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Webinars Descriptions: 2017

January Webinar Topic: A Network Approach to Fostering Empowerment, Leadership, and Innovation within Public Sector Agencies

Thursday, January 26, 2017
2-3 pm EST | 1-2 pm CST | 12-1 pm MST | 11am-12 pm PST
Register online(if you are unable to attend this webinar, please still register since we will share the webinar recording with all registrants).
Cost: Free
 As the pace of change accelerates globally, institutions designed to function in simpler times are strained. As task complexities increase, budgets are being simultaneously trimmed and public sector employees are increasingly taking on more work. Often this tendency to “do more with less” comes at the cost of work-life balance, workplace satisfaction, and morale, which can causes recruitment and retention problems for agencies.
What is the role of networks in this situation? The Dual System approach, introduced by John Kotter, melds the efficiency and productivity of a hierarchy with the flexibility and agility of a network. The National Park System’s (NPS) Innovative Leadership Network (ILN) exists to connect dispersed employees, provide a forum for open communications and interaction regardless of rank or tenure, and offers leadership and personal empowerment opportunities to its members. ILN helps drive creativity and innovation through a diverse network of employees working on the ground in their park units. In doing so, it benefits both employees and the organization and can lead to a better workplace for all.
 During this webinar learn about:
  1. How NPS developed and integrated a grassroots employee network within an established federal agency using an Employee Resource Group model.
  2. How big data/metrics are being utilized to tailor the specific mission of our network towards areas where we can be most effective and provide the most benefit to our organization.
  3. How to scale the emergent intelligence and effectiveness of small teams across a bureaucratic, geographically dispersed workforce by leveraging the power of intentional networks.
  4. The importance of effective communication across the network and throughout the agency to clarify organizational goals, garner support, share successes, and connect employees at all levels.
Presenter Bios:
Bianca Klein is an interpretive media specialist at Yellowstone National Park. Hailing from Western Maryland, Bianca began her career as a water quality intern in 1999 at Assateague Island National Seashore. She continued working summers at Assateague while obtaining her bachelor degree in wildlife biology at Frostburg State University and obtained a master of science degree in biology from the University of West Florida in 2004. She also worked as a biological science technician at Gulf Islands National Seashore, and was a biologist for the US Marine Corps in North Carolina before moving to Wyoming in 2009.  Bianca has appreciated the challenges and interdisciplinary team work involved with her position as an environmental protection specialist at Yellowstone National Park for the last eight years.  However, through a recent detail opportunity, she realized her career aspirations were changing and that a career in communication, creative media, and education would better suit her personal interests.  Bianca is passionate about employee engagement, specifically leadership development, and is excited to have the opportunity to bring the Innovative Leadership Network concept to Yellowstone.  As co-lead of the communications subcommittee of the Innovative Leadership Network she has enjoyed exploring ways to connect members and create opportunities to share the great work of the organization service-wide.
Dylan Mroszczyk-McDonald is a Ranger at Acadia National Park. He grew up in the village of Woodstock, VT where he received his first experiences in nature and stewardship, exploring and hiking in forests that are now a part of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. He graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in history and began his National Park Service (NPS) career as an interpretation ranger at Boston National Historical Park. Following his training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, he completed his field training assignment at Yosemite National Park. He is a recent summa cum laude graduate of Vermont Law School’s program in environmental law & policy. Dylan is incredibly passionate about the mission of the Innovative Leadership Network. He is committed to helping bring about a positive transformation of NPS culture, as well as co-creating an empowering and rewarding work environment for all employees of the Park Service. As a strong believer in the mission of the National Park Service, he hopes to instill the importance of stewardship, innovation, and collaborative leadership within the next generation of park service employees. 

February Webinar Topic: Leading Networks toward Action: How to Facilitate Effective Discussions with Groups of Diverse Stakeholders

