Network Leader Learning Circle

The Network Leader Learning Circle purpose is to create relationships with other HEAL coordinators for the purpose of sharing ideas, resources and learning together.  The focus will be on leading with a network mindset in order to effectively implement place-based HEAL environmental and policy change.  The sessions will use a range of learning methodologies, with a priority on peer led consulting and case studies, discussion and debriefs on HEAL Zone strategy implementation and exercises aimed at translating theory into practice.

Session XVII: Fall 2017 Network Leader Learning Circle
November 2, 2017  | California Endowment Los Angeles 

Topics Covered

  • Learn about and celebrate the successes that have come from strong partnerships. 
  • Understand long-term lessons of place-based initiatives.
  • Prepare for sustained commitment to HEAL communities.
     

Speakers

  • Jennifer Vanica, VanicaCummings Consulting


Agenda (Link)

Evaluation Form (Link

Presentations

  • Jennifer Vanica's Presentation (Link
     

Session Notes (Coming Soon)

Session XVI: Summer 2017 Network Leader Learning Circle
August 11, 2017  |  Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Topics Covered

  • Sharing highlights from the HEAL Zone collaborative reflection sessions.
  • Discussing creative ways to connect, layer, and scale CAP strategies.
  • Identifying methods for stronger partner engagement and effective strategy implementation.


Speakers

  • Karen Thompson and Evette De Luca, Ontario HEAL Zone


Agenda (Link)

Learning Circle Presentation (Link)  

Ontario HEAL Zone Presentation (Link)

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Session XV: Spring 2017 Network Leader Learning Circle
March 22, 2017  |  California Endowment Los Angeles

Topics Covered

  • Understanding the best approaches to messaging community-focused communications in the HEAL Zones.
  • Identifying gaps in communications strategies targeting HEAL Zone residents.
  • Drafting (or revising) Phase 2 Communication Plans.


Agenda (Link)

PowerPoint Presentation (Link)

Discussion Highlights (Link)

Cause Clarity Bite-Size Courses for Your Cause

  • How to Create a Core Message (Link)
  • How to Customize Your Message (Link)
  • How to Choose a Messenger (Link)
  • How to Choose Social Media (Link)


Resources

  • Cause Clarity Communications Toolkit (Link)
  • Some Advice as You Develop a Communication Plan (Link)
  • Data Sources (Link)


HEAL Zone Materials

  • Anaheim HEAL Zone (Link)
  • Lemon Grove HEAL Zone (Link)
  • Ontario HEAL Zone (Link)
  • Riverside HEAL Zone (Link)


 Social Media

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Session XIV: Fall 2016 Network Leader Learning Circle
November 1, 2016  |  Sheraton Park Anaheim

Topics Covered

  • Focusing on the elements of collaborative that are nurturing partnerships and accelerating strategy implementation.
  • Learning about Phase 1 cross-site data findings and reflecting on its use for straightening interventions.
  • Identifying opportunities to communicate data findings to strengthen organization, local, and regional partnerships.


 Agenda (Link)

 Presentations

  • We're Turning 5! Collaborating in Style Since 2012 (Link)
  • You're Invtied to a Data Party! (Link)


Resources

  • Collaborative Effectiveness Assessment Tool (Link)
  • Data Communication Plan Template (Link)

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Session XIII: Spring 2016 Network Leader Learning Circle
May 16, 2016  |  Hilton Pasadena

Topics Covered

  • Reflection on roles of coordinating agency and community engagement coordinators with partners and residents in implementation of strategies.
  • Identifying opportunities to increase partner and resident capacity to work collaboratively.
  • Identifying success measures and effective use of data for community engagement.


Agenda (Link)

Reading Assignments

  • Barnes, Melody and Paul Schmitz. “Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever).” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Spring 2016. (Link)
  • Kania, John and Mark Kramer. “The Equity Imperative in Collective Impact.” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Fall 2015. (Link)
  • Reyes, Rebecca and Malana Rogers-Bursen, 10 Ways to Overcome Barriers to Youth Engagement (Link)

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Session XII: Building Clinic-Community Connections
November 5, 2015  |  California Endowment Los Angeles

Topics Covered

  • Better understanding the current policy environment under which community clinics operate.
  • Developing draft processes for advancing clinic-community work.
  • Refining strategies to enhance the impact of clinical interventions.


