The CHIP June 6 & 7, 2012 Event titled NAVIGATING COMPLEX CHANGE: Creating Continuity in Health Care Emergency Response and Recovery, the event agenda was developed by the Colorado Council for Health Integrated Preparedness (CHIP) in alignment with the purpose of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS); “to refocus the patchwork of disparate preparedness, response, and recovery strategies in order to ensure comprehensive and integrated response and recovery,” and in support of the Center’s goals.
The agenda for the two-day facilitated event focused on generating discussion among the event’s participants; key stakeholders and decision makers from the Health and Medical sectors, along with other public and private sector players, focused on ideas around the strategic alignment of disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts.
Facilitation Methodology Overview - The Facilitation Process
The facilitators’ approach to Strategic Alignment provided training in critical areas as:
The purpose was to enable the attendees to have “Breakthrough Results” based on granted and earned trust, and to help generate trust between individuals and groups coming from non-aligned sectors, organizations, and backgrounds. The process used encouraged accountability and responsibility on the part of the participants to create a shared vision.
Three-hundred and seventy sticky notes were collected from the two-day event, generated by the participants’ interactions, with the majority of participants verbally reporting that they felt engaged by the process.
Two projects were decided upon as doable and foundational; that participants could support and felt were aligned with the overall aims of the event.
Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF8) Steering Committee:
A project to deliver a working ESF8 Steering Committee by January 2013, that will be tasked with serving as a State Level entity with the responsibility for guiding workgroups addressing the issues that affect and impede the effective and efficient collaboration and integration efforts of ESF8 entities. It was noted that by creating a steering committee: scope creep, intelligence sharing, and a reduction of duplicate meetings and redundant efforts (some of the most common issues brought up during the morning session) would be addressed.
ESF8 Segment of CONNECT Colorado:
A project to deliver a fully populated and utilized ESF8 segment of the CONNECT Colorado database by December 31, 2012. It was noted that use of CONNECT Colorado would help with reducing waste, and provide a better sense of resources for more effective planning and preparedness.