HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal-area residents can attend a free workshop to generate ideas that will help make Hannibal a better and healthier place.
The unnamed workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Hannibal Quality Inn and Suites, 120 Lindsey Drive. It is hosted by Healthy Hannibal, a partnership among community organizations, the Cover Missouri coalition and St. Louis-based Health Literacy Media. Healthy Hannibal was founded this year.
"We want to get a variety of community members to talk about community resources and how we can tie all of those together," said Tom Dugger, executive director of Hannibal Families and Communities Together. "What we'll be doing is called asset mapping, which is a way to identify strengths and find creative ways to combine them."
He said topics to be covered at the workshop will be community development, social change that improves human and environmental well-being, and ways to improve interactions among people in the community.
Asset mapping done earlier this year by Healthy Hannibal members has already yielded a product.
The free smartphone app Johego is available to Hannibal-area residents. It is a directory of businesses and organizations, such as food banks, overnight shelters, medical facilities and job training centers that help social workers, police officers, nurses, teachers and others connect people in need with resources. Service agencies such as FACT also use the directory, Dugger said.
Dugger hopes the event will provide helpful ideas such as the smartphone directory and prove beneficial to people attending.
"I think this will be a great thing to attend because participants will get the chance to connect with others who want to make our community better and healthier," he said.
People living or working in Hannibal who want to attend the workshop are encouraged to call Health Literacy Media at 314-361-9400 by Thursday. Food will be provided at the workshop, so organizers want to know how much food to order.
For more information about Healthy Hannibal, contact Dugger at 573-221-2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.