health services, parks, recreational spaces, and transportation infrastructure. Balance: The City Budget Game Show aims to put the FUN in funding!

How Neighborhoods Can Keep Housing Affordable
Margie Spinney, Carol Smith, Renting Partnerships; residents
Founders of Renting Partnerships will discuss how to overcome housing inequities related to social, racial, income and wealth inequality.  How to provide an alternative to owning or renting that allows low-income households to build financial equity and sustain the quality and affordability of their housing. 

Healthy Neighborhoods!  That’s cool, but…
Jeffrey Stec, Citizens for Civic Renewal; Peter Hames
Just what is a healthy neighborhood?  How will we know if we live in one?  Join us for this interactive workshop that will focus on participants defining what a healthy neighborhood and and identifying what  measures will tell us if we live in one

Fostering Community Leadership Through Strengths
Jameela Salaah Center for Great Neighborhoods; Rosie Santos, Mayerson Academy; William Stone, Lennette Beasley
Healthy neighborhoods are driven by active and engaged residents. Covington Leads is a program whose goal is to identify, train, nurture, and energize new civic leaders in Covington during a 13-week session period. 20+ participants have used their strengths and passion to implement neighborhood improvement projects ranging from health, financial security, creative writing, neighborhood engagement, beautification, and more.

1:45 – 2:25

Creating Community: Community Engagement Framework for the Future
Kait Bell, Office of the City Manager; Jeremiyah Hairston, Department of City Planning & Engagement
Join us for a session on the City’s progress to create more collaborative and inclusive community engagement practices. Hear the latest on the City’s year-long cross-departmental research and how those community insights are propelling us forward to create a new framework for community engagement. This session will include an interactive activity to involve attendees in the creation of the new city-wide engagement framework.

The Power of Art and Storytelling to Help Build Diverse, Inclusive, and Healthy Neighborhoods
 Deqah Hussein-Wetzel, Urbanist Media; Dr. Eric Jackson, NKU; Dr. LaVerne Summerlin, UC; Ke Parks, Cincinnati & Hamilton Co Library -West End; ROMAC
This cultural preservation panel discussion will center around the themes of African American history, cultural heritage, community resilience, storytelling, and oral histories. Specifically, this moderated panel focuses on the importance of preserving Black cultural heritage in the West End through storytelling and podcasting, in an effort to build healthier neighborhoods.

Healthy Schools + Healthy Neighborhoods
Elisa Hoffman, School Board School; Christopher Grant, Westwood School; Amber Simpson, PleasantRidge Montessori School; Stacey Hill-Simmons, School Leadership, CPS/ Evanston
We know that education is a social determinant of health, and, therefore, if we want to build healthy neighborhoods, we need to build strong neighborhood schools. In this moderated panel conversation, we will learn from three Cincinnati Public Schools principals who have led their neighborhood schools to increased academic outcomes, and whose schools have become centerpieces of their neighborhoods. We will dive into their evaluations of what they are doing at their schools that they believe is replicable elsewhere, how they have seen their schools’ performance impact their neighborhoods, and the connections they see on a daily basis between health and education.

Invisible Infrastructure: How Community Partners Collaborate for Neighborhood Improvement
The Port, with community partners
In this panel discussion, community partners including The Port, neighborhood Community Development Corporations, and small developers will look at the multifaceted connection between healthy neighborhoods and a healthy real estate market, including the systemic issues faced by neighborhoods experiencing disinvested real estate and exploring examples of how communities are fighting back. The session will focus on how thriving residential, commercial, and industrial real estate markets interact and mutually reinforce stable communities while exploring the various tools available to Cincinnati neighborhoods for directing better community outcomes.

2:40 – 3:20

Pedestrian Safety
Councilmember Mark Jeffreys; Angie Strunc, DOTE; Bryan Williams, DOTE;  Julie Brown,
Felicia Eschenlohr, College Hill Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee
City staff will share information about new traffic calming tools and describe the Cincinnati’s Vision Zero/Pedestrian Safety Program and how to apply for funding.  Community advocates from Cincinnati’s College Hill neighborhood will share upcoming projects and their work to be a successful advocate for your neighborhood.

Connecting Our Neighbors to Community Service Systems
Rev Sarah Beach, My Neighbor’s Place; Noel Beyer; Neighborhood Allies; Paul Komarek, Human Intervention
This session shows how My Neighbor’s Place, a church-sponsored food pantry in Westwood, is helping many of its poorest clients work their way through complicated application processes and access public service systems. The ultimate answer involves much more than “navigation assistance.” It’s about building a community where people help each other.

Empowering Communities Through Gardening
Kymisha Montgomery, Civic Garden Center; Shannon Carr, Kanggy Gardening Project
Community gardens are about building social ties, sharing skills and experience, and taking proactive measures to improve our physical and mental well-being. They provide the opportunity for people in marginalized groups to fully participate and to take on leadership roles in their community, and empower us to organize and advocate for ourselves and our communities. 

3:35 – 4:15

Resilient Neighborhoods, Sustainable City: The 2023 Green Cincinnati Plan
Councilwoman Meeka Owens; Oliver Kroner, Office of Environment and Sustainability; Ashlee Young, Interact for Health; Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson, Groundwork Ohio River Valley; Savannah Sullivan, Green Umbrella
Sustainable and resilient neighborhoods are better for the individual health of their residents and the health and well-being of the community. With the 2023 Green Cincinnati Plan, the City is prioritizing frontline communities like never before to create jobs, increase greenspace and tree canopy, improve air quality, and so much more. City leaders and community partners will discuss the City’s upcoming presentation and adoption of the 2023GCP, the Climate Safe Neighborhoods model, and what the next steps are for building Cincinnati’s neighborhoods into the green climate centers of the nation.

Measuring Community Health:  a Conversation with the Cincinnati Health Department  
Grant Mussman, Maryse Amin, Cincinnati Health Department
Part of the Cincinnati Health Department’s work is to find ways to assess community health with the goal of improvement.  This session will be a preview of the department’s current community health assessment in order to facilitate a conversation about the data and what measures may be needed for the future.

Prefab + Affordable + Sustainable: Infill Buildings for Healthy Neighborhoods
Mary Jo Minerich, GBBN
Resilient neighborhoods are healthy, socially cohesive neighborhoods. Cleanup and reuse of vacant or underutilized contaminated industrial properties, commonly referred to as brownfields, is a top priority in the resilience movement to holistically revitalize a neighborhood’s health. This movement is exciting and is filled with recent success stories, transformative projects currently being conducted, and important opportunities to seize upon.  

Registration is now open. 
Deadline to register: Friday March 3, 2023
The Summit is free and open to all, however we ask you to register to get the head count for lunch and to determine room locations

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