At the beginning of this month Healthier Delray Beach Steering Committee members, Workgroup members, the Project Director, and myself had the opportunity to attend a Collective Impact Conference held by Palm Healthcare Foundation.
What is Collective Impact?
The definition presented to us by the Tamarack Institute is as follows: “A disciplined cross-sector approach to solving complex social and environmental issues on a large scale.”
In HDB’s case, the issue to be focused on is behavioral health – more specifically, the stigma, fear, and lack of access to behavioral health care for our target population and the rest of Delray Beach.
At the conference we participated in multiple activities as a group designed to not only make us think about how Collective Impact works, but also how it works, and is working, in our community. By expanding our understanding of collective impact at all levels of HDB, we stand to better improve our community as a whole.
How can HDB improve our use of Community Impact
A few days following the conference HDB was afforded the opportunity to meet with one of the leaders of the conference privately to discuss how we can use the model presented in our daily work. We talked about engaging and retaining volunteers at all levels of HDB. We also talked about our future with Community Impact and how HDB may mold or change in the coming years. The consultant gave us personalized advice and guidance on how to take the HDB initiative further and make increasingly meaningful impact.
As we move through Year 2 of HDB it’s important that we keep the goals and purpose of collective impact at the forefront of our minds. Keeping our goals in sight ensures that accomplishments won’t be far behind. Thanks to Palm Healthcare Foundation we were able to do just that.