The Pathway’s second phase is characterized by leaders of key regional institutions building an enduring collaboration around shared goals that cannot be achieved by any single organization acting alone. The critical features of the Engage Phase that distinguish it from the Campaign Phase are:
In this second phase, members of the collaboration identify and launch experiments and initiatives together, coordinating resources to anchor their efforts, even if it is primarily a forum for group dialogue.
Although leaders of an Engage Phase effort may define the collaboration’s purpose as solving a particular problem for residents of the region, their joint initiatives ideally will lay the foundation for a broader scope of work going forward. Often, these collaborations become actual entities, hiring staff and investing in the creation of a shared infrastructure that makes joint initiatives across separate organizations possible—for example, systems for sharing data across institutions to solve a systemic problem.
There are many ongoing collaborative efforts that promote health and provide care in regions around the U.S. that sit squarely and successfully in Phase 2. One example is the ReThink Health-Upper Connecticut River Valley stewardship group in Vermont and New Hampshire. It represents regional employers, the social service sector, members of the Upper Valley community, Dartmouth College, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and has the ultimate goal of building a healthy and sustainable local economy. Together, the group’s members have worked to develop a long-term stewardship structure, even securing a permanent office and key staff to enable ongoing collaboration.
The ability of Phase 2 efforts to progress to Phase 3, the Align Phase, on the Pathway, however, depends on whether those involved have both the authority and capacity to commit their organizations to additional joint work. Transition to Phase 3 also depends on whether leaders are actively building trust rooted in shared values and aspirations as well as developing the capacity to identify a bolder, broader vision for a radically better, financially sustainable system that will help people lead healthier lives and access better, more affordable care where and when they need it.
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Upper Connecticut River Valley