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Healthcare PlexusCall: Teens Take On Health: Solutions for a Healthy America
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3/18/2015
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Teens Take on Health: Solutions for a Healthy America

Guest: Wynne Grossman

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The future of our country’s health belongs to our teens. In 2012, Molina Healthcare and 4-H embarked on a joint initiative, Teens Take On Health: Solutions for a Healthy America. The goal of this initiative was to prepare teens to take ownership of their health, promote healthy living in their families and communities, and become health leaders as they grow into adulthood. Molina and 4-H worked together to encourage teens to think critically about health issues and create viable solutions to help them live balanced, healthy lives.

4-H directed the Teens Take on Health initiative while Molina’s engagement staff teamed with neighborhood schools and teen centers to ensure the participation of low-income youth in each phase of the campaign.

The initiative was implemented in three phases. Teens were asked to:

1. Describe their health concerns through a social media survey campaign

2. Compete to make the best original video demonstrating solutions to health issues

3. Team up in Town Hall Meetings to define the nation’s most significant health issues and design bold new solutions to address their top health concerns

They used a powerful facilitation method called Liberating Structures to keep all participants successfully engaged in the Town Hall Meetings that took place in five states (California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and Utah). Not only did teens get involved, they learned how to plan and run the meetings themselves.

Wynne Grossman of Molina Healthcare will join the call to share what they learned about teens’ health concerns, solutions proposed by teen participants, and what commitments 4-H and Molina have made to support this ongoing work.

Please bring your voice and your own experience to join in this conversation.

Wynne Grossman, MSW, has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing and directing innovative health programs. She is currently a consultant to Molina Healthcare, a Long Beach, CA based company that provides quality health services to financially vulnerable families and individuals covered by government programs. Molina Healthcare has health plans, medical clinics and a health information management solution. As Project Management Director at Molina, Ms. Grossman directed national partnerships with non-profit organizations, including the 4H National Council. Their joint initiative, Teens Take on Health: Solutions for a Healthier America, was intended to prepare teens to take ownership of their health, promote healthy living in their families and communities, and become health leaders as they grow into adulthood.

Prior to joining Molina, Ms. Grossman was the Executive Director of the Center for Oral Health, where she grew the organization into a nationally recognized leader in oral health. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Valeo Initiative and the Director of Research and Development for the Health Forum. Ms. Grossman received her BA from the Pennsylvania State University and her MSW from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

View Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1MHsFHmd7I&feature=youtu.be

 

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