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When: Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Liberating Structures Workshop

Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, October 17, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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This workshop will introduce participants to a portfolio of interaction methods designed to engage staff in innovative problem solving around quality improvement and change initiatives. Liberating Structures include more than three dozen easy-to-learn, adaptable, open source methods that make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together, and thus how they address issues, solve problems and develop opportunities. These methods have been used in health care organizations to engage staff in working on a wide range of problems such as reducing infection transmission, improving communication between staff in different roles, and making change initiatives work where adaptive change is needed.

After attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Use 5-6 new "liberating structures” methods to engage colleagues in innovative problem solving.
  2. Discuss key elements that create the conditions for successful engagement and a vocabulary to help them communicate with staff and team members.
  3. Develop an action–plan for immediate application of new methods for an upcoming meeting for which they have responsibility.
  4. Use the step-by-step instructions from the reference workbook to introduce the methods experienced in the workshop along with many additional variations.

Dr. Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, President, Plexus Institute

After graduating from Clark University in Worcester, MA, Jeff earned his MD degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed residency in internal medicine at Einstein, and fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at Emory University in Atlanta and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. In 2005 he earned a masters degreein health care management, a program designed for physician leaders, from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a practicing hematologist/oncologist, and for a time was involved in clinical research, representing community oncologists in the development of new clinical trials for patients with lymphoma.

At Einstein, Jeff became the first Chief Quality Officer for the network. During his tenure in that position, Einstein won two successive awards for quality from the Premier healthcare alliance, a network of over 2,500 hospitals in the US. He created and implemented the hospital’s palliative care program and continues to have a passion for enhancing the quality of care at the end of life. He led Einstein’s early work in implementing CUSP, the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program. He learned the model working under Peter Pronovost, MD, medical director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, and got Einstein involved in the CUSP learning network started by Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Lisa Kimball, PhD, Chair, Learning Programs, Plexus Institute

Lisa Kimball founded Group Jazz in 2000 to produce high engagement experiences for purposeful groups and organizations. She serves as a senior consultant on projects and initiatives to develop and apply methodologies to engage stakeholders in large-scale change efforts for groups — teams, communities, task forces, organizations. Lisa is certified as a professional facilitator and has deep experience using a wide range ofengagement processes including Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, and Dialogue.She pioneered the development of "liberating structures” – a portfolio of interaction methodologies designed to change the conversation about significant challenges. For the past ten years, Dr. Kimball has worked with Plexus Institute, a non-profit social enterprise that applies ideas emerging from the science of complexity to complex problems such as the reduction of infection transmissions in hospitals, drop-out rates in schools, corporate change management initiatives, and quality improvement. Recent projects have included developing senior leadership program for the US Army, working the government of the Yukon Territories on customer service, designing and facilitating large-scale meetings for organizations such as IBM and Merck, and introducing liberating structures methodologies to the Center for Creative Leadership. Dr. Kimball received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, her MAT from Wesleyan University in Social Science, and her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of American in Educational Psychology.

University of Kansas School of Nursing will award contact hours for successful completion of all continuing education activities. In order to receive continuing education credit, participants must sign in the day of the activity, complete all course requirements including program evaluations, and attend at least 85% of live activities.

Nurses: Up to 6.25 contact hours can be earned during the Liberating Structures Workshop. The number of contact hours awarded will be based onthe number of sessions you attend and verify on your certificate of attendance.

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