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2018 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 

NACDD invites Chronic Disease / Health Promotion Directors and staff

to apply for a leadership development, mentoring and learning opportunity called

Generate, Educate, Activate, and Respond (GEAR) Groups.

 

Apply Today! Application Link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018GEARGroupapp

 

 Participation is limited to 9 - 11 people for each of the 5 GEAR Groups

Due:  January 5, 2018

 

What is GEAR? Generate, Educate, Activate and Respond Groups are professional and leadership development communities of practice that provide learning opportunities on various cross-cutting topics and expands opportunities for networking with other public health professionals at state health departments.

 

2018 GEAR Group Theme: ‘Accelerating Population Health’

The 2018 NACDD GEAR Group participants will engage in peer-to-peer learning and sharing opportunities to examine innovative models that align population health improvement with chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts carried out by state health departments.  Understanding access to high quality health care services and the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play contribute to the health of individuals and communities. GEAR Group participants will discuss and gain a deeper understanding of population health by examining definitions and examples, within and outside of the health care sector, that address the social, cultural, economic and environmental determinants of health.  Groups will share and discuss strategies used by state chronic disease and health promotion leaders to enhance population health in collaboration with multiple sectorial partners. Participants will also reflect on promising practices and discuss how their learning can be applied with a goal to positively impact health outcomes across populations within and beyond their state.  

 

Five GEAR Groups representing the unique perspectives of the CDC’s Four Domains and heath equity will explore this year’s theme, Accelerating Population Health. Each GEAR Group will cover the following topics through six participatory web conferences: Population Health Connections; Social Determinants of Health; Population Health in Action; Engaging Communities and Patients; Collective Accountability at the State Level; and Implications for Action. Specific information about each of the 2018 GEAR Groups is provided below. 

 

GEAR Group

Share and learn through the lens of

Increase understanding of:

1

Epidemiology and surveillance

  • public health's role in ensuring state-level adoption of applied chronic disease epidemiology, data-driven decision-making practices and appropriate evaluation to address health promotion, chronic disease prevention, disparities, social determinants of health (SDoH) and health equity

2

Environmental approaches

  • how changes in policies and physical surroundings that make the healthy choice the easy choice are a foundation to effective population health strategies
  • best practices for engaging community and economic development partners in population health efforts

3

Health systems

  • how public health can support health systems in reforming the delivery of care to prevent and better manage chronic diseases

4

Community-clinical linkages

  • what state chronic disease programs do to connect community programs to clinical services that help people prevent and manage their chronic diseases

5

Population Health Equity

  • innovative models that align population health improvement and health equity with state level chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts, while also exploring the benefits and challenges of engaging and promoting private-sector leadership in population health efforts

 

Sharing of 2018 GEAR Group Participant Learning

GEAR Groups will work together outside of the six participatory web conferences to develop a plan or product for sharing their learning with other state public health practitioners. Participants will lead this effort, with support and guidance by NACDD GEAR Group Leads. 

  • Product to share the learning: This product or activity will result in the distribution of lessons learned by each GEAR Group to help others build knowledge and or capacity around population health. The format is flexible and can be determined by each group. Examples include a webinar, an issue brief, white paper, success story, presentation, case study, or infographic. These products must be completed by September 15, 2018.
  • Talking points: Each group will prepare a set of talking points for sharing with other states either virtually or in person. These talking points will highlight the high-level lessons learned about population health as it relates to each group’s domain and health equity.

 

2017-2018 Timeline

  • December 14, 2017, 3p ET: optional informational web conference
  • January 5: 2018 GEAR Group applications are due
  • Week of January 22: selected applicants are notified via email; provided request for acceptance
  • February 5, 2-3:30p ET: required GEAR Group orientation call
  • Week of February 12: GEAR Groups begin
  • Week of July 9: GEAR Groups conclude

 

About NACDD GEAR Groups

GEAR Groups are part of a professional development and leadership program at NACDD that provide learning opportunities on various crosscutting topics and expand opportunities for networking with other public health professionals at state health departments. Specific objectives are to:

  • Enhance leadership skills within the public health workforce
  • Facilitate networking and the sharing of ideas across states
  • Inspire innovation within each domain and health equity
  • Accelerate the diffusion of innovation within each domain and health equity
  • Recognize and celebrate contributions of all levels of the public health workforce  

 

NACDD convened five GEAR Groups in 2016 and five in 2017.  Each group consisted of no more than 9 to 11 participants per group.  Call topics were developed by NACDD members and are aligned with the CDC’s Four Domains and health equity.  NACDD Board’s strategic priorities -- leadership and management skills in state public health, partnering with health care and explaining data, evidence and value, are also highlighted through cross cutting topics each year. Information about previous GEAR group topic areas and products from previous years can be found here.

