Partner Spotlight: June 2019

Partner Spotlight: June 2019

Thank you to East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) for being a long-term and loyal partner of re:TH!NK. ECWRPC has done a lot of work with re:THINK’s Active Communities and Social Connectedness teams, especially in our latest project. ECWRPC staff Tyler DeBruin and Ashley Tracy from the Safe Routes to School program helped tremendously to make the pop-up crosswalk happen on 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in the Sacred Heard Neighborhood of Oshkosh. Tyler also co-presented at the 2019 Wisconsin Public Health Association conference about re:TH!NK’s whole experience with the pop-up crosswalk project. His technical expertise was a tremendous asset and contributed to the success of the project.

Member Spotlight: June 2019

Member Spotlight: June 2019

Big kudos to Alana Erickson for taking the lead on coordinating several community book reads throughout Winnebago County! So far, there has been a community book read in Neenah with 8 participants, Winneconne with 7 participants, and Oshkosh with 6 participants. re:TH!NK is still interested in hosting a discussion in Menasha and Omro. (If you want to partner email: aerickson@co.winnebago.wi.us). re:TH!NK has received 30 donated books and has had 38 requests to borrow the book!  Through the 3 events hosted so far, there has been 22 attendees at the book discussions. re:TH!NK has five major partners involved in the book reads and is currently looking for more!
Through the events so far, 14 of the event attendees stated that they met at least one new person at the event, so we’re actively building social connections! If you missed it, the featured book was Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg. The book introduces the notion that shared spaces can improve our health and happiness, and are vital to communities. The goal of the community book reads is to raise awareness about the concepts and work of the re:TH!NK Social Connectedness Team right here in Winnebago County. Thank you Alana for your work with the Team and taking time to organize the book reads!
Learn more about the book reads here!

re:THINK’s WorkShop on Social Connectedness

re:THINK’s WorkShop on Social Connectedness

We are excited to focus our upcoming re:TH!NK Workshop on the topic of social connectedness, featuring Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute. Our workshops are a way to provide focused learning on important topics our coalition members find value in. This free event is open to anyone interested in learning more about this topic who are connected to a variety of community stakeholders working together to create change.
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
Where: UW-Oshkosh, Reeve Memorial Union
               748 Algoma Boulevard
               Oshkosh, WI 54901
Paul Born, President of the Tamarack Institute and co-founder of Vibrant Communities will be one of the content experts and our main guide throughout the day. As director of Vibrant Communities, Paul helps cities and local leaders develop and implement large-scale change initiatives through learning networks.
re:TH!NK’s Social Connectedness team has been learning about social connectedness, who is most impacted by disconnectedness, and the impact of social support on health outcomes because people aren’t connecting in-person where they live. Over the last two years support has been building to deepen our understanding on how social connections impact the health of our residents and their ability to be engaged in their community.
re:TH!NK has also been working with POINT (Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team) for the past year. “Family Support and Social Connectedness” is one of POINT’s four key drivers of poverty. This learning session represents their first deep learning into the topic and how it intersects with poverty. Thank you POINT for partnering with re:TH!NK on this awesome workshop!
Come explore this topic with us, understand what’s happening locally, and learn what we can do as individuals, organizations, and communities to create more opportunities for connection.
View Paul Born’s keynote presentation and follow-up webinar at the links below:
Annual Legislative Breakfast

Annual Legislative Breakfast

re:TH!NK held its annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, May 3rd. Over 20 elected officials representing school districts, city councils, village boards, law enforcement and state legislators attended the “building relationships for better health” discussing the health impacts of current issues like d

Doug Gieryn, Winnebago County Health Department Director/Health Officer, provided an overview of the five issues before attendees broke out into small groups for some lively conversation.

Thank you to our event planning team, our guest speakers/issue experts, and Leadership Council members who helped made this a successful breakfast! If you want more information about the legislative breakfast, please email us at rethink @ co.winnebago.wi.us

Pop-Up Crosswalk

Pop-Up Crosswalk

A temporary crosswalk has “popped up” at the corner of 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in Oshkosh. A pop-up is a resident-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost and scale-able interventions to catalyze long-term change. Residents of Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association have identified this intersection as sometimes difficult and unsafe to cross. This intersection is close to Franklin Elementary School, Stoegbauer Park and St. Jude Catholic Church, places where children and families frequently go.

The goals of this temporary demonstration project are:

  • Hear from residents about the real-world use of streets and public spaces
  • Engage community members in activities that impact issues they’ve identified
  • Test aspects of a project before making large financial investments
  • Encourage people to work together in new ways, strengthening relationships between residents, non-profits, local businesses, and government agencies

Did you experience the pop-up crosswalk? Share your thoughts about it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/popupcrosswalk

The pop-up crosswalk will only be up through May 8, 2019 so make sure to check it out next time you’re out and about. Search #reTHINKcrosswalks on Facebook for additional project info!

This project could not have happened with out so many community partners combined efforts. Thank you to Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, St. Jude the Apostle, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Safe Routes to School program, Art City Wraps, Uptown, Oshkosh Storm Companies, Growing Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh Sociology and Geography Departments, and the City of Oshkosh.

Member Spotlight: April 2019

Member Spotlight: April 2019

Jackie and Michele are rockstar leaders in the Sacred Heart Neighborhood area of Oshkosh! We first got to know Jackie when she began working with the re:TH!NK Social Connectedness Team to strengthen and build neighborly relationships in their area. As they worked with their neighborhood they learned more about what residents cared about and a specific challenge emerged. They heard concerns about children being able to safely cross Knapp Street on their way to school each day. Residents felt that cars were moving too fast, parking on both sides of the street made drivers seeing children and children seeing cars difficult, and the cross walk was not well defined. Michele, Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association core team member and St. Jude Parish (on Knapp St) staff, connected to the work of the neighborhood and joined Jackie in working to get safer crossing for children going to school and to church functions.

And idea to try out a better, safer, more visible type of crosswalk was imagined in late 2018 and Jackie and Michele have been important members of the project’s planning team since the beginning. They connected with residents and parish members to let them know about the project, called upon local businesses to be a part of the project, engaged youth and students in different tasks, and helped install what became a “pop-up crosswalk” on the corner of 5th Ave and Knapp St. in late April 2019.

We would like to offer a huge shout-out and thank you to leaders like Jackie and Michele for making our community a better place to live, work, and play!