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3-4 pm EST | 2-3 pm CST | 1-2 pm MST | 12pm-1 pm PST
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Cost: Free
More and more organizations, groups, and industries are recognizing that complex issues can’t be addressed from one direction alone. To achieve sustainable outcomes, representatives of diverse stakeholder groups are coming together in networks and coalitions to develop and implement mutually beneficial solutions. Successful leaders of networks are often known for their abilities to build relationships, connect communities, and implement strategies to achieve a shared vision. But how do leaders and facilitators guide groups through important discussions in ways that best harness their collective wisdom and commitment?
This presentation will provide network leaders and participants with an understanding of how individuals process information and how groups make decisions. Participants will review practical tools for designing discussions and decision-making sessions that take advantage of the natural thinking process and lead to greater group creativity and consensus. The presenter will rely on examples of network collaboration based on years of experience facilitating rural health networks around the country in their efforts to improve the quality of care in their communities.
Learning objectives:
• Gain insight into the dynamics of group decision making and how network participants can contribute to productive discussions.
• Explore techniques for facilitating key conversations with network representatives.
• Understand approaches to navigating common barriers experienced in network facilitation.
Presenter Bio:
Kap Wilkes, Director of Program Development, National Rural Health Resource Center
Kap has been with the National Rural Health Resource Center and Rural Health Innovations since 2012. In her role, she’s responsible for management of the Network Technical Assistance program and the rural health care recruitment and retention focus area, as well as for developing products and services that increase the capacity of health organizations and networks. Kap is a certified facilitator and has helped organizations with their strategic planning and problem-solving efforts to adapt and innovate for over fifteen years. Kap is an adjunct faculty for The College of St. Scholastica School of Business and Technology, teaching both Organization Development and Performance Improvement courses within the Rural Healthcare MBA program. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas Lawrence and Bachelor of Arts in Physics/Astronomy from Agnes Scott College.

March Webinar Topic: A Mixed Methods Approach to Assess a Network Intervention of Public and Private Sector Partners: The Example of Million Hearts

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
2-3 pm EST | 1-2 pm CST | 12-1 pm MST | 11am-12 pm PST
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Cost: Free
Presenters: Dr. Malcolm Williams, RAND Corporation & Dr. Danielle Varda, Center on Network Science- CU Denver
More and more, a “network intervention” is the chosen approach for addressing complex public health issues. A network intervention “describes the process of using social network data to accelerate behavior change or improve organizational performance; . . . social networks can be leveraged to accelerate behavior change, improve organizational efficiency, enhance social change, and improve dissemination and diffusion of innovations” (Valente 2012, 49).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have implemented Million Hearts (MHI), an unprecedented initiative to coordinate efforts across the United States, with a goal to prevention of “1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.” A key strategy to achieving these goals is to implement policies to coordinate the public, private, and nonprofit sectors around these shared goals.
This type of coordination could scale up the adoption and dissemination of proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke, through relationship building, resources and knowledge exchange, program development, data sharing, and identification of best practices. Thus, there is a need to develop information and a data-informed evidence base about the success and challenges of the MHI, and methods for how this initiative might grow and strengthen to reach the goal of improving heart health and reducing heart disease.
In 2016 the RAND Corporation and the University of Colorado Denver implemented a qualitative and social network analysis to develop information and a data-informed evidence base about the success and challenges of the MHI, and methods for how this initiative might grow and strengthen to reach the goal of improving heart health and reducing heart disease. This webinar will report on the methods and results of the work.
Presenter Bios: Malcolm V. Williams is a policy researcher and associate director for the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation. His background is in health services research. His research interests include racial and ethnic disparities in quality and access to care, trust in health care providers, and vulnerability to public health disasters. His work often incorporates community-based research efforts, including those conducted with faith-based organizations. Williams' current research includes a number of community-based studies on a range of topics including building community resilience to disaster, urban religious congregations' capacity for HIV prevention and care, and assessing the health care experiences of ex-prisoners. He is a co-developer of "Mapping Populations Vulnerable to Public Health Disasters" a GIS-based mapping tool that organizations interested in public health emergency preparedness can use to identify locations of high concentrations of vulnerable populations in their communities. Williams received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University, and his M.P.P. from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.
Danielle Varda is Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver with a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy. She is Co-Director of the Nonprofit Concentration, Advisor to the Dual MPA-MPH Degree, and Director of the Research Program on Collaborative Governance. She also sits on the AmeriCorps NCCC Federal Advisory Board, and is an alumn of the AmeriCorps NCCC (Class 5 and 6). Dr. Varda joins SPA from the RAND Corporation, where she worked as an Associate Policy Scientist from 2005-2008. She specializes in collaborative governance and network leadership, focusing specifically in Public Health Systems and Services Research. Her research focus is on evaluating the network structure of interorganizational collaborations between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and the subsequent network effects of these recorded interactions. She has developed models and methods of network measurement, for example she has developed a research model for measuring social capital by evaluating the network structure of local community networks, including developing questionnaires and analysis of diverse network data. In addition, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the developer of a software tool (PARTNER, that uses Social Network Analysis to administer a survey and link to an analysis tool, to measure and monitor collaborative activity over time. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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