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Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (GEAR) Groups

Application for 2017 available now! Click here to complete.

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

 

 

Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (GEAR) Groups are part of a professional development and leadership program at NACDD to provide learning incubators on various crosscutting topics of interest to further advance leadership, mentoring and expand opportunities for networking with other public health professionals at state health departments. GEAR Groups differ from communities of practice in that the GEAR Groups will develop a product that will help to advance the field of public health not only in the participating states but also the rest of the states. NACDD completed five GEAR Groups in 2016—information about those topic areas and their products can be found here

 

There are five GEAR Groups being offered for 2017 (see descriptions below). These topics have been developed by NACDD members and are aligned with the CDC’s Four Domains and board strategic priorities--leadership and management skills in state public health, partnering with health care, and explaining data, evidence and value. Membership in the GEAR Groups is limited to the first 9 - 11 applicants who qualify for participation (see participation expectations below). Membership is limited in order to build trust and rapport among the members and provide all with an opportunity to be a full-fledged participant of the GEAR Group. You do not need to be an expert in the GEAR Group topic areas to apply for participation; however, having some interest in and relationship to your current position is critical.  

 

Time Requirement and Timeline

The GEAR Groups will provide six hours of in-depth learning over the next six months (one hour per month) beginning in February 2017. There may also be review time required prior to each call to complete tasks and prepare for the calls.  This will be determined by each group.

  • December 15, 3-4p ET: optional informational call
  • January 6: applications are due
  • Week of January 23: participants are notified 
  • February 6, 2-3p ET: required orientation call
  • Week of February 13: GEAR Groups begin
  • Week of July 10: GEAR Groups conclude

 

GEAR Group Call Schedule (Click here to learn more about each of the GEAR Groups.)

 

GEAR Group 1: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Data and Surveillance. Mon 2-3p ET.

February 13                                                     March 13                                            April 10

May 8                                                              June 12                                                July 10

 

GEAR Group 2: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Environmental Approaches. Mon 3-4p ET.

February 13                                                     March 13                                            April 10

May 8                                                              June 12                                                July 10

 

GEAR Group 3: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Health Systems. Tues 3-4p ET.

February 14                                                     March 14                                            April 11

May 9                                                              June 13                                                July 11

 

GEAR Group 4: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Community-Clinical Linkages. Tues 2-3p ET.

February 14                                                     March 14                                            April 11

May 9                                                              June 13                                                July 11

 

GEAR Group 5: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Health Equity. Wed 2-3p ET.

February 15                                                     March 15                                            April 12

May 10                                                            June 14                                                July 12

 

Orientation Call

An orientation call is scheduled for February 6, 2-3p ET.  Call-in information will be shared upon notification of selection. This call is a required component of this program. 

 

Purpose

Building on the success of the 2016 GEAR Groups, NACDD will facilitate problem solving and peer-to-peer sharing and learning opportunities through the implementation of GEAR Groups that focus on crosscutting issues across the four CDC Domains and health equity. GEAR Groups will provide opportunities for members to share best practices with each other on program implementation and integration.

 

Technology Requirement

GEAR Groups will be implemented using Adobe Connect, a web conferencing platform, to support relationship building and networking. A webcam will be provided by NACDD to participants who do not already have one attached to their computer. These calls will be arranged by the NACDD GEAR Group Leads.

 

Membership Benefits for Participation

Individuals who participate can expect to: 

  • Gain access to subject matter experts who may be able to help focus and articulate developing ideas
  • Participate in learning and development events and activities
  • Network with peers and increase his/her interaction among those peers
  • Enhance leadership skills

Organizations also benefit when their representatives participate in a GEAR Group as a way to:

  • Improve public health practices in their health department
  • Increase employee efficiency, in terms of time and cost in retrieving information 
  • Engage in moving forward the national dialogue in this effort 
  • Enhance your organization’s reputation as a contributor in building new capacity for this work

 

Membership Expectations

  • NACDD will provide coordination for each GEAR Group
  • GEAR Group participants will rotate leading a discussion during one of the six sessions and will also rotate note taking using a template designed and provided by NACDD
  • The discussion leader will facilitate the question/discussion portion of the session 

 

Team Product Development

GEAR Groups will develop a product as an output of the group. Products may include issue briefs, success stories, case studies, an Impact Brief article, or other products that will be used to support states in their implementation of activities. NACDD will provide support and guidance to the members in the development of the product, but these will be developed under the guidance and direction of the participants. The focus of the six monthly calls will be on exploring the topic area; product development will occur in-between calls.

 

 

GEAR Group Participant Expectations

  1. Show evidence that your chronic disease or health promotion director approves your application to participate on a GEAR Group; this can be done on the GEAR Group application.
  2. Participate fully in all six calls. Indicate on your application that you have placed a ‘hold’ on the dates/times of the GEAR Groups you are applying for.
  3. Use Adobe Connect for greater peer networking opportunities.
  4. Lead one of the six sessions as either a facilitator or as a note-taker, or both.
  5. Be willing to listen, learn and share experiences within the topic construct.
  6. Assist the group in developing a product that will be disseminated to states and or communities as well as partners.
  7. Facilitate in building relationships and trust among the group.
  8. Facilitate deeper problem-solving on the topic.
  9. Allow ideas to be vetted by other members.
  10. Complete delegated work between calls and be prepared for each discussion.
  11. Participate in GEAR Group evaluations.
  12. Present at the NACDD Chronic Disease Academy September 2017 (note: travel expenses will be offered through a competitive scholarship process for selected GEAR Group presenters).

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