Collaboration is essential for addressing community challenges. CHS supports community collaboratives to help local stakeholders accomplish their goals for capacity building and community impact.
- A community collaborative can be convened by a foundation, public agency, or another organization seeking to foster community change.
- The basic approach is to choose a focus, engage participants, define goals, design and develop supports, and collaborate on learning and action to accomplish the goals.
- The number of organizations participating could range from a few to dozens.
- The time period could run from a few weeks to months.
- The supports and activities are tailored for the project, and typically include a mix of online resources, virtual meetings, in-person strategy sessions, coaching, and technical assistance.
Recent examples of community collaboratives supported by CHS include:
- Primary Care. A primary care collaborative to help safety net health care providers build capacity for patient centered medical home recognition.
- Chronic Care. A chronic care collaborative to improve services and supports for community residents with with chronic conditions.
- Mental Health. A mental health collaborative to improve services and supports for community residents with mental health conditions.
- Senior Services. A senior services collaborative to improve community services and supports for older adults.
- Early Childhood. An early childhood screening collaborative to improve screening and referral pathways for young children with developmental concerns.
- School Health. A school health collaborative to develop and implement school/community partnerships for improving child health.
- Telehealth. A telehealth strategy collaborative to help a coalition of rural communities develop strategies for improving access to services via telehealth.
How CHS Can Help
If your organization would like to create a community collaborative, CHS can help you:
- Define objectives for the collaborative.
- Assess learning needs of participants.
- Design learning activities and programs.
- Develop learning resources including content and subject matter experts.
- Facilitate learning events and activities.
- Support individual and team learning throughout the program.
- Evaluate the community impact of the collaborative.