 

Structure / Methodology

NACDD GEAR Groups differ from communities of practice as GEAR Groups serve as incubators for the diffusion of innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention and management. Participants learn from one another while developing a plan to advance the field of public health in their own state and nationally. NACDD strives to create groups where each participant represents a different state.  All levels of chronic disease expertise are represented:  entry level, mid-career and senior level directors or administrators. Each GEAR Group will complete six participatory web conferences exploring the annual theme. GEAR Group meetings are not educational webinars, but rather facilitated conversations among participants requiring preparation and full participation by each participant and during each call. GEAR Group participants will be asked to rotate the role of call facilitator and/or note taker during one of the six sessions.   

 

Technology

GEAR Groups are convened using Adobe Connect, a web conferencing platform. NACDD will supply one webcam to participants who do not already have one.

 

Benefits of Participation

Individuals who participate can expect to: 

  • Gain access to subject matter experts
  • Strengthen skills with quality improvement tools
  • Establish or strengthen network of peers in other states
  • Enhance public health practice and leadership skills

 

State Health Departments with staff who participate may benefit in the following ways:

  • Improved public health practices in their state health department
  • Increased employee efficiency, in terms of time and cost in retrieving information on best practices
  • Engagement in moving forward the national dialogue in this effort
  • Enhanced reputation as a contributor in building new capacity for this work, and
  • Alignment of chronic disease work with public health accreditation standards.

 

Eligibility and Application Process

GEAR groups are designed for individuals working in governmental public health at the state level.  Participation is limited to 9 to 11 people for each of the five GEAR Groups. Applicants will be asked to select no more than two desired GEAR Group choices. Final placement will be made based on applicant’s responses to the open-ended questions and recommendations from external reviewers. Applicants must indicate approval from their State Chronic Disease Director in the application form (even if they are organizationally located in a different part of the department). Applicants must complete the Survey Monkey form linked below by January 5, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Selected participants do not need to be an expert in the GEAR Group topic areas to apply; however, it is critical the topic relates to your current position.   

 

Application link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018GEARGroupapp

 

Time Requirement

The total time commitment for participation in these groups will be determined by each GEAR Group, but will average approximately three hours per month over the six-month period. GEAR Groups will complete six one-hour web conferences per month beginning in February 2018. Time will also be needed for each participant to review articles and research examples of innovative practice, prepare for the calls and complete tasks related to the group’s product. Facilitators and note takers are asked to meet with the NACDD GEAR Group Lead via conference call prior to the web conference they will be facilitating/note taking.

 

GEAR Group Participant Expectations

  1. Prepare for and participate fully in all six web conferences. (Indicate on your application that you have placed a ‘hold’ on the dates/times of the GEAR Groups you are applying for.)
  2. Serve as a facilitator and a note-taker in at least one of the six web conferences. (Facilitators and note takers will participate in a one-hour prep call in advance of the call they will facilitate / take notes)
  3. Be willing to listen, learn, and share experiences within the topic construct.
  4. Assist the group in developing a product and summarized talking points that will be disseminated nationally to states and community partners.
  5. Facilitate building relationships and trust among the group.
  6. Facilitate deeper problem-solving on the topic.
  7. Allow ideas to be vetted by other members.
  8. Complete delegated work between calls.
  9. Be prepared for each discussion.
  10. Complete the GEAR Group evaluations.

 

NACDD GEAR Group Lead Role

  • Coordinate logistics for each GEAR Group.
  • Meet with GEAR Group facilitators and note takers before each web conference to assist with developing the agenda and discussion questions.
  • Connect members to best practices related to the topic area as needed.
  • Provide support and guidance on GEAR Group plans or products for sharing their learning.
  • Ensure all GEAR Group participants complete pre- and post-evaluation questionnaire.

 

2018 GEAR Group Web Conference Schedule – Applicants are encouraged to review individual schedule to ensure availability for the dates/time below for the GEAR Group/s for which you are applying.   

 

GEAR Group 1:  Epidemiology and Evaluation Second Mondays 2:00-3:00p ET.

February 12                                 March 12                                            April 9

May 14                                         June 11                                              July 9

 

GEAR Group 2: Environmental Approaches    Second Mondays 3:30-4:30p ET.

February 12                                   March 12                                          April 9

May 14                                           June 11                                            July 9

 

GEAR Group 3:  Health Systems                       Second Tuesdays 3:30-4:30p ET.

February 13                                    March 13                                         April 10

May 8                                              June 12                                           July 10

 

GEAR Group 4: Community-Clinical Linkages Second Tuesdays 2:00-3:00p ET.

February 13                                    March 13                                         April 10

May 8                                              June 12                                           July 10

 

GEAR Group 5: Health Equity                      Second Wednesdays 2:00-3:00p ET.

February 14                                     March 14                                        April 11

May 9                                              June 13                                           July 11

 

Contact Us

If you have further questions about the GEAR Groups, contact Jennie Hefelfinger by Tuesday January 2, 2018 at jhefelfinger@chronicdisease.org


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