Strategies and takeaways from SCI's Forum on Social Capital and Health

L-R Harold Cox, Luis Prado, Sandro Galea, Allison Bauer, and Abigail Orti
On Friday, May 8th, SCI presented a Forum on Social Capital and Health at Boston University School of Public Health. The Forum was attended by over 100 people, many of whom work in the health field. 
 
BUSPH Dean Sandro Galea gave an engaging and informative presentation on the social production of health (his slides are available here). Galea emphasized that, while the US has some of the best hospitals in the world, many Americans don't live long enough or have the resources to access these benefits due to social determinants of health. 
 
The Dean's address was followed by a panel conversation featuring Abigial Ortiz of Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Allison Bauer of the Boston Foundation, Mo Barbosa of Health Resources in Action, and Luis Prado, Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Chelsea. The panel was moderated by Harold Cox of BUSPH.
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SCI and the Gloucester Youth Council: Let Youth Voices be Heard

Since Fall 2013, SCI has partnered with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative providing training and support for the HGC-sponsored Gloucester Youth Council. Though they serve many functions in the Gloucester community, the mission of the group is to spread accurate information about teen drug and alcohol abuse in Gloucester while working closely with adult leaders and peers to prevent future substance abuse. 
 
This spring, I have been called in to work more closely with the youth, providing support as they transition to a permanent advisor. Though I’m only a few weeks in to my new role, I am already inspired by the leadership, poise, and empathy exhibited by the youth (ranging in ages 15-18).
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Volunteer at SCI's 2015 Social Capitalist Luncheon!

SCI's annual Luncheon is one of our primary fundraising activities. Funds raised support our efforts to foster healthy communities and train the leaders of tomorrow. 
 
Volunteers are needed on April 2nd at the Sheraton Boston from 10;30am-12:30pm to help with the registration process. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and a chance to see Maestro Ben Zander of the (Boston Philharmonic) and Eric Schwarz (cofounder of Citizen Schools) honored as 2015 SCI Idealists! If interested, contact Karen Rice at krice@socialcapitalinc.org.
 
SCI's annual Luncheon is one of our primary fundraising activities.
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Be "Part of the Solution" with Lynn's HALT Conference

Join SCI AmeriCorpsJoin SCI AmeriCorps Member, Benine Mudymba, and Part of the Solution (POS), in planning this year's HALT Conference! HALT is a yearly gathering of teens from around the city of Lynn to celebrate the power of youth voices and drive positive change within the community. 
 
Join SCI AmeriCorps Member, Benine Mudymba, and Part of the Solution (POS), in planning this year's HALT Conference! HALT is a yearly gathering of teens from around the city of Lynn to celebrate the power of youth voices and drive positive change within the community. 
 
The conference is completely free and includes teen centered workshops, community resource tables, free food, performances from community leaders, and a celebration dance.
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