In this meeting of Vision 2065, we discussed our goals and reflected at the sine qua non of our goals. We looked at our list of 17 goals in a chart and saw how they were ranked, which also included the feasibility, cost, societal norm to change, and other factors that our goal would have to surpass and work with. We also talked about the importance of these goals, and how someone may think one goal is more important to another and that it could pertain to many aspects of health, we will take a survey online, to give our own views on the goals. From the discussions of the last meeting, we worked in our groups and condensed the amount of goals by combining some of the goals together, as some fell under others. Condensing the goals will allow us to expand the overall goal into branches that we can later define. (Ex. We want a completely clean and pure environment in the future, and this includes a 100% smoke-free environment, and the use of no cars). I really have enjoyed where we have came with these meetings, and clarifying the goals and defining them will no doubt allow us to hopefully present these goals so that they can be enacted in the future.
So in our next two meetings, things are definitely getting more intense. The deadline for our report to the EDC and Chamber is getting closer fast, so we will have three meetings in pretty rapid succession this month to keep working on our goals. The line is hard to draw between planning and implementation, and we are having to figure out where our job starts. We have to think about some intermediate steps to set the goals, but yet another team will truly be in charge of implementing our ideas. So as we keep working, the question still remains. What do we want Owensboro to look like in 50 years?
In this meeting of Vision 2065, we started out discussing about the future goals we brainstormed; and we clarified some of the meanings of the goals. Some of the goals were about everyone having access to healthcare, eradicating hunger, eliminating the use of cars, and improving the environment as a whole. We discussed about these goals, and we concluded that some of the goals could be combined or tweaked, which we would do more of in the next meeting. We also talked about where these meetings were going in the future, and how our job is to only come up with ideas to improve health in the future, not actually enact on it but present our ideas to the chamber of commerce and to the other groups who will all work to enact on it.
I was pleasantly surprised with our first 2065 meeting. I thought it was efficient to split into groups to decide health factors under mental, social, and physical health. This allowed for us to concentrate on specific areas rather than their previously broad spectrum of focus. It was particularly difficult to narrow down which factors (laws, regulations, events etc.) fit under which category. We concluded that though almost all factors effect mental, social, and physical health, it was our task to decide which factors would yield the best improvement in our assigned category. I look forward to the continuation of our discussion!
The room we walked into was full of influential people. City commissioners, CEOs, and other leaders from all around town were there to give their input. The amazing part of the meeting was that they cared what us six high school students thought about our community. We talked and shared ideas about what we want Owensboro to look like. No smoking, a healthy vibe from society, more physical activity were all ideas we wanted to see implemented. It's not going to be easy, and it will be a lot of work, but we are laying the foundation for Owensboro to become a healthier place to live.
I greatly enjoyed my experience at the 2065 meeting. At the meeting, we discussed with community leaders what the future health of Owensboro should look like and how our community can achieve that goal. In my health group- social health- our discussion was focused on how the interactions between citizens in Owensboro can be improved to benefit the city's overall well being. Many of our ideas involved increased participation in local government, greater awareness of community racial diversity, and fewer barriers between the various age groups in Owensboro.
Owensboro 2065 is one of the most exciting community organizations I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. I feel like the ideas that we've generated, although they are still in the brainstorming process, have real merit and potential in the hands of such experienced people. It's an amazing feeling to be able to communicate with these leaders and know that my thoughts are being heard.
The 2065 meeting was fantastic! I feel so honored and privileged that I can participate in such a great project. I was in the mental health group. We had a great discussion, although, some tensions arose. Mental health is a very hard subject to dissect because it is so dependent on physical and social health. Our main focus was to working on getting more specialists of mental health in the area. Also, we discussed on just building a better and safer community so that people in the future may feel more at ease. Overall, it was a great experience and I can not wait for the next meeting!
The Greater Owensboro- Vision 2065 meeting is an initiative to improve Owensboro’s physical, mental, and social health in the long-term future in 50 years. There were many community leaders and workers at the meeting. The meeting began with a video on social health, mental health, and physical health that showed us new things that we are seeing now and that we can see in the future. Next, we were divided into our designated health sector (mine was social) and we began the first activity where we all looked at possible future scenarios and we decided whether each scenario was under social, physical, or mental health. We concluded that each scenario required all the health sectors to work together in some way. This was interesting, as we got to see different approaches to possibilities in the future. After, we discussed with one another of any problems or things we could solve or innovate regarding social health (relationships, awareness, events, etc.), and we brainstormed ideas that we could implement for the future- in 2065. I even got to share some of my own and my class’s ideas as to what we could do to better Owensboro socially in the future. Also, some eye-opening facts were brought up that many people in Owensboro struggle or struggled in the past to have certain necessities like plumbing, sewage, housing, etc. and we thought of ways to eradicate and improve these conditions. All in all, the 2065 meeting was very fascinating and I can’t wait to attend the next meeting to improve and innovate the city of Owensboro in the future!