• Collaborative action learning is a proven strategy for helping individuals and organizations accelerate learning and improvement. At CHS we produce Action Learning Collaboratives to help participants accelerate learning and elevate impact. Explore below to learn how an Action Learning Collaborative works, and see examples of collaboratives supported by CHS.

  • An Action Learning Collaborative could extend anywhere from three months to 12 months or longer depending on the scope of work and the interests of participants. Key elements include the following.
    • Sponsorship. Many of our Collaboratives are sponsored by associations, foundations, or public agencies on behalf of participants from non-profit or government organizations.
    • A Defined Focus. The focus for a Collaborative could include any topic or set of aims of interest to participants.
    • Engaged Participants. A Collaborative engages individuals or teams from multiple organizations in a focused process of assessing needs, designing strategies, developing capacity, executing for results, and demonstrating impact.
    • Learning Sessions. A Collaborative has a series of group learning sessions where participants learn from presentations by external instructors as well as other Collaborative members. The number of learning sessions may range from one to 12 or more depending on the focus and the interests of participants.
    • Action Periods. Collaborative participants apply what they are learning to address real-world challenges and opportunities during action periods between learning sessions. Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and an online resource center.
    • Capstone Event. A Collaborative may include a Capstone Event in which participants become teachers by delivering presentations on innovations and lessons learned from their applied projects.
    • Positive Impact.  The aim of every Collaborative is to help participants create and demonstrate positive impact within their organization or community.
  • Sponsor. A regional health foundation.
  • Focus. Improving safety net health care for uninsured adults with chronic conditions.
  • Participants. Local health care organizations including free clinics, a rural health center, a community behavioral health organization, two health systems, a public health agency, and a pharmacy access organization.
  • Learning Sessions. Monthly learning sessions focus on defining needs, discussing promising practices, and developing collaborative strategies for improvement.
  • Action Periods. Participating organizations implement the Chronic Care Model and other key strategies during action periods between meetings. Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
  • Capstone Event. Participants periodically report on their number of patients served, their patient demographic profile, their patient health profile, their quality measures, and their innovations and lessons learned.
  • Positive Impact.  Thousands of community members benefit from enhanced access to high quality care, and organizations benefit from team learning and development.
  • Sponsor. A statewide primary care association with federal grant support.
  • Focus. Helping community health centers develop capacity for patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition.
  • Participants.  PCMH development teams from 20+ community health centers.
  • Learning Sessions. Onsite group learning sessions and topical webinars focus on building specific PCMH capabilities.
  • Action Periods. Participating teams work together to to build and document PCMH capabilities during action periods between meetings.  Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
  • Capstone Event. Participating teams submit their applications for PCMH recognition to NCQA or the Joint Commission.
  • Positive Impact. Thousands of patients benefit from receiving care in a robust medical home, and organizations benefit from team learning and development.
  • Sponsor. Three statewide associations, a state public health agency, and a federal agency.
  • Focus. Helping interprofessional teams of health care providers strengthen their competencies for interprofessional collaboration and leadership.
  • Participants. Interprofessional teams of three to five people from organizations in health care and public health.
  • Learning Sessions. Four onsite group learning sessions over a nine month period with expert faculty presentations and facilitated peer learning opportunities.
  • Action Periods. Participating teams work together on a ‘capstone project’ designed to address a real challenge or opportunity affecting their organization or community.  Action period supports include webinars, coaching, data, tools, training, technical assistance, and a shared online resource center.
  • Capstone Event. Participating teams deliver a ‘teach-back’ presentation at the final session to share their accomplishments, insights, and lessons learned.
  • Positive Impact. Participants report positive impact on their personal development and team development, as well as positive impact from their capstone project.
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