261484 Collaboration Multiplier: Maximizing community efforts through multi-field partnership

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM

Virginia Lee, MPH, CHES , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Janet Pan, BA , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Larry Cohen, MSW , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, RD , Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA
Partnerships are powerful tools for mobilizing communities to action, bringing community issues to the forefront of multiple agendas, and tackling issues that are difficult for one entity to achieve alone. Increasingly, public health organizations recognize the need to partner with others outside their own fieldócommunity leaders, transportation and land use planners, parks and recreation, schools, economic development agencies, and othersóin order to achieve health goals. And yet, this new way of partnering can be challenging. Engaging a broad set of partners with varying knowledge and skills requires strategic thinking and effective collaboration in order to advance policy and environmental changes that meet community needs and priorities. As more organizations are required to collaborate with unfamiliar entities, there is a need for a strong foundation of understanding among the partners, including elements such as partner intentions and contributions, perspectives on the issue, communication styles, professional cultures, and varying interests, values, and missions. Informed by years of experience working with diverse partners on prevention initiatives, Prevention Institute developed the Collaboration Multiplier tool, a step-by-step process for community stakeholders and practitioners to learn more about each other and identify ways of working together. This presentation will share the lessons learned from various community efforts utilizing multi-field collaboration, including a pilot project to address the intersection of violence and healthy eating and activity. Moreover, participants will learn how to utilize Collaboration Multiplier to delineate potential roles and identify opportunities for diverse partners to work towards the goal of achieving healthier communities.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Strengthen knowledge and skills to engage in collaboration with a diverse fields and sectors. Utilize a Collaboration Multiplier approach to maximize knowledge, skills, and resources to achieve a common goal. Assess a broad range of partners to strategically involve in collaborative efforts and identify ways to build a common ground.

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee the Convergence Partnership project as well as others related to community health and health equity, healthy eating and active living, and preventing injury and violence. I provides train, technical assistance, and consultation to government agencies, community collaboratives, healthcare organizations, and foundations on advancing prevention approaches to achieve equitable health and safety outcomes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.