2019 GEAR Group Opportunities

2019 GEAR Group Opportunities

NACDD invites state chronic disease practitioners to participate in one or more of the five 2019 GEAR Groups. GEAR Groups are NACDD’s case-based, peer-to-peer learning opportunity designed to catalyze planning for longer term state level action. This year, GEAR Groups will use the University of New Mexico’s ECHO model™ – a virtual, “all teach / all learn” approach to professional development.

Participants will advance their leadership and management skills while contributing to the collective effort to advance health equity by addressing one or more of the following upstream factors to chronic disease: housing, education, racism, adverse childhood experiences, and the built environment. GEAR Groups, each with up to 12 members, will explore their topic through readings, case presentations, short didactic presentations, and active discussions over the course of four 90-minute video conferences. A Subject Matter Expert will guide each discussion that will explore areas such as partnerships, promising interventions or policies, data, and evaluation.

GEAR Group Member Expectations
GEAR Group members will have the opportunity to boost efforts in their state to address upstream factors by applying lessons learned to their state context. To maximize impact of this short-term, small group opportunity GEAR Group members have the following expectations.

    1. 1.Prepare for and actively participate in all four web conferences on camera using the ZOOM platform.
      2.Prepare and present a 5-minute case example. This can pertain to something your state is working on already or something under consideration related to the GEAR Group topic. It offers an opportunity to gather wisdom, feedback, and guidance from peers and a subject matter expert on current or planned efforts.
      3.Complete reading material in advance of GEAR Group sessions. (These will be short articles related to the topic and or leadership and management)
      4.Be willing to listen, reflect, learn, and share thoughts and experiences relevant to the topic during and between web conferences.
      5.Facilitate building relationships and trust among the group members.
      6.Share lessons learned and resources gained through the GEAR Groups with colleagues in your state.
      7.Complete the GEAR Group evaluation questionnaires after the series and again six months later.

GEAR Group Overview and Meeting Dates
The 2019 GEAR Group topics and meeting dates are below.
1.Housing Access: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to increase access to safe and healthy housing.

  • Mon, June 10, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, June 17, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, June 24, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Wed, June 26, 2019 – 3pm EST

2.Education and Health: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to increase access to education and ensure safe and healthy environments within educational settings. Potential topics may include school readiness, early childhood education, social and emotional learning supports, absenteeism and dropout prevention, and school discipline policy and practice. 

  • Thurs, June 13, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Thurs, June 20, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Tues, June 25, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Thurs, June 27, 2019 – 3pm EST

3.Race/Ethnicity and Racism: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to promote health equity by acknowledging and working to address the role of racism in systems and institutions.

  • Mon, July 8, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, July 15, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, July 22, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, July 29, 