Ed Bennett

Ed Bennett

On February 2nd and 3rd, 2016, CAAN sponsored a two-day Community Readiness Model (CRM) National Train-The-Trainer workshop at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel.  The workshop brought together participants and organizations from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia.

Oganizations who took part in the training included:  Prince Albert Metis Women’s Association, Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre, Shining Mountains Living Community Services, Alberta Community Council on HIV, All Nations Hope Network, Ka Ni Kanichihk, Calgary HIV Community Link and Northern BC First Nations HIV/AIDS Coalition.

The purpose of the workshop was to give the participants an understanding of what the CRM is, what “Readiness” means and why they should use the model for HIV/AIDS intervention and prevention.

Participants learned the process of using the CRM and went through a step-by-step guide on how to complete and conduct a Community Readiness Assessment.

The training allowed everyone to explore and identify the stages and dimensions of readiness and the key factors which influence their community’s preparedness to take action on an issue.

Training participants were each provided with the tools they need to use in conducting a Community Readiness Assessment and information on how to use the Assessment to develop prevention/intervention strategies including goals and general strategies appropriate for their stage of readiness.

Finally, participants created and developed an “Action Plan” and/or “Action Strategies” and identified specific action steps in reaching their strategy.

CAAN continues to work, provide support and follow up with the training participants and organizations to help complete action plans and/or strategies.

For more information on the Community Readiness Model Training sessions please contact Ed Bennett at EdB@caan.ca

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