"One of my favorite resources is the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley..."
Kimberly Robinson is the Executive Director of Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and she serves on the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts' Board of Directors.
"One of my favorite resources is the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley. Since 2021, PVPC has worked with them to ensure that every one of our team members participates in their training, and we are working together on a project for our Commission. It is so helpful having this resource in our region; having an organization that centers racism and normalizes useful dialogue and healing is vital to the well-being of our communities. I have also found The Conversation: Tips on Having Conversations about Race to be very helpful when engaging in dialogue regarding race and racial equity. Being open to suggestions about how to effectively discuss these issues is just as important as having the conversations themselves."