In Our Backyard:Neighbors Helping Neighbors A Virtual Community Conversation

Thursday, February 18 at 4 p.m., Sponsored by MetzWood Insurance

Join us for “In Our Backyard - Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” an interactive conversation focused on how our community has been responding to new challenges presented by the pandemic.

Moderated by Mayor of Hudson Kamal Johnson and featuring prominent community members as panelists, this one-hour program will address three areas of particular local concern – mental health, physical health, and food vulnerability. The event will take place on Thursday, February 18th at 4 pm via Zoom. Admission is free and open to all. Register now!

Leading the discussion on mental health concerns will be Dan Almasi, from Columbia County Mental Health Clinic. On physical health we’ll be joined by Claire Parde from The Healthcare Consortium and Gloria Martinez from Sun River Health. Covering food insecurity and vulnerability will be Carole Clark from Recovery Kitchen.

To encourage connection and promote dialogue, participants will pre-register for a breakout room on one of the three topics, and experts will facilitate live conversation within this more personal group. All participants will then rejoin the whole group to share what they have learned.

In this discussion we will:

Raise awareness for the positive work happening throughout Columbia County

Highlight creative solutions to recent challenges

Inform community members about opportunities to get involved

This free, hour-long live discussion will take place via Zoom.

In anticipation of the discussion and for further education and enjoyment, we have compiled a list of films that celebrate community interconnectedness.

In Jackson Heights

Fisherman’s Friends


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Babette’s Feast


The Full Monty

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