Collaboration for Community Health: Live

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


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Extremely practical and extremely easy to implement once you have an understanding of the steps and the formula and the requirements of the process. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
The course was great! Great value and great insights into collaborating with various partners in multiple situations. It really change my thought process and how I view situations with our clients and stakeholders. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
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I soon discovered that it doesn’t really matter whether your introduction to CollaborateUp is through an issue solving workshop, or at an event as Richard brings all the chaos together with his savvy charm and good humour - the most important thing is that you get to engage and work with these great folks! My biggest take out over the past five years of being a part of their world – collaboration is a process and you’re not going to get very far unless you know what problem you’re all trying to solve together. The CollaborateUp framework helps by asking simple questions to help reveal the big answers. - Cate O’Kane, Founder, &co partnership consultancy
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The course actually aids with more than just collaboration - it helps drive thinking into issue clarification, meeting handling and setting up, communicating with stakeholders. I loved it! - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
“Even with a diverse set of stakeholders and a very limited timeframe, the CollaborateUp Formula allowed us cut through a complex set of issues and develop a concrete and pragmatic proposal for tackling a very tough problem. Richard Crespin is exactly what you want in a facilitator, someone able to bring people together to recognize their shared goals and the best ways to achieve them.” - Amit Ronen Director, George Washington University Solar Institute