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Organizing Community Health through Cultural Engagement

The Organizing Community Health through Cultural Engagement project recognizes that low-income indigenous people and people of color on the West Side, including many new immigrants, lack the power to shape how their community functions. This initiative builds on the long-standing work of the West Side Community Organization and the Neighborhood Development Alliance to effectively engage the voice and power of historically underrepresented community residents by adding Ce Tempoxcalli’s explicit cultural organizing framework. The focus of this project is in building power and leadership to address food access issues challenging West Side communities of color and immigrant communities, and those living in low-income housing through a culturally grounded community engagement process that builds community health and resident power simultaneously. Using free space on the West Side, they will grow food and increase the engagement of historically excluded members of their community in advancing policies and practices that lead to more equitable food security on the West Side.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Ce Tempoxcalli
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CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988