Building Resilience: How To Engage and Mobilize Vulnerable Communities - Metropolitan Planning Council

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MPC Roundtable
Building Resilience: How To Engage and Mobilize Vulnerable Communities

April 14, 2015, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 
140 S. Dearborn Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

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Substandard housing. Unsafe environmental conditions. Poor health. Isolation.

These are just a few characteristics that can cripple a vulnerable community in the face of natural disasters such as Katrina or Sandy, as well as prolonged struggles like Chicagoland’s periodic heat waves and floods. Vulnerable communities have limited capacities to plan for, avoid and bounce back from the impact of natural and man-made emergencies.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council on Tuesday, April 14, at noon, as business, government and community leaders discuss how to work with residents in vulnerable communities toward solutions that will build resiliency. Speakers include:

  • Tiffany McDowell, Executive Director at the Institute on Social Exclusion, and Associate Director, Center on the Social Determinants of Mental Health, Adler University
  • Jacqueline Patterson, Director of NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program
  • Sarita Turner, Senior Associate at PolicyLink

The program begins at noon, with brief presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Seating will be limited, so please register in advance.

This is the second roundtable in MPC’s Building Resilience series, which is part of northeastern Illinois’ application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

MPC thanks ComEd for their generous sponsorship.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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