Fort Collins Red Cross Nurse Parade from 1917. This is WWI-related and not flu-related, but it does show the town of Fort Collins coming together and gives us a historical glimpse into our city. (Museum of Discovery Photo Archives)
Home2Health & the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Making History
As we continue to navigate through the uncertainty of COVID-19, one thing that is certain is that stories about health and housing have never been more important to capture. The Home2Health project is collaborating with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s Making History project to collect community stories through one central platform. Home2Health will use the stories collected to inform future health and housing policy. Beyond stories, you can share observations, images, sound files, and moving images. The Museum will be taking digital submissions throughout the COVID-19 health crisis, and over time, they plan to expand by collecting artwork, journals, interviews and objects that help tell the story of this unprecedented time in history. Ultimately, submitted materials will become part of the Collections and Archive at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and may be used in future exhibits, programs, and publications. The prompts on the Museum’s online form are general so, when sharing your story, we encourage you to consider these two additional questions:
Ready to share your story? Click here to get started!
Concerned about your privacy? The name and email fields of this form are not required and allow you to submit an anonymous story. If you have any questions, concerns, or technical difficulties, please reach out to the Home2Health team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation – Community Guides, Phase 2
Our partners at CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation have just launched Phase 2 of the Home2Health Community Guide program. Community Guides work to lift the voices of our communities by conducting conversations within their own networks and providing feedback from those discussions to the City.
For this round of engagement, we’ll continue hearing from our residents about their experiences with housing and health and will expand those conversations to learn about the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic impacts. Currently, we’re recruiting guides who have previously worked with the City and the CPD as Community Guides, Plan Ambassadors, or a Community Partners for Home2Health, Our Climate Future, or City Plan. If you’ve worked in that capacity before and want to be a part of the Community Guide program, apply here!
We’re hoping to open this opportunity to the wider community soon, particularly for those interested in connecting with historically underserved community members. If you’re interested in becoming a Community Guide in the future or want to learn more, visit the Community Guide Training Hub, which offers online lessons on how to conduct conversations and connect with community members.
For Fort Collins & For FoCo
Recently, a collaboration of community partners launched a campaign aimed at supporting local businesses, particularly those in the industries most affected by COVID-19. This campaign is called “For Fort Collins” and the website forfortcollins.com is a source of information for the latest physical distancing requirements and best practices for local business.
For FoCo, a companion website, will serve as a resource for Fort Collins residents to share stories, photos and video about how they are staying connected to neighbors and the larger community during both the outbreak and recovery efforts. This site has a variety of engagement opportunities and we encourage you to check out both sites to stay educated, up-to-date and, to learn about how to get involved.