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Perspectives (October 2015)

Sara Merz, Director

Sara Merz, Director

Together we can do so much more than we can do individually within our own organizations. That’s the foundation of AHA’s collaborative structure, and it’s also the thinking behind collective impact. On October 29, Robert Albright, a nationally recognized collective impact expert, will address factors for success and challenges, and sustaining momentum with collective impact with regard to health in Wake County. Then AHA and the other lead organizations on Healthiest Capital County Initiative (HCCI) will hold break-out sessions. HCCI team leads are:

I’m honored to join the directors of these organizations, along with Wake County Human Services Director Regina Petteway and lead staff, as well as John Rex Endowment, on the HCCI Steering Committee. We are working to offer even more opportunities for engagement, both for those already involved in our work and those new to it.

AHA was so pleased to host a conversation at the end of August on “Health in All Policies,” and we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve gotten from many of the over-100 participants. We are working to integrate this into our existing work groups, and are considering adding a work group specifically focused on Health in All Policies.

Stay tuned. If you are reading this, you’re “at the table,” so thank you. Please continue to share information with others in your organization and your network.



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