2011 Conference - Agenda

Annual Leadership Conference
UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Center for Health Leadership
August 25 & 26, 2011

Collaboration Matters:

Building effective partnerships within communities & health organizations and across sectors


Thursday, August 25, 2011: 8 AM – 5 PM

8:00 Registration & Breakfast


8:30 Welcome, conference overview, introductions, ice-breaker activity


9:15 Opening Panel: What does it take to create and work effectively in a collaborative? A case example

Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN), San Diego


10:30 Break


11:00 Small group sessions: In-depth learning from existing collaborations

Participants had the choice of small group sessions which featured representatives from six collaborations, who discussed their challenges and successes in forming and working within their collaboration, including:

  • The nature of the collaboration, which organizations are involved, their mission and goals
  • How the collaboration was started
  • How the collaboration is structured and operates
  • The collaboration’s decision-making structure and process
  • How the collaboration has worked across differences
  • What the collaboration has learned about how to create an effective collaboration
  • Key challenges the collaboration has faced

Featured Collaborations:

  1. Mid-City Community Advocacy Network, San Diego (Venetian Room)
  2. California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, SF Bay Area (Terrace)
  3. Alameda County Building Blocks Collaborative (Members Lounge)
  4. Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments, California (Julia Morgan Room)
  5. Healthy San Bernardino Coalition, San Bernardino County (Tang Center, Class of '42 Room)
  6. Sacramento Region Health Care Systems Collaboration (Ballroom)


12:15 Lunch


1:15  World Cafe Activity: Reflections on Learnings Thus Far

Participants engaged in a "World Cafe" activity to reflect on their learnings thus far within the conference, and explored applications for their own collaborations.


2:15 Break


2:30 Keynote speaker: Sam Kaner, Executive Director, Community At Work

Participatory Decision-Making in Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations

Issues of authority are part of every strategic initiative. Who makes which decisions? How? After how much input, and from whom? Questions like these are challenging enough, even within a single organization that has a underlying, consistent hierarchy of authority. They are especially challenging to conceptualize and implement when the initiative is a multi-party collaborative, whose participants belong to a variety of entities – nonprofit, profit and governmental - each with its own chain of command and its own priorities and available resources.

Sam Kaner’s writing on collaboration has been influential for two generations of leaders who want to put inclusive, participatory values into practice in their organizations and partnerships. This session provided a fast-paced overview of some of Sam’s key insights: models and tools for building consensus, making decisions, and, more broadly, exercising authority within a collaborative framework. Along the way, Sam demonstrated practical methods for designing an overall "strategy map" that let participants see where the collaborative process was heading over time. The presentation combined lecture, group discussion, and small-group interactions that supported participants to apply his concepts to their own real-life situations.  Participants came away with a fresh perspective, and several tools they could use right away.


4:30 Wrap-up and Closing; slide show from conference "Photo-booth" project


Friday, August 26: 9 AM – 5 PM

9:00 Breakfast


9:30 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Creating High-Trust Relationships and Collaborations

Facilitators: Greg Hicks and Rick Foster, Leadership Consultants


Workshop 2: Evaluating the success of your collaboration

Facilitators: Traci Endo Inouye and Rachel Estrella,  Social Policy Research Associates

(Venetian Room)

Workshop 3: Power Dynamics in Collaboratives

Facilitator: Kenneth Hardy, Professor, Drexel University, and Consultant

(Members Lounge)

Workshop 4: Do It Well! Being Successful with Partners from Multiple Sectors, Organizations, or Disciplines

Facilitator: Sarah Rubin, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento

(Drawing Room)

Workshop 5: Money Can Change Everything: How Funding Can Both Support and Challenge Collaborations

Facilitator: Ignatius Bau, Health Policy Consultant


Workshop 6: Community Engagement - Grass Roots to Grass Tops Intentional Relationship Building for Health Care Systems

Facilitators: Traci Van, Community Benefit Director, Sutter Health, and Paul T. Doyle, Healthcare Consultant

(Julia Morgan Room)


10:45 Break


11:00 Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Hardy

Working across differences in collaborations and partnerships

This session addressed:

  • What it took to work together across differences, including race and class, educational backgrounds and professions, types of organizations, sectors and all other differences participants bring to their collaboration.
  • Understanding structural and cultural issues that impede effective collaboration and developing strategies to address these challenges; and
  • Looking more deeply at what it means to be a leader of collaborations – how participants work on their own personal issues as a leader, model the way, and create an organizational culture that facilitates working effectively across differences.


1:00 Lunch


2:00 “Collaboration Idol”

In the model of “American Idol,” a panel of “judges” presided over an integrative session where conference participants brainstormed and presented their ideas for creating and sustaining collaboratives throught a range of challenging situations. Participants drew on new tools, approaches, and solutions they had learned during the 2-day conference.

Judges: Ken Hardy, Julie Brown, and Greg Hicks


3:15 Break


3:30 Closing Speaker: Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO, San Francisco Foundation

What's Mine is Yours: Infectious Collaboration

The speaker offered a call to action for conference attendees to take collaboration to a new level. The key tenent of her remarks was that as public health practitioners and advocates, students have to continue to magnify their networks and utilize broader systems for optimizing public health outcomes. She cited examples of breaking silos, sharing power, making data more transparent, and multi-sector health solutions.


4:30 Wrap-up and Closing; slide show from conference "Photo-booth" project



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