Bevin K. Amira
NaRCAD Deputy Director
The “before times” are out of reach, and there’s a real beauty in that. Without forcing ourselves to look through rose-colored glasses, our team at NaRCAD has no other choice but to see you for who you are: creative, interconnected, and peer-led, now more than ever. You’re the bosses of adaptation, in ways you may not recognize, or even believe. So let me tell you more about who you are.
To repeat an over-used word from society at large, “resilient” applies to our community, but it’s not the word that matters most. Being “resilient” overshadows other truths: we’re often tired, under-resourced, and we need peer engagement. All can be true at once, and they are. Our team is here to remind you that not only is needing each other more than okay, it’s to be celebrated.
You’ve all responded to the AD-specific Bat Signal: you’re a mirror for each other, consistently boosting one another’s morale. The community you’ve built together is founded on the simple strength of admitting that we need each other, we need to feel good about where we are in this moment, and excited about where we’re going next.
Where you’ve emulated that excitement most of all is during our community dialogues: our regular virtual gatherings, our Peer Connection Program, our shout-outs to one another during our convenings, trainings, and behind the scenes in 1:1 e-mails. We can have the most effective AD programs out there, but if we’re not witnessing each other’s reality, we’re going it alone.
At our 10th conference, we’re proud to see the arc of where we started a decade ago; where we were once focused mostly on data-specific outcomes, the focus is now on each other. From building a program to training and evaluation, no longer do we have community members who must start from scratch. NaRCAD is pleased to witness the shift from 2012, where we led the charge, to 2022, where you lead the charge.
Thank you for being the collaborative innovators of this conference, and of AD successes across the globe. We look to you to lead us into 2023—for now, take in these next 3 days with pride.
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Bevin K. Amira, Deputy Director, NaRCAD
Bevin manages NaRCAD’s strategic partnerships, building collaborations with public health leaders at the national and federal level. With career experience in building learning communities to increase engagement and sustainability, Bevin has expertise in creating interactive, interdisciplinary training curricula at healthcare-based non-profits. In collaboration with the dynamic NaRCAD team, Bevin facilitates NaRCAD's virtual and in-person learning sessions to encourage hands-on skill development and best practices sharing amongst peer programs.
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