City Parks Alliance Workshop: Parks, Health, and Community Engagement in Brownsville

Parks, Health, and Community Engagement in Brownsville, TX

You are invited to a full-day workshop exploring how parks and the partnerships that sustain them can increase community engagement, improve health and wellness, and even serve as workforce development opportunities in Brownsville, TX. Participants will hear inspiring guest speakers, participate in a deep-dive case study, and engage in dialogue with their fellow participants to brainstorm how these insights can be applied to the parks system in Brownsville.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Time: 8:00am coffee, event is 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Location: Ringgold Civic Pavilion in Dean Porter Park, 501 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville

Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm, and there will be time for networking.

Participants must register by Wednesday, October 9th.


Guest Speakers

Sarah Messiah, Ph.D., MPH, Director, Center for Pediatric Population Health, UT School of Public Health, Dallas Campus. Sarah will share her experience instituting the Fit2Play model in partnership with Miami-Dade County. Fit2Play is an evidence-based, after-school play and nutrition education program that had measurable impacts on childhood health and obesity and resulted in the leveraging of additional funding to sustain the program.

Akiima Price, Community Liaison, National Park Foundation, Washington, DC. Akiima will share innovative programming strategies that feature nature as a powerful medium to connect underserved youth, adults, and families in meaningful, positive experiences that affect the way they feel about themselves, their communities, and their parks.

This workshop is led by City Parks Alliance (CPA) with support from The JPB Foundation and in partnership with The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department.

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