The Pittsburgh team of the Pittsburgh-Glasgow Project hosted the Glaswegians in early September and organized a full week with meetings, conversations, community site visits and cultural events. The delegation visit was rooted with an initial charge made by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Peduto, citing the Pittsburgh-Glasgow Project’s responsibility to establish an international model of people-first revitalization of post-industrial cities. This was an exciting meeting that ultimately served as the motivation and drive to aspire for actionable change and positive development throughout the course of the week.
Below are some more notable events of the visit.
The Deep End Project
The Deep End Project delved into ideas around innovations in primary care and health equity and was presented by Dr. Graham Watt, Professor of General Practice at the University of Glasgow, to a group of foundation leaders and leaders from Federally Qualified Health Centers. More information and future conversations around these ideas will be organized in the near future.
The Steelworkers Breakfast
The Steelworkers Breakfast was an emotional gathering that hit home for many of the team members. With personal experiences of family members working in the industry, growing up in these once thriving industrial contexts and living the social, economic and health impacts of the economic downfall, the conversations with historians, retirees and advocates strengthened the heart and purpose behind this project. Amidst all of the meetings scheduled throughout the week, attending the Steelworkers Breakfast in Homestead fostered the human connection and understanding that the work we do as nonprofit leaders, policy makers, health providers, and everyday citizens impacts the health and well-being of our future.
The Pittsburgh Game
We did a pilot run of the “Pittsburgh Game” with the advisory councils from the City of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Health Department. This is a discussion tool based after the “Glasgow Game,” which allows the opportunity for people from a wide variety of stakeholder groups to to assess and envision our region. At this session of the Pittsburgh Game, we focused on the overarching question: “How can we address health inequities to create a resilient Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh?”
The Future of Work Discussions
The future of work discussions, hosted by the Scott Institute of Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, allowed an opportunity to discuss ideas around policy innovation, universities’ roles in preparing for innovation economies, advocating for environmental and sustainability values in these efforts, as well as hearing the labor union workforce voices.
A website for the PGH-GLA Project will be accessible in the coming weeks. Please reach out to the Program Manager, Shannon Hughes, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any interests in joining the conversation.
About the Author
Shannon Hughes, MPH, is the Pittsburgh-Glasgow Project Manager at Consumer Health Coalition.