2011 Conference - Workshops

Workshop 1: Creating High-Trust Relationships and Collaborations

In this impactful and interactive session, you will learn how to use four behavioral choices to build trust within teams, between teams, and across organizational cultures. Based on the Foster/Hicks model, the workshop gives you tangible skills for successfully having open and direct conversations, joint problem solving, and sharing of information, even when the parties involved have different motivations and agendas. Rooted in scientific research, participants will also learn how to actually impact biochemistry in ways that make us more able to connect with others (and for others to be more likely to connect with us.)

Facilitators: Greg Hicks and Rick Foster, Leadership Consultants

Workshop 2: Evaluating the success of your collaboration

This session will explore some of the key questions that evaluators and funders might be asking when they conduct evaluations of collaboratives. The workshop facilitators are evaluators who will share their perspectives and lessons learned from their evaluations of local, regional, and national collaborations to that seek to improve community health and advance health policy changes. The session will draw upon an extensive literature review of best practices in collaborative development to offer a framework for considering key elements of collaborative development, as well as present some potential tools for reflecting upon and evaluating collaborative development. The session will be designed to be interactive in nature, so that participants might explore how an evaluation of a collaborative might explicitly track collaborative growth along dimensions such as a collective shared vision for change, member engagement and capacity building, effective processes and infrastructure for collaborative operation, and attention to a collaborative’s interface with the constituencies that it represents.

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

Workshop 3: Power Dynamics in Collaboratives

Power is an integral dimension of all relationships and human systems. Collaborative experiences bring up a variety of power issues and dynamics. When large and small organizations and community members are brought together, can each member be an "equal" participant, have equal voice and access to influence and decision-making power? When there are people with varying positions of power and authority in their organizations, or different educational backgrounds, ages, races, genders - what power dynamics might emerge? What happens when one organization is the convener, or the funder? Partners may also be concerned about losing power and control as they work towards mutual dependence, authentic partnership, and joint enterprises.

When power is acknowledged and addressed sensitively, responsively, and conscientiously, it can be a major catalyst for enhanced effectiveness in a collaboration, and may even inspire growth, healing, and transformation. However, when power is denied, ignored, or remains unacknowledged in relationships it often has stifling effects and becomes an unidentified source of tension and frustration. This workshop will provide an exploration of power dynamics between people and across organizations working in collaboratives. Specific strategies for effectively using power and avoiding the misuses (intended and unintended) of power will be addressed.

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

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

Building upon what you will have learned at the conference on Day 1,this interactive workshop will expose you to best practices and provide specific tips for successful dialogue and the subsequent implementation of goals in collaborations with partners from multiple sectors, organizations, or disciplines.  This includes what you should be thinking about from a planning and strategy point of view as well as in-the-moment skills to be used in meetings. Dilemmas or challenges participants have experienced or could be facing will be explored and analyzed.

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

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

Some collaborations are formed in response to a funding opportunity; others are created first and then seek funding.  In almost all cases, having dedicated funding can change the nature of a collaboration, impacting issues of leadership, communication, decision-making, trust, and accountability. This workshop will provide examples of how some collaborations have navigated the issues of funding and how funding impacted the development and sustainability of the collaborations. The workshop facilitator has participated in, led, and funded multiple collaborations.

Facilitator: Ignatius Bau, Health Policy Consultant

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

Health care providers continuously strive to address disparities in care by enhancing access to care through community collaboration. By sharing the dynamics of relationships and providing anecdotal examples, this session will present an approach to creating “intentional relationships”. These relationships are often the key to forming effective community based collaborations from grass roots to grass tops, as well as engaging appropriate internal stakeholders.

Participants will learn about the “Rules of Engagement”, and how to utilize an “Appreciative Inquiry “approach to establish mutually beneficial relationships of trust.  Real life scenarios will be shared to demonstrate results and a tool will be provided to support participants’ efforts to develop successful collaborations within their communities.

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




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