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Mobile, AL Training Closes Out "Powerful Facilitation" Series for GRHOP Community Involvement Partners

Staff members from VIET, Hijra House, Boat People SOS, NFEDC and Alliance Institute at the Powerful Facilitation workshop.On January 10-11 in Mobile, AL, Alliance Institute and Global Learning Partners hosted the second of two facilitation workshops for eight leaders from the four participating community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). GRHOP will help address the health needs of gulf coast residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

As part of this effort, the CBOs are expected to host monthly coalition meetings including local and state agencies and health center representatives, as well as monthly community meetings. Alliance Institute wants to support the CBOs to be successful at leading these coalition and community meetings since they will set the stage for a long, growing collaborative process. Global Learning Partners, Alliance Institute’s partner in the trainings, believes in the power of a dialogue approach to planning and facilitating these exchanges. 

Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (Louisiana), Hijra House (Mississippi), Boat People SOS (Alabama), and North Florida Educational Development Corp. (Florida) participated in the training. The “Powerful Facilitation” series was a part of a larger Alliance Institute effort aimed at strengthening the resilience of the whole Gulf region through community involvement. 

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VIET Plays Key Role in Health Clinic Expansion Project in Louisiana

VIET hosts a community meeting on the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program.By La'Keidra Mitchell

Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET) has been making significant strides as the designated Louisiana community based organization for the Gulf Regional Health Outreach Program (GRHOP). VIET is engaging oil spill-impacted communities in seven Louisiana coastal parishes. Because the foundation of GRHOP began in Louisiana several years ago, the initial outreach process has progressed at much quicker pace than in the other project states. 

VIET is very well known throughout New Orleans and under the leadership of Cyndi Nguyen the organization is already deeply engaged in many community coalitions and activities. VIET started strong in their GRHOP community coalition involvement with a November 2012 meeting in the New Orleans East community. The meeting introduced GRHOP to community members and asked for feedback. Subsequent meetings were scheduled and partners have remained engaged and excited about GRHOP through VIET’s interactive approaches of outreach. A tour has been scheduled of the NOELA clinic and community feedback cards have been created for distribution in the area. 

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