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Healthcare PlexusCall: Community Mobilization
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2/18/2015
When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Community Mobilization: A Necessary Strategy for Addressing Critical Health Problems

Guests: Lou Giancola, Cindy Wyman and Tom Bigda-Peyton

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Many factors affecting health are found beyond the walls, and beyond the scope, of hospitals and clinics. Lou Giancola, CEO of South County Hospital in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and Cindy Wyman, AVP of Market Development, teamed up with Tom Bigda-Peyton of Second Curve Systems with the intent of mobilizing the community toward a fuller realization of the hospital’s mission: "to promote the health and well-being of the community we serve.” This goes beyond community health needs assessment or community engagement. It involves an active citizenry, inspired by the hospital, to work on needs that might otherwise go unfunded (such as behavioral and mental health services for at-risk children and families) or unnoticed (such as prevention services and creating healthy environments for adults). It entails aiming for collective impact among multiple entities, building new forms of collaboration and funding strategies, and creating a backbone organization that can advocate for new policies and inspire concerned citizens to partner with the healthcare delivery system along with clinics, schools, provider networks, and related social service agencies.

Lou, Cindy and Tom will join the call to share the story of how members of the southern Rhode Island community have formed a collective impact initiative and are beginning to address a range of needs from prevention to policy change to environmental shifts, including healthy eating, positive parenting, life skills for children, and addressing root causes of poverty. Please join the call to learn about this project and share your own experiences.

Lou Giancola has been CEO of the South County Hospital Healthcare System since 2000. He has been COO of other major healthcare organizations, including Lahey Clinic and Women and Infants Hospital. Lou is passionate about proactively serving the healthcare needs of the community, and on building commitment from all stakeholders to quality and patient safety.

Cindy Wyman is AVP of Planning and Market Development for the South County Hospital Healthcare System. Cindy is deeply committed to addressing the social determinants of community health (such as poverty) and has facilitated the development of a collective impact grant to fund the community mobilization project.

Thomas Bigda-Peyton, EdD, is a consultant, researcher, and educator working across high-consequence industries such as aviation, healthcare, and workplace safety. As a practitioner-researcher for 25 years, and currently as President of Action Learning Systems in Boston, he has focused on widening and accelerating the pace of improvement in individual, organizational, and large-system change initiatives. Tom works on collective impact initiatives, innovation projects in patient safety and quality, and helping leaders and teams solve complex, persistent problems.

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