Speakers

  • Dr. Kate Colwell, MD


Agenda (Link)

Reading Assignment (Link)

Presentation by Dr. Colwell (Link)

Individual Clinic Assessment (Link)

Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard (Link)

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Session XI: Riding the Wave of HEAL Community Transformation - How Do We Sustain Our Momentum?
July 31, 2015  |  Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Topics Covered

  • Reflection on lessons learned from previous planning processes.
  • Learning a whole systems approach to planning (including data and resident engagement).


Speakers

  • Ninfa Delgado and Laurie Haessly, East Riverside HEAL Zone
  • Evette DeLuca and Karen Thompson, Ontario HEAL Zone
  • Penny Lopez, Whittier HEAL Local Partnership


Agenda (Link)

Evaluation Form (Link)
   
Presentations

  • Network Leader Learning Circle (Link)
  • Breakout Session 1: Overview of the HEAL Phase 2 RFP (Link
  • Resident Engagement for Sustained Community Change (Link


Resources

  • Lessons for Leaders: Navigating the Process of Healthy Community Change     (Link)
  • Resident Engagement Spectrum: Informed to Empowered (Link)
  • Data Use Session - Discussion Guide (Link)
  • Planning Steps for Application Process - with Activity Ideas (Link)
  • Anaheim HEAL Partner Highlights (Link)
  • Whittier HEAL Pamphlet (Link Pending)


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Session X: Applying Lessons from Place-Based Initiatives
March 10, 2015  |  California Community Foundation Los Angeles


The Southern California Kaiser Permanente HEAL Zone Initiative builds on a "place-based" approach to reversing the high obesity rates in low-income communities. While place-based approaches have traditionally been designed as a means for addressing poverty, public health advocates now recognize the linkages between poverty and health outcomes, so this approach makes sense.  The HEAL sites thus have much to gain (and share!) from lessons learned and challenges overcome in other place-based initiatives.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding rationale for (and challenges of) place-based programming.
  • Learning the importance of applying an “asset based approach” to the HEAL Zone work.
  • Gaining capacity to apply key lessons for ensuring partners (including resident) ownership and long-term sustainability.


Speakers

  • Jennifer Ybarra, The Building Healthy Communities Initiative, The California Endowment
  • Jennifer Vanica, The Diamon Neigborhoods/Market Creek Plaza Iniative, VanicaCummings Community Change Cosulting
  • Frank Molina/Vera de Vera, The El Monte Community Building Initative, California Community Foundation


Agenda (Link)

Evaluation Form (Link)

Presentations

  • Frank Molina, California Community Foundation (Link)
  • Jennifer Vanica, VanicaCummings (Link)
  • Jennifer Ybarra, The California Endowment (Link)


Resources

  • Pre-Session Reading Packet (Link)
  • Resource Guide (Link)
  • Herding Cats Video (Link)


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Session IX: Sustaining the Momentum Part II: Deepening and Expanding Facilitative Leadership
November 3, 2014  |  Westin Pasadena

How do Network Leaders tap into the creativity, experience and commitment of their partners to advance transformative changes for healthy eating and active living? At our last Learning Circle, we focused on the importance of building a movement. In this session, we will discuss leadership practices that, when fully embraced, can empower partners to move together from vision to action in extraordinary new ways.

Topics Covered

  • Gaining practical knowledge, skills, and tools to fully embrace a “systems” perspective and higher levels of partner participation.
  • Understanding the importance of heart and mind as a foundation for intentional leadership.
  • Take away peer perspectives on effective meeting agendas (process and content).


Speakers

  • Robbin Randolph, Mindfulness Consultant


Agenda (Link)

Presentations

  • Network Leader Learning Circle (Link)
  • Using Mindfulness to Support Facilitative Leadership (Link)


Resources

  • “The Art of Facilitative Leadership” by Jeffrey Cufaude (Link)
  • "Collaboration: Getting Beyond the Magical Thinking” by Geoff Aigner (Link)

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Session VIII: Sustaining the Momentum: Building a Local Movement for Change
August 15, 2014  |  Uptown Whittier YMCA

Implementation is tougher than everyone had imagined.  It is still hard to demonstrate measureable impact.  Everyone’s wondering if the funder will “re-up.”  Under such conditions, how do you sustain momentum and partner commitment to advancing healthy eating and active living in your community?  How do you build a local movement for change?

