Workshops and Speeches from AAC 2020

The 2020 All-America City Awards featured keynote remarks from Rev. Alvin Herring, Kaiser Permanente Exec. Bechara Choucair and the Executive Director of Well Being Trust, Tyler Norris. Additionally, workshops were held on topics such as voter engagement, health and well-being, racial equity, youth leadership and more. Re-live the event or see what you missed out on below. 


Lessons on Resilience and Equity from the COVID-19 Epidemic

City officials discussed their pandemic response, with a particular focus on how their civic capital and focus on equity mitigated the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities of the outbreak.

Speakers: Derek Okubo, Executive Director of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships for the City and County of Denver; David M. Rubedor Director of Neighborhood Community Relations for the City of Minneapolis; and Stacy Schweikhart, Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.


Infusing Racial Equity into Your Community: Practical Steps Forward

Participants learned why addressing equity is a governmental imperative and how to apply an “equity lens” to city services. Additionally, participants were given the tools to recognize and mitigate institutional racism.

Speakers: Dante James, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, The Gemini Group, LLC; Kevin Modica, former assistant chief for the Portland Police Bureau; and Joni Pattillo, Retired City Manager at City of Dublin.


Well-Being Learning Exchange

Panelists joined the All-America City Awards Event to discuss the 7 vital conditions of community well-being: Thriving Natural World, Basic Needs, Humane Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Lifelong Learning, Reliable Transportation, and Belonging and Civic Muscle.

All Things Voting: Election Reform and Voter Engagement
As part of this year’s virtual All-America City Awards, Rob Richie from FairVote and Clarissa Unger from Students Learn Students Vote joined us to discuss voter engagement efforts in the environment of COVID-19, as well as election reforms.


The National State of Mental Health, and Promising Local Efforts
A panel of mental health experts came together to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s mental health crisis, promising policy solutions and local efforts. Panelists included: Ben Miller, Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust; Jonah Cunningham, Government Relations Manager, Trust for America’s Health; Octavio Martinez, Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; and Lorez Meinhold, Executive Director, Caring for Denver.


Keynote Remarks

Rev. Alvin Herring, Executive Director of Faith in Action

Bechara Choucair, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer for Kaiser Foundation

Tyler Norris, Chief Executive of Well Being Trust

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