Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (GEAR) Groups​

GEAR Groups are peer-to-peer, case-based, action learning opportunities for state, territorial, and tribal chronic disease professionals. They are offered periodically and designed to catalyze planning for longer-term state-level action. Participants can expand knowledge of pressing topics, develop leadership skills, and network with other public health professionals at state health departments.

About GEAR Groups

GEAR Groups use a virtual “All Teach / All Learn” approach to professional development. Using Zoom, GEAR Groups engage up to 10 states with a facilitator and strategist to explore emerging or long-standing chronic disease prevention and control topics. GEAR Groups meet four times: once a week for 90 minutes each. Meetings are facilitated conversations among participants requiring preparation and active participation. The sessions are educational webinars that are not recorded.

“The GEAR Group experience is of course a great opportunity to learn about and from other states and their work. More than that, however, it is an exciting environment in which to drive each other to push the thought and action boundaries. Having dedicated time and atmosphere in which to do some critical thinking is invaluable.”
Jennica Allen, MPH
Community Health Planning and Engagement Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

GEAR Group Resources and References

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