It Works for Us

Thursday, October 19 11:15-12:30 p.m. and 1:45-3:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Katie Schoenhoff, this session highlights the experiences and learnings of three successful programs which are strengthening and supporting communities:

SoCe Life – Adam Barlow-Thompson by SoCe Life discovers best principles in neighboring, lives them out in the South Central Neighborhood of Wichita, KS, and shares them through a variety of learning experiences. We will use our time to discuss how neighboring impacts public health and social capital within communities. This will include up-to-date research and strategies for faith communities to increase neighboring.

Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition – Broderick Crawford and Beth Nech

This session will provide a description and background of the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition, along with information about community health workers in Kansas and across the nation. The vital role played by faith-based organizations and why they should be included in this conversation will also be illustrated during this time.

Big Garden Program – Matt Freeman

Since 2005, The Big Garden has helped to start and support more than 160 community gardens across Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa as a means of improving food security throughout the region.  The Big Garden also offers many education programs related to agriculture and nutrition.  Additional resources and information can be found at

About the Presenters:

Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson is the executive director of Neighboring by SoCe Life. Adam loves playing banjo and laughing loudly. He can be seen around the neighborhood playing music on the front porch or riding his bike to the office. Adam is always up for a story or a laugh and is an eternal optimist when it comes to his neighborhood. Adam is married to Ashley and they have a young son named Prescott. When Adam isn’t working on the Neighboring he is a trainer in effective communication and positive conflict. Learn more at

Broderick Crawford is a consummate community volunteer, dedicated to assisting and improving the lives of those who are less fortunate. Broderick has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry and currently serves as Executive Director of the NBC Community Development Corporation, the outreach arm of New Bethel Church in Kansas City, KS.

Broderick’s experience includes roles as Community Health Director for NBC CDC; Supervisor, Ancillary Services, for Saint Luke’s Internal Medicine; Clinic Supervisor for KU Infectious Diseases; and Clinic Supervisor of The Heart Clinic. Mr. Crawford has worked tirelessly to improve outcomes, understanding and relationships between health care professionals and the communities they serve.

Broderick has served many roles in health research, including work as Clinical Trials Coordinator at KU and The Heart Clinic, and Coordinator of Focus Groups and other research projects for NBC CDC. Mr. Crawford continues to assist with obtaining and reporting outcomes of clinical trial subjects and promoting awareness of research among African American, Latino and other minority populations.

Broderick has been a member of New Bethel Church since 1974, serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Men’s Ministry, Health & Wellness Ministry and Altar Evangelism. He is a long time member of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS in Kansas City, Advocate for the Arthritis Foundation and most recently a mayoral appointee to the KCMO HIV Planning Council.

Broderick serves as President of the Missouri Prostate Cancer Coalition and is a former Board Member of the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions. He serves on numerous community organizations including Mid America Regional Council Community Health Worker Executive Committee and Advisory Collaborative; Latino Health for All, Jersey Creek Renovation and Expansion Team, UG Healthy Communities Wyandotte Infrastructure Action Team and FIMR, WyCo SAP, MOCSA, and is a Kansas Leadership Center Champion.  Broderick also serves as a board member of the 8th Street YMCA, Duchesne/Caritas Clinics, KC United, and Better Together, Inc.

Broderick’s community involvement also includes the KC Faith Initiatives CAB (UMKC), Faith Works CAB (KU), CMH’s Community Engagement Community Advisory Board, Genetics Community Engagement Advisory Board (CMH) and the Infectious Diseases Community Coalition Board.

Broderick has a Bachelor of Science degree and is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Matt Freeman BS, CFRM began working with The Big Garden, a program of United Methodist Ministries, Omaha, in 2010 prior to completing his undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Nebraska. Since beginning his tenure at The Big Garden working out of the cab of a pickup truck, Matt has worked his way through many positions at the organization and is currently in his second year as Director of Operations and Development and holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from his alma mater.

Matt and his fiancée Destinie reside in North Omaha. Outside of his work at The Big Garden, Matt is an advocate for alternative transportation and serves on the board of directors of the Community Bike Project Omaha.

Beth Nech is a Public Health Specialist in the Community Clinical Linkages/Oral Health Section, Bureau of Health Promotion, in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Her current role is working on statewide initiatives for Community Health Workers, Community Pharmacists, Diabetes, and Hypertension. Beth is a former Community Health Specialist for the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program, working on the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction grant program. She has a background in anthropology, earning a BA from Washburn University in 2013 and an MA from the University of Kansas in 2016. Beth became interested in public health, social determinants of health, and community health work while studying global health within medical anthropology.