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Goals and Deliverables

Conference Goals:

1. Actively address the issue of the public health challenges in the face of climate change in the Southwest through the offering of distinguished speakers and facilitated stakeholder workshops designed to encourage and develop new leaders (and to support and re-energize existing leaders) in building innovative community organizing strategies for climate change adaptation.
2. Sustain the work of these community leaders into the future by providing networking opportunities, resources (see deliverables below), and mentoring.
3. Offer a replicable model for engaging communities in climate adaptation throughout the nation

Conference Objectives:

To provide a public forum for facilitated stakeholder input into the development of six strategic plans for building resilience into these areas of climate risk vulnerability:

  • Assuring Local and Regional Food Security ,Availability, and Safety
  • Integrating Health Care , Emergency Medical Response and Disaster Preparedness
  • Promoting Mental Well-being and and Spiritual Health
  • Educating Our Children and Schools for New Environmental Problem Solving
  • Building Resilience in Our Cultural Diversity with Cross Cultural and Cross Border Cooperation
  • Organizing to Strengthen and Support Our Most Vulnerable Community Members

Conference Deliverables:

  • A summary report of the conference that includes an evaluation of how well we met our objectives based on a survey of stakeholder responses on knowledge, attitudes, and overall satisfaction with the conference
  • Distribution of this report to all attendees via a follow up email and link a to a web resource
  • A resource manual in a downloadable PDF format
  • Follow-up 3-hour facilitated workshop with senior government personnel to support the integration of the resource manual and stakeholder input into planning and preparedness for climate change in Tucson and Pima County