Topics Covered

  • Sustaining momentum and partner commitment in advancing healthy eating active living.
  • Building local movement for change.


Speakers

  • Mariel Medipour, Kern County Department of Public Health
  • Penny Lopez, Whittier YMCA
  • Jean Varden, Antelope Valley Partners for Health
  • Cheryl Moder, Lemon Grove HEAL Zone


Agenda (Link)

Presentation (Link)

Resources

  • Katcher, Robin. “Unstill Waters:The Fluid Role of Networks in Social Movements.” The Nonprofit Quarterly (Summer 2010). Pp. 52-59. (Link)
  •  Leach, Mark and Laurie Mazur. “Creating Culture: Promising Practices of Successful Movement Networks.” The Nonprofit Quarterly. (Fall/Winter 2013). Pp.16-25. (Link)

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Session VII: Influence: Using Carrots when Sticks Won't Work
April 22, 2014  |  California Endowment Los Angeles


This session will focus on the many sources of influence that can be used to advance the HEAL strategies by your partners and stakeholders. We will take on the law of reciprocity, diagnosing other people’s worlds, identifying relevant “currencies” and more!

Topics Covered

  • The importance of influence within the Network Leader’s toolbox.
  • Adapting and applying key concepts of  “influence without authority” to the HEAL Zone context.
  • Commitment to using influence to accelerate progress on key CAP strategy.


Speakers

  • Lori Tiffany, Activate Whittier
  • Ninfa Delgado, Eastside Riverside HEAL Zone


Agenda (Link)

Presentation (Link)

Resources

  • The Influence Model: Using Reciprocity and Exchange to Get What You Need (Link)


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Session VI: Insider Tips for Progress Reporting
January 21, 2014  |  California Endowment Los Angeles


In this session we will get a jump start on the progress reports by delving deeper on how to fully capture and illustrate the process, synergies, successes, and challenges in your CAP strategies. We will also discuss how to use data to inform your progress report and support any CAP revisions.

Topics Covered

  • Focus on better understanding the funder’s expectations for progress reporting.
  • Better understanding on how to use site visit feedback, year 1 implementation assessment and the DOCC to get a jump start on the progress report.
  • Engagement with partners in a process to inform the progress report.


Speakers

  • Letty Alvarez, West Ventura HEAL Zone
  • John Gustaferro, Javier Gonzalez, and Leah Ersoylu, Anaheim HEAL Zone


Agenda (Link)

Presentations

  • Network Leader Learning Circle (Link)
  • Anaheim Presentation (Link)
  • West Ventura Presentation (Link)


Resources

  • Insider Tips for Progress Reporting (Link)
  • Anaheim Progress Report Template (Link)
  • West Ventura Progress Report Template (Link)
  • Learning Event and Peer Exchange Save the Dates (Link)

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Session V: Tensions of Turf
October 15, 2013  |  Pasadena Hilton

This session will provide HEAL Network Leaders with practical support for skillfully managing the dynamic tension that commonly arises when people collaborate. Through small group discussion, role-playing and other hands on activities, HEAL Network leaders will continue to build their skills in leading coalitions and networks whose members have varying perspectives, skills, and mandates. How can a Network Leader structure or recalibrate their collaborative so as to identify, create and effectively frame opportunities for network members (agency partners and resident members) to advance their organizational and individual interests, while advancing the network’s purpose and impact?

Topics Covered

  • Engaging in discussions and activities that draw out practical experiences from HEAL Zone leaders to sustain effective partnerships as coalition efforts deepen in CAP implementation.
  • Understanding the major considerations of effective coalition building and identifying techniques by which to address the needs, interests, strengths, and diversity of the membership as well as maintain vitality of the coalition’s goals and objectives.
  • Problem-solving common turf issues that arise in collaborative work using a framework that limits the negative aspects of turf.


Agenda (Link)

Presentation

  • Tensions of Turf: Identifying Opportunities to Strengthen Coalitions as Issues Arise (Link)


Readings

  • Tensions of Turf: Making it Work for the Coalition (Link)
  • Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide (Link)


Resources

  • Do's of Agenda Setting (Link)
  • Tensions of Turf: Making it Work for the Coalition (Link)

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Session IV: Effective Network Planning
July 22, 2013  |  California Endowment Los Angeles


This session will focus on effective network planning – keeping in mind that strategic convening, flexibility and responsiveness to opportunities should continue to guide the work. With the effective use of data as a foundation, we’ll engage in discussion and activities designed to encourage reflection on HEAL Zone year one implementation, to consider how to sustain partner engagement (including resident leaders) through strategic convening in year two, and to help you prepare your annual Progress Report.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding how to apply strategic convening as a means for sustaining partner engagement.
  • Engaging partners in a process, using data, to reflect on HEAL Zone year one progress and challenges and to inform year two implementation.
  • Getting a jump start on annual progress report!


Speakers

  • Letty Alvarez and Melanie Briones, West Ventura HEAL Zone 


Agenda (Link)

Presentations

  • Embracing Emergence (Link)
  • Lemon Grove (Link)
  • West Ventura (Link)
  • Evaluation (Link)


Reading

  •  Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity (Link)


Resource

  • Using Data to Inform Program Improvement (Link)

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Session III: Inter-Sectoral Collaboration
May 3, 2013  |  California Endowment Los Angeles


In the transition from planning to implementation efforts, HEAL Network Leaders are gaining key experiences and skills in engaging and influencing decision-makers and stakeholders. This interactive session will provide Heal Zone Network Leaders the forum to discuss opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned as well as provide them with frameworks and tools for strengthening partnerships with residents and collaborating agencies. . Through the course of the session, Network Leaders will begin to develop an assessment of their collaborative efforts and identify next steps for action for their HEAL Zone work. Questions that will be addressed include: How does a Network Leader tap into agency partner and resident assets and power to advance change objectives? How do partnerships collectively assess and revise CAP strategies to advance environmental and policy change?

Topics Covered

  • Engaging in discussions and activities based on practical experiences from HEAL Zone leaders to sustain effective collaboration and accelerate CAP implementation.
  • Re-analyzing HEAL Zone partner’s skills, resources, mandates, and interests using the Collaboration Multiplier tool to assess alignment on shared strategies for CAP implementation.
  • Sharing best practices on collaboration and partner engagement with SoCal HEAL Zone peers and colleagues.


Agenda (Link)

Presentation

  • Inter-Sectoral Collaboration (Link)


Readings

  • Collaboration Math: Summary (Link)
  • Collaboration Math: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Collaboration (Link)
  • A Decade of Advocacy: The Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments (Link)


Resources

  • Engaging New Sectors in Collaborative, Policy Goals Worksheet (Link)
  • Collaboration Multiplier Analysis Chart (Link)


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Session II: “Collective Impact” Approach to Community Transformation
February 12, 2013  |  California Endowment Los Angeles


Place-based networks that focus on environmental and policy change are very different from the service-oriented coalitions of times past!  What does it mean to create “collective impact” and “lead with a network mindset”?  What are the skills required for a “project coordinator” to transition to a true “network leader”?  What role does data play in supporting this role as well as creating and sustaining transformational change?  This session will launch your efforts to facilitate community transformations in the HEAL Zones.

Topics Covered

  • Working on understanding the concept of “collective impact” and its relationship to key network leadership skills.
  • Learning and practicing relevant Evaluation Team tools.
  • Identifying opportunities for using HEAL website to advance efforts to gain key network leadership skills.


Agenda (Link)

Presentations

  • Network Leadership for Collective Impact (Link)
  • DOCC and Snapshot Reports for Enhancing Collective Impact (Link)
  • HEAL Website Launch and Use (Link)


Readings

  • Collective Impact 1 - The Basics (Link)
  • Collective Impact 2 - Making CI Work (Link)
  • Collective Impact 3 - Addressing Complexity (Link)


Resources

  • CHI Dose Guide (Link)
  • Eastside Riverside Key Terms (Link)
  • Eastside Riverside Park Categories (Link)


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Session I: Principles of Network Leadership
October 10, 2012  |  Westin Pasadena


For this first session, we’ll present an overview of network leadership. Through this presentation and subsequent discussion, we will facilitate a common understanding and knowledge to facilitate our subsequent “deep dives” into skills needed for impactful networked leadership and coalition building.

Topics Covered

  • Developing skills and knowledge for successful launch of HEAL evaluation.
  • Focus on unique role played by network leaders.


Agenda (Link)

Presentations

  • Learning Circle for Network Leadership (Link)
  • Evaluation (Link)


Reading

  • Vertigo and the Intentional Inhabitant: Leadership in a Connected World (Link)

Resource

  • Network Weaver Checklist (Link)