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Social Sustainability Colloquium
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 2:00pm to Friday, January 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Fridays, 2-4 p.m.
ASRC (Rec Center Building), Room 660
1800 SW 6th Avenue
Free and open to the public

Friday - April 18

Food Systems: Social Capital and Social Cohesion through Food Systems Initiatives

Second in a 4-part series

What is social capital and social cohesion? Why are they important concepts in understanding capacity building in various communities? Hear from researchers that examine how social cohesion and capital contributes to the health of communities and how food systems strategies can play a role in this.


Dr. Larry Wallack, Senior Research Fellow at the Moore Institute at OHSU, will introduce the concept and research around the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), a long-standing body of research that emphasizes access to nutrition and community support as essential to the prevention of significant poor health outcomes.


Claudia Arana-Colen, HOPE Coalition representative, will share the Coalition's efforts to integrate community voice into the development of a 5-year plan that focuses on improving health equity for the region. The HOPE Coalition is a regional partnership of communities of color, health advocates, and policy makers working together with the common goal of addressing specific health inequities that exist within Oregon.



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Spring 2014 Schedule

April 4: Measuring and Improving Social Impacts

April 11: Food Systems: Convening and Creating Community More info »

April 18: Social Capital and Social Cohesion through Food Systems Initiatives (April11 & 18 and May 2 & 9) More info »

April 25: Sustainability:  Western and Indigenous Worldviews Are Very Different - Larry Merculief

May 2 Common Food Systems Strategies: Who are they helping, who are they hurting? More info »

May 9 Strengthening Community Capacity Using Food Systems Strategies
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May 16: Attend the Research to Action Symposium on Food Systems

May 23 Social Sculpture (The Expanded Concept of Art): Developing New Organs of Perception as a Method of Engagement - James Reed

May 30 SAGE – Senior Advocates for Generational Equity: Inspiring people to give forward with their time, talent, and passion to enable younger and future generations to thrive - Steve Higgs and Ward Greene