Saturday, March 5, 2016
Mindy Warren, Director of Birth Center Services and Pam Smart, Care Integration Coordinator at Community Connections instruct Bridges Out of Poverty, a program founded by Dr. Ruby K. Payne. Dr. Payne is an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and on crossing socioeconomic lines in education, work, and for social change.
The essence of Bridges is a uniquely powerful tool designed to create a deeper understanding of people who live in poverty and their challenges and strengths. The definition of poverty, from the Bridges perspective, is the “extent to which an individual does without resources.” The resources are: Financial, emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, support systems, relationships/role models, knowledge of hidden rules and coping strategies. Typically, poverty is thought of in terms of financial resources. The reality is that financial resources alone do not explain the differences in the success with which some individuals leave poverty or stay.
Included in NVRH’s strategic plan is the goal to address the challenges for those who live in poverty, and discover ways to work collaboratively with organizations and people in the NEK to create opportunities for success. Bridges operates from the belief that when individuals, institutions and communities work together, policies can change. Having a clearer understanding of hidden rules, knowing the unspoken cues and habits of a group of people, as well as differences between generational and situational poverty is a small portion of what people will learn in this workshop. Employees involved in social, health and legal services can learn about redesigning programs to better serve people; build skill sets for management to help guide employees; upgrade training for front line staff including receptionists, caseworkers and managers; improve treatment outcomes in healthcare and behavioral healthcare and increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work.
“Mindy and Pam offer a truly wonderful experience. Not only is the material interesting, but their ability to help people broaden their perspective and sharpen their awareness and sensitivity of what some people cope with in daily life is impressive. It’s impossible to leave the workshop without a clearer understanding of how people may perceive me as well. They rolled out the whole program beautifully. It left me with a new awareness, as well as a desire to help facilitate change,” said Hilary De Carlo, one of the participants. There will be five additional courses taught during 2016. For information, please call Pam Smart at 748-7395.