There’s great stuff happening at the Health Means Business National Summit next week. Want to learn about collaboration for community health? See great partnerships in action? Hear media mogul Ariana Huffington, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Vivek Murthy MD, and Redskins linebacker Will Compton speak about how they’re bringing innovative health solutions to communities? Register for the Summit here!
Over the past year, the Health Means Business Campaign has crisscrossed the country to highlight the interdependency between economic prosperity and community health. As we’ve written before, when people are healthier, they’re wealthier. When they’re wealthier, they’re healthier. Businesses play a critical role in this equation, enabling workers to make choices that improve their personal health and wellbeing. In cities like Columbus, Cleveland, and Phoenix, the Campaign has empowered business leaders to identify specific actions they can take.
The February 15 and 16 National Summit in Washington, DC capstones this national dialogue. Hosted by the U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and help from local and regional chambers of commerce, the Summit will bring together an exciting group of leaders from business, the public health community, NGOs, and government dedicated to collaboration that enables better community health and greater economic prosperity.
Why is community health an issue that requires collaboration to solve? To put it simply, it’s a problem in the commons – it has no one cause, no one solution, and no one owner. These types of problems require “strange bedfellows” – people who don’t normally work together – to come together to co-create solutions that achieve unique and enduring value for people and communities. When done smartly and in the right circumstances, collaboration can produce greater impact at lower cost and in less time than going at it alone.
If you want to hear live about collaboration for community health from people who have tried it, register for the Summit. And if you want to become an expert on collaboration and how to apply it on a problem that you or your organization is facing, register for the CollaborateUp Academy in Washington, DC on March 14 and 15!
By Helen Moser, Manager at CollaborateUp