Opelika Community of Hope launches Mobile Health Clinic!

Mobile Clinic Launch

Casey Family Programs has partnered with the City of Opelika to strengthen families and reduce the number of children requiring the services of the foster care system. The project includes numerous community, university and civic partners, notably Mayor Gary Fuller’s Office, the Opelika City Council, East Alabama Medical Center, Auburn University Office of Student Outreach and the Auburn University School of Nursing.
On October 12th and 13th Paul DiLorenzo, Senior Director of Strategy for Casey Family Programs along with local Casey Family Programs Project Managers Jocelyn Zanzot and Daniel Neil of Mobile Studio conducted a two-day workshop featuring Dr. Nancy Hardt, M.D. University of Florida Medical School, Emeritus focusing on mobile health care strategies to reach under-served populations. Dr. Hart presented her successful model from the Gainesville area that provides free health care to low income communities and the impact of overall community health on successful families.
First Transit has donated a 40’long passenger bus to the Opelika Community of Hope and is dedicated to helping this project succeed.
Mobile Studio is very excited to advance Dr. Hardt’s model here in Opelika, situating the work within a comprehensive Community Health Equity Assessment. The next year presents exciting opportunities to design a state of the art mobile health clinic, listen and understand the community’s needs and desires, create an inter professional approach to staffing and outreach via the bus, learn about and create a training model based on trauma informed care and building resilience and chart a pathway for ending childhood trauma and enhancing family resilience in Opelika Alabama that will radiate out to the greater Central Alabama region. We hope you will get involved!
Check out some of the great local press below:

http://www.oanow.com/news/opelika/city-of-opelika-casey-family-programs-launches-mobile-outreach-medical/article_64435e73-6eeb-5ec1-8d48-17425270f536.html

http://www.wltz.com/2017/10/25/mobile-health-clinic-coming-opelika/

OLD FEDERAL ROAD STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: October 29th in Warrior Stand, Alabama

A day-long storytelling festival on the Old Federal Road will celebrate South Macon County’s history and events encompassing the Creek Indian Nation to Alabama Fever to Reconstruction up to the 1950s. The slate of activities includes: stories told about community life, people, cultural traditions and folkways, music, artifact displays, and tours of The Ridge Interpretive Center. The great Dr. Lorenzo Pace will be this year’s featured storyteller. Family-friendly, children’s activities, and delicious “tastes of the ridge” will be a’ plenty.

MOBILE STUDIO FIELD DAY THIS SUNDAY 1-5pm.

We are sad to say that for health reasons, Kathryn Moore will not be visiting Alabama this weekend, but the workshop will go as planned, this Sunday 1-5pm on the CSX Select Site in Macon County. Come ready to draw and discuss the future of this large rail-based industrial development as a catalyst for positive economic development. The site is located at the intersection of  I-85, highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee and the Uphapee Creek, just oppostie Pleasant Grove Church on the former Becks Turf Farm. From I-85 South, it is exit 35. Hope to see you there!

SHILOH SHOW OPENING: a wonderful re-imagining schoolgrounds program and event!

The opening Saturday brought together a great mix of students, school collaborators, civic leaders and friends of Shiloh in the Shiloh Rosenwald School in Notasulga to enjoy the show. It was great to see the student’s sharpest work framed in the context of the remarkable history of Shiloh and the care for land-based education cultivated in Macon County. The mixed-media program featured posters, photos and prints, agricultural displays, models, a slide show, film and laptops set up in the resource room to inspire the next year of community programming. The afternoon inspired many exciting future collaborations and provided thoughtful feedback about the Re-Imagining Schoolyards project to date. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting the Mobile Studio’s first full-scale public exhibition!

Re-Imagining Schoolyards: FINAL REVIEW DUDLEY GALLERY

DSC_0809A fabulous show in addition to being a provocative design review; the work stimulated conversations about life, landscape literacy, grassroots design/build, and hands-on learning. We explored the many potentials of schoolyards: playful to productive, meditative to magical, and the intention of constructing these landscapes with the communities of Notasulga, D.C. Wolfe and the Fews School in the future. Perhaps only the first in a system of co-operative extension design/build programs across the southeast, prototypes of this collaboration, like the Rosenwald Schools, could multiply across Alabama.  Many thanks to the excellent reviewers: Kevin Moore, David Hinson, Judd Langham, Jacqueline Margetts, Michael Robinson, Charlene LeBleu, Rod Barnett, and Birgit Kibelka from Birmingham for joining us for and sharing their thoughts. Please come next Saturday, 12-5 pm to Notasulga for the opening of the Re-Imagining Schoolgrounds: from roots to shoots Exhibition at the Shiloh Rosenwald School.