Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Marie Barry, RWHC Director of Community Economic Development
Jocelyn Hernandez-Swanson, Leadership & Civic Engagement Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
Scott Chazdon, Evaluation and Research Specialist, University of Minnesota Extension
Alisa Pykett, Action Researcher and Evaluator, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Olivia Little, PhD, Translational Researcher, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Growth is often heralded as integral to economic development. Many community services are dependent upon community growth to ensure their funding streams remain viable. However, many rural communities are currently facing aging and shrinking demographic trends that carry with them economic challenges.
The 2020 Census data has reinforced prior research demonstrating that one of the most successful ways to combat declining rural population is through growing immigrant communities in rural areas. Ensuring that communities are welcoming and inclusive is an important development strategy to help your rural community attract and retain people and reverse challenging demographic trends. Additionally, a growing body of research is proving that belonging and inclusivity have tangible effects on our health.
Join RWHC for a webinar exploring the effects of belonging and inclusivity on health outcomes and economic outcomes. We will learn more about the linkages among these topics and how other rural communities have successfully made their communities more welcoming with strategies you can take back to your own community today!