In Waterville, everyone can learn and everyone can lead.
At our June 2016 Healthy Waterville Celebration, 95 community partners attended, including 58 residents living in poverty (61%). 100 Million Healthier Lives Leader, Dr. Soma Stout, inspired us with stories from around the world about regular people who became leaders in improving community health.
Many people with lived experience were motivated to join the Healthy Waterville Action Team.
We have learned that the best way to build bridges is to share a meal together. Thanks to the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, we break down barriers by providing transportation and having food at almost every Healthy Waterville meeting.
Our 2016 Annual Planning Meeting became an Equity Action Lab celebrating Leadership and System Change
Fifty-four people attended, including 16 Waterville residents with lived experience (30%). Steve Rowe, CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, told moving personal stories about Leading for Equity.
Our SCALE friends from Healthy Monadnock, NH, including Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi, visited Waterville to observe our Equity Action Lab in September 2016. In small groups, we learned about Leading from Within, ways of being together, and the stories of our names. People raised Jargon Cards when something wasn’t clear and submitted Rapid Feedback Forms after each session.
Healthy Northern Kennebec awarded mini-grants to four Waterville organizations, including the Albert S. Hall School. Thanks to their leadership in improving local systems, more children and adults will have access to healthy foods. After Healthy Waterville Action Team member Kathryn Kelly closed with a thoughtful reflection about abundance, we celebrated with a Dance Party!