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WEIGHT OF THE NATION
May 14, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a community discussion in Grant County on the HBO documentary "Weight of the Nation." This will be at NKU's Grant County campus, Room 210. RSVP to email@example.com. Panelists: Lynne Saddler, M.D., MPH, District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department; Jaspreet Chahal, M.D., Endocrinologist, St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Nancy Swick, MED, RD, LD. Moderated by: Christopher Bollilng, M.D., Pediatrician and Obesity Program Chair for American Academy of Pediatrics.
BABIES VS. THE BOARDROOM: TOUGH CHOICES FOR MODERN FAMILIES
The topic: Is it better to work or to stay at home full time with your children? Women have more opportunities than ever, but it remains difficult to bridge the gap between working and staying at home with the children. Is there a middle ground? Join Dr. Adrianne Frech, assisstant professor of sociology at the University of Akron, as she discusses her research on health and a woman's decision to work.
Format: Come to this Forum and particiapte in a discussion with other moms whose work/family life patterns have changed over time.The speaker and panel: Dr. Frech was featured in the New York Times "Motherlode: Adventures in Parently" (nytimes.com) blog on Aug. 23, 2012, under the headline: "Full-time work means better health for mothers." On our panel will be Jeanne Schroer, Leshia Lyman and Christine Barth.
The moderator: Enquirer Editor Carolyn Washburn will moderate.
When and where: May 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, at the Dixie Heights High School Auditorium, 3010 Dixie Highway, Edgewood. Doors open at 6 p.m. This event is free.
RSVP: Optional but requested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AN EVENT OF INTEREST
Former tobacco industry marketing manager LaTranisha Wright speaks out agains the predatory marketing practices of the tobacco industry. She will be making two apprearances, both supported by the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District.
Register for either event at: nkyhealth.org/wright.
11a-12:30p, May 9, at the Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger. Ms. Wright's topic will be "Conducting Retail Assessments to Expose the Disparity in Access to Tobacco Products."
4p-5:30p, May 9, at the Holmes High School Auditorium, 2500 Madiston Ave., Covington. Ms. Wright's topic will be "Big Tobacco Retail Contracts and Practices in African-American and Low Income Communities."
While these two events are not Forum events, they are the kind of public discussion and education on public issues that the Forum supports -- and we urge your attendence.
Colin Beynon, director of human resources with DHL Express - CVG Hub and US Gateways
Lisa Edmonds, human resouces advisor with St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Jim Cropper, store manager with Home Goods
Carol Leonhart, branch manager with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Stacy Meyer, employment specialists with Redwood
Katie Wolf-Smith, associate project director with the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First
Moderator: Angie Taylor, vice president, workforce solutions, Gateway Community and Technical College
A Conversation with the CVG CEO
March 12, Budig Theater, University Center, NKU
Candace McGraw, the CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will talk about the challenges and opportunities for an institution often called "the economic engine of our region." Dan Hurley, the host of "Newsmakers" on WKRC/Local 12, will be the moderator.
Ms. McGraw came to CVG in 2009 as chief administrative officer and became CEO in July 2011 as the airport was weathering a down economy and a reconfigured airline industry. This year, she oversees an airport welcoming growth (DHL is expanding) but still facing economic pressures. How will she meet those challenges? What is her vision for growth and success at CVG?
The Northern Kentucky Forum is partnering with the Cincinnatus Association for this event.
Our State, Our Voice: The 2013 Kentucky General Assembly
Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Notre Dame Academy
Four of Northern Kentucky's state legislators (State Senator Damon Thayer, State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Rep. Arnold Simpson and State Rep. Adam Koeing) discussed the issues and dynamics of the general assembly. Rob Weber of the Legislative Research Commission provided a citizen's "how to" guide for the following legislation and contacting lawmakers. For a recap of the NKY Forum, read "Legislative Forum: Tolls for Bridge Project Won't Pass General Assembly."
Weight of the Nation
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, we viewed and discussed HBO's documentary series "The Weight of the Nation." We talked about the implications of this powerful series for our region and its resources. Seven highly qualified health physicians, pediatricians, state representatives and city wellness directors sat on the discussion panel.
Planning for an Aging Population
Wednesday July 18, Edgewood Senior Center, 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017
The Baby Boom Generation is aging, and communities must prepare their services and infrastructure for this arriving wave of senior citizens. Is Northern Kentucky ready? What's ready mean? What do we need to do to be certain our community is well-prepared for this demographic reality? Our opening speaker was Ron Crouch, demographer, Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet. Panelists were Anne Wildman, director, Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging, Ken Rechtin, interim executive director, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, John Muller, executive vice president, Carespring Health Care Management and administrator of Villaspring of Erlanger; and Dr. William Stafford, board certified physician in family medicine and geriatric medicine, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Family Practice Center. Terry Grundy, community impact director for the United Way of Cincinnati, moderated.
Public transportation and parks and walking trails are in most need of improvement for handling the coming wave of Baby Boomer retirees, according to a community poll taken at this forum. Results of this poll showed that only 2 percent of respondents believe the region is well prepared for the approaching age wave. Read the full results.
Everyone's Voice Counts: Lessons in Community Engagement
This event, on Feb. 29, engaged participants in dialogue to explore what can be learned from national research and from each other about bringing positive, lasting changes to our neighborhoods through focused resources and use of the community's collective voice. Dr. David Harris and Dr. Mark McPhail offered their insights and research they???ve conducted related to inner-city neighborhoods and the many issues such neighborhoods face, including educational and job opportunities, portrayal in the media, public safety, and housing.
Be InFORMed: 2012 Kentucky General Assembly and You
On Jan. 30, the forum hosted a forum event that enabled the public to interact with a panel of insiders who knew the ins and out of the Capitol's ways. Questions answered included: What are the key issues this season and what's the best way to track them? Since what happens in Frankfort impacts our daily lives, isn't it our civic duty to let our lawmakers hear from us? And if you want to have an impact on state policy, how do you do so?
PREPARING OUR CHILDREN FOR 21ST CENTURY CAREERS: The New Face of Manufacturing
On Thursday, December 1, the Forum will hosted an interactive discussion on ???the new face of manufacturing??? in the Northern Kentucky Region, including the education and career pathways that exist beyond high school to support this industry. The dialogue will identified the motivational factors that students, parents, and educators use in deciding or directing education and career paths. Participants will heard from a current manufacturing employer, a current apprentice at a local manufacturing company, and a current post-secondary student pursuing a career in manufacturing as they share their perspectives on careers in manufacturing and how the field of manufacturing is increasingly becoming driven by technology and innovation.
IS THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT IN KENTON COUNTY IDEAL?
This public dialogue followed a dialogue held with public officials and candidates in April 2010, when the topic was "How local governments in Kenton County can work better together." At that event, the attendees (more than 60 people) reached five consensus points:
1. Local government is highly valued.
2. New models of government and governance bear exploration.
3. Should a new model of governance be devised, its exact form remains to be determined.
4. A city-county merger was neither embraced nor rejected.
5. Overall, this topic warrants continuing dialogue in Kenton County, including efforts to engage the public.
The complete report to the community can be found here.
The Oct. 11 Forum was a direct effort to follow up on these consensus points, particularly on the final point to keep the dialogue going and to engage the public.Click here for a recap in an article from the Cincinnati Enquirer
About the FORUM
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy -- three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement.
The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy. Forum events are free, and intended for both the NKU campus community and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.