SmartOakland and Oakland Civic Design Lab converge to Address Healthy Housing Issues for Resilient Oakland

Oakland, CA was one of the first cohort of 100 cities in the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Challenge launched in 2015 and I took part in the creation of the Resilient Oakland Strategic Playbook that was a large effort to define what the future of Oakland would look like and how cross-functional groups and public-private partnerships would come into play over time to build more resilient communities throughout Oakland.

It's two years later and the Resilient Oakland Program and offices are up and running at Oakland City Hall, via the new Civic Design Lab, and the city is moving into Phase 3 of the 100 Resilient Cities program which is implementation of the Resilient Oakland Strategic Playbook.

One of the primary focuses of the Resilient Oakland Strategic Playbook was to focus on the housing crisis in Oakland to build trust in the community in beginning to work more directly with communities and constituents.

It's exciting to see our work coming together with the Civic Design Lab after CDL leadership connected us with Larry Brooks, Program Director of Alameda County Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program so we could learn from him to understand their process and real challenges facing lead poisoning prevention teams so we could find a way to augment their existing environment with more data and technology to help bring lead poisoning to an end in Oakland.

It was this introduction that was what we needed to put the puzzle pieces together and figure out how we'll win the war on lead as a new collaborative team sharing knowledge, resources, and time to triangulate on issues that negatively impact each of us and our society as a whole.

Thank you CDL! Here's to major progress in 2018...