Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) invited me for the third time to facilitate a breakout session at their third Blueprint Meeting. I not only love working with the CHMI team, but it is inspiring meeting local public health stakeholders, experts and advocates. I have had the opportunity to facilitate this process in both Coachella Valley CA and Little Rock AR prior to facilitating Houston's Blueprint Meeting.
"The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and wellbeing of all people by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. The goals of CHMI are to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, close health inequity and disparity gaps, and reduce health care costs by improving access to key contributors to health for all people." -Clinton Health Matters Initiative
The Blueprint meetings are essentially a way to kick off the Initiative locally and spend the rest of the day in working sessions. 9 content area break-outs occur and local stakeholders from those content areas are invited to participate in a day-long process to determine 5 bold action steps that will be implemented within that content area within the next 5 years. The CHMI Regional Director, a local person hired to lead the communities CHMI efforts over the next 5 years reviews the work from the 9 break-outs and develops the local 5 year Blueprint for Action. The final Blueprint product in Palm Springs, Little Rock and Houston (and soon, Jacksonville FL) are all incredibly different since each community has it's own unique needs and expertise. The Clinton Foundation is the convener for the Blueprint meetings, however the Blueprint itself is created and implemented by the local community.
As a facilitator of a break-out, I've thoroughly enjoyed all three Blueprint meetings. Great work CHMI and I'm looking forward to Jacksonville FL coming up in a couple of weeks!