Community Planning Event
On March 8, 2022, community stakeholders from Blackford and Jay Counties gathered together for a six-hour Community Planning Event in which collaborative work was facilitated by HealthTAP. To accelerate collaboration, they used a Purdue-developed method called Strategic Doing™ that focuses on community strengths rather than weaknesses, and approaches change by imagining the future as you think it should be and then asking what it would take to get there. This is known as appreciative inquiry.
The Workgroup Tables
Balanced to include the different sectors of the community (i.e. schools, business, social services, law enforcement/courts, faith-based organizations, government), each table (shown below) approached the appreciative question (shown right) by collectively engaging with each other on a journey through four steps: 1) What could we do? 2) What should we do? 3) What will we do? and 4) What is our 30/30?
During the event, participants were guided to uncover assets; consider how to link & leverage them; form project ideas and choose the best option for their "Big Easy" or pathfinder project; agree to action items; and schedule out future workgroup meetings.
The Appreciative Question: Imagine breaking the intergenerational cycle of addiction in our communities by creating a safe, stigma-free place for children and families to thrive. How might Blackford and Jay Counties rally together and share resources—starting today—to build a better future for the next generation?
Ryan Brown, MD
Serves as a bridge between the counties
CORE-ECI Program Director, Co-PI
CORE-ECI is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling nearly $1M. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.
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