Left to right, Barry Wald, WRMC; Ann Absher, Health Department;
Heather Murphy, Health Foundation; Chris Skabo, Wilkes County Schools.
Front: Jenn Wages, Health Foundation; Rachel Willard, Health Department;
Susan Cogdill, Partnership for Children.
Collective Impact starts from the idea that you already have everything you need to solve your most pressing and complicated problems. It’s about making sure that all of the people who can be a part of the solution are at the table. It’s also about appreciating and utilizing everything we have to work with—not wasting time crying about what we don’t have.
Last summer, we hosted a series of community “chat and chews” to bring together partners and begin building trust and learning from one another. These were part social and part educational.
And at every meeting, we asked, “Who else needs to be at our table?”
We believe that if the right people are at the table, and we follow an inclusive process, that the right programs and services that fit our community will rise to the top.
We are taking the time to work through, think through, analyze, and understand where we are, where we want to go, and what it takes to get there.
All of this means that we have to take the time to bring everyone along.
In collective impact that is called, “Slowing down to move fast.”
In many respects, our Wilkes Health Action Team is not the “usual suspects,” because we asked people to scrub the notion that population health is solely influenced by a visit to the doctor. So we have strong partnerships with the school system, governmental entities, private businesses, people with lived experience, the justice system, and more.
In a world where culture eats process for breakfast, we created an environment where people—all of us—are empowered to make a difference.
So, what are we really doing, with all these partners and all your donations?
Well, we built a free Fitness Zone at West Park. And we dedicated it at our Annual Membership Meeting on Oct. 27th.
But there’s a lot of work we’ve been doing that you may not know about!
We want kids to grow up in safe homes. That’s why we’ve funded Darkness to Light, a program that trains adults to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse. It's also why we’ve funded Lemonade for Life and Community Resiliency trainings, which helps our social services folks take care of themselves as well as their clients.
We want kids to grow up healthy and active, so our Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas coalition implemented SPARK PE, an evidence-based curriculum, in our school system.
We want the future of our medical community to thrive. Each year, your donations to our scholarship fund allow students entering health professions to earn their credentials!
We want adults to have a strong support network. Whether this is formed through our Women’s Health Circle, FaithHealthNC, or at our new Fitness Zone, we know that friendships are a key to health and happiness.
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