The Community Connectors initiative works with the intention that all residents of Cranston feel connected to their community. We plan workshops and events on housing, racial equity, and history to increase conversations between neighbors and build understanding.
Why focus on
residents feel the way to solve all problems in the community is by increasing community connection
What We're Working On
Racial & Gender Equity Book Club
By engaging residents to read books and consume other media that reflect stories of diverse cultures, genders, sexualities, and class statuses - we can start meaningful conversations within the community to better understand one another's identities and experiences to both relate to each other and develop greater empathy and respect for their neighbors, peers, and strangers.
We are collaborating with the Cranston Central Public Library to hold a monthly book club named "Girl, Woman, Other Book Group." Click here to learn more.
What We've Done
2021 | year two
Objective 1: Promote race equity through expanding our education and celebrating our differences
Strategies: Race Equity+ Book Club, 'How We Teach History' event, Reading Across Rhode Island with the Cranston Public Library, Black History Month, All Aces
Impact Area(s): Expand race equity toolbox and fostering meaningful conversations, work on policy to promote race equity, and organizational/ systems change
Race Equity+ Book Club: 5 meetings were held that brought 15 active participants, 95% satisfaction among participants
'How We Teach History' event: 10 participants and we handed out 50 copies of 'Caste'
Reading Across RI: 3 discussions were held with 20 active participants and we handed out 30 resource kits to the community
Black History Month: Resolution was passed to celebrate Black History Month in Cranston
All Aces: Results pending, surveys/ focus groups sent to staff and clients at 3 major Cranston organizations
Partners: Cranston Public Schools, Cranston East HS, Cranston Public Library, Cranston Councilwomen Ward 2 Aniece Germain, CCAP, Cranston YMCA
2020 | year one
Year 1 was the start of our HEZ organization so we mainly focused on gathering information about the community needs, issues, and current resources. Data collection started in November 2019 and after several surveys handed out to the community - we had gathered nearly 400 responses.
What We Want To Do About It: Create a community resource packet and have it mailed out to all Cranston households in targeted census tracts. Start a community textline so residents can text any questions they have about the community and existing resources.
Our Proud Backbone Agency
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is proud to be the backbone agency for the Cranston Health Equity Zone. CCAP is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. We provide a wide spectrum of services and benefits that are designed to help those in immediate need and empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.
For a full list of CCAP programs and services, please visit here.
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Cranston, RI 02920
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Cranston, RI 02920
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The OneCranston Health Equity Zone is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health.