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Beginning in March 2022, the Peer Recovery CoE is offering a 6-month learning collaborative on Community and Stakeholder Engagement for Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs).


A core tenet of Recovery Community Organizations is ensuring "Authenticity of Voice" through prioritizing and intentionally nurturing connection to one or more communities of recovery. This is often carried out through community and stakeholder engagement activities.

This learning collaborative will help RCOs to be clear about the purposes and/or goals of community engagement efforts, learn effective ways to establish relationships with formal and informal stakeholders, learn how to partner with the community to create change and improve health, and discover ways of identifying and mobilizing community assets and strengths by developing the community's capacities and resources.


  • Define community and stakeholder engagement
  • Demonstrate how community and stakeholder engagement can bring about changes to improve the health of communities
  • Explain models, approaches, and strategies of community and stakeholder engagement


This Learning Collaborative will be facilitated by New Reach Community Consulting
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New Reach Community Consulting has a consistent and credible focus on social impact. Its values align with organizations striving for long-term solutions to meet community needs. It's the first public affairs business in Ohio to be awarded a B Corp certification. The international nonprofit B Lab issues this designation for meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

New Reach Community Consulting is a Black-owned and purpose-driven small business based in Columbus, OH. Its mission is to help organizations connect with communities to improve lives. New Reach keeps a finger on the pulse of communities, and its work centers on adding value to society in authentic ways.

Meet your facilitatiors:

Coby C. Williams, Founder and Principal of New Reach Community Consulting.
Mitzi Moody JD, MSW, LISW-S

Between the live virtual Learning Collaborative sessions, we will be offering 'Extension Learning' opportunities:

Extension Learning opportunities are designed to challenge learning collaborative participants with opportunities to apply what they have learned to something new. After each live virtual session, participants will be sent a multimedia, open-educational resource (TedTalks, podcasts, articles, etc.) to view with between sessions. The content will come with questions for participants to reflect on and summaries of key takeaways. The Extension Learning opportunities will be voluntary for participants but highly encouraged.

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Session 1: An Introduction to Community and Stakeholder Engagement Frameworks

Thursday, March 10, 2022
Session 1 Recording

Session Description: Participants will learn frameworks to build capacity for and create system change and how to work within their sphere of influence to address community needs.
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn different models for community change and improvement
  • Explain types of advocacy and opportunities to apply them to help address community needs
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of partnerships, coalitions, and network

Session Facilitator: Coby C. Williams

Extension Learning (Session 1):

  • Community Toolbox - This is the segment each month where we will take a deeper dive into learning and expand on some of the concepts learned in the workshops.
    To kick things off, we are going to explore the Community Toolbox. This is a free online resource developed and managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health & Development. It exists to support individuals engaged in community development... Read more here.
  • The Advocacy Challenge- Find or Fine Tune your Advocacy Voice ... Read about the challenge here.

Session 2: Engaging Community in Assessments

Thursday, April 14, 2022
Session 2 Recording

Session Description: Learn how to engage communities in the assessment process to ensure efforts are community-led, strengths-based, and inclusive.
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe tools to view community, not as a group with problems to be solved by outside experts, but
    as a group with its own strengths and resources to develop its own solutions
  • Identify tools to engage a community in the assessment process
  • Identify strategies to facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion in the assessment process
  • Describe the benefits of engaging a community in the assessment process

Session Facilitator: Mitzi Moody, JD, MSW, LISW-S

Extension Learning (Session 2):

Take a minute to check out the toolkits and resources to utilize the engagement tools we discussed in the work you all are doing.  Included bellow are a couple of brief videos on concepts we discussed such as appreciative inquiry (i.e. finding the bright spots) and coalitions to help you dig a little deeper into these ideas. 

Session 3: Mobilizing the Community

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Session 3 Recording

Session Description: Learn more about the community organizing model and best practices to plan for an advocacy effort, identify allies and opponents, and mobilize communities and organizations for social impact.
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how to select the most appropriate model for community change
  • Identify opportunities to recruit, develop, and empower leadership
  • Learn how to research, identify, and communicate solutions to problems

Session Facilitator: Coby C. Williams

Extension Learning (Session 3):

May's Extension Learning gives you tools and resources to practice Community Organizing, Organizing Tactics, Engaging Communities, and Building a Base. Follow the link below to access the tools and resources, and consider the questions at the end of each section to increase your skills in each area.

Session 4: Engaging Community in Change

Thursday, June 9, 2022
Session 4 Recording

Session Description: Learn how to engage communities in strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation to promote sustainable change.
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies to engage a community in each step of the change process
  • Describe how community involvement in the change process increases program sustainability

Session Facilitator: Mitzi Moody, JD, MSW, LISW-S

Extension Learning (Session 4):

Session 5: Advocating for a Change

Thursday, July 14, 2022
1:00-2:30pm Eastern
(12pm Central / 11am Mountain / 10am Pacific)

Session Description: Learn how to get issues on the public agenda and influence local, state, and federal policy development.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the legislative process
  • Describe the types of lobbying and when to conduct them
  • Understand rules concerning lobbying for nonprofits
  • Identify opportunities and tactics to help influence decision making and policy making

Session Facilitator: Coby C. Williams

Extension Learning (Session 5): Resouces coming soon.

Session 6: Engaging with Diverse Populations

Thursday, August 11, 2022
1:00-2:30pm Eastern
(12pm Central / 11am Mountain / 10am Pacific)

Session Description: In this session, we will discuss how to engage with diverse communities, how to facilitate meaningful inclusion, and the limitations of common engagement approaches when working with marginalized groups and individuals.
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe at least 3 strategies for engaging diverse communities
  • Explain how to meaningfully include all members of a community in a project
  • Identify the limits to common engagement strategies when working with diverse groups and

Session Facilitator: Mitzi Moody, JD, MSW, LISW-S

Extension Learning (Session 6): Resouces coming soon.


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