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Author and psychological researcher Tony Biglan will speak at Chehalem Cultural Center event

Nurturing Newberg will present "Creating Communities that Care," two talks by author and psychological researcher Tony Biglan later this month on fostering a community that cares.

The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. for providers and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for the public Sept. 26 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

The talk will provide insight on wellness and nurturing with the science behind it and how to build a healthy community. Community resources will be available for the public and providers to gather information and learn what is available or how to start a group and expand services in Newberg.

Biglan is the author of "Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World," which earned him the Award for Scientific Translation from the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Analysis. The book documents what behavioral scientists have learned about what humans need to thrive in their communities, schools, families and workplaces. Biglan's experience is based on 40 years of research on the prevention and treatment of psychological and behavioral problems and how to identify interventions to prevent the common problems of childhood and adolescence.

The event is a result of several conversations between First United Methodist Pastor Cathy Davis and Newberg City Councilor Denise Bacon. The pair wanted to figure out how they could not only react when something problematic happens in the community, but to prevent it from happening to begin with.

"It is a proactive way of holistically helping with many things in our community," Davis said. "It is our hope that we can help communities organize around this idea of nurturing and getting to know your neighbor and working together to not only fix problems, but to prevent problems from happening."

Bacon had worked with Biglan before and contacted him about speaking in Newberg. They talked about doing a big event and Biglan offered to come to Newberg and talk for free.

Biglan works with the Dayton and Carlton school districts and has set up programs on the idea of what it means to nurture one another through the schools. His book is about how people can make the world a better place by working together and try to use scientific knowledge instead of fear to push back that fear and provide a nurturing environment and to hopefully prevent harm.

"The goal is to include all communities. Whether you are in a retirement community or a mobile home community it's about getting to know your neighbors and to collectively care for one another," Davis said. "So that when things happen we're more prepared and just trying to be a better place to live and Newberg has the reputation that we are a great place to live, but there are some communities that don't feel that way."

Snacks will be provided at both talks. To register as a provider, go to https://bit.ly/2NSWOUH; those in the general public register at https://bit.ly/2oLRYxv.

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