O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service

Projects


Community Leaders Forum: October 29, 2014

The first of a series of four focusing on community revitalization and economic development.

  • Introduction to the Reading, PA region
    Mary Ellen Wells, Associate Professor of Business, Alvernia University.
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  • The Role of Colleges and Universities as Anchor Institutions
    Rita Hodges, Assistant Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.
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  • Hospitals Building Healthier Communities - Investing Outside Institutional Walls
    David Zuckerman, Research Associate at The Democracy Collaborative.
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Community Leaders Forum: February 4, 2015

  • Revitalization in the Small, Post-Industrial City
    Keith Wardrip, Community Development Research Director, Federal Reserve of Philadelphia
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  • A Story of Transformation
    Dennis Yablonsky, CEO, The Allegheny Conference on Economic Development
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Community Leaders Forum: March 11, 2015

  • The Anchor Institutions Task Force
    David Maurrasse, Founder and President of Marga Inc.
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  • Universities and Networks of Innovation in Poor Neighborhoods: Challenges and Contradictions
    Ramon Borges, Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning at Clark University, Worcester, MA
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Community Leaders Forum: May 6, 2015

  • Greater University Circle Initiative
    Walter Wright, Program Manager for Economic Inclusion at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs
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  • “Intentionality” - Creating 21st Century Cities
    Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow with the Urban Land Institute and former three-term mayor of Pittsburgh
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Berks County Vital Signs 

Working with the Berks County Community Foundation and the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, the O’Pake Institute released a report on key community issues in Berks County entitle Berks County Vital Signs 2014.  The report is available on the Berks County Community Foundation website:  http://issuu.com/alverniauniversity/docs/berksvitalsigns?e=5238587/6505989


Oakbrook Health Project 

Working with the Reading Housing Authority, the Berks Community Health Clinic, The Reading Health System and the St. Joseph’s Medical Center, in collaboration with the Division of Professional Programs, the O’Pake Institute is developing a study of health care access in two low income housing developments in Reading — Oakbrook and Glenside.  The study will identify patterns of health access, including use of emergency rooms for primary care, in these two developments in order to create a strategy to address the needs of these low-income minority communities. This study helped provide data for a $650,000 HRSA grant awarded to the Berks Community Health Center to open a new federally qualified heath center in the Oakbrook community. The center, which will open in late 2015, will have a delivery model that includes clinical experiences for Alvernia’s nursing, occupational therapy, and social work students.


Civil Discourse Training 

Collaboratively with the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona and the Eastern Division of the Council of State Governments, the O’Pake Institute offered a training program in civil discourse for state legislators.  The Institute is currently exploring how to emply this training program in working with local government officials in Berks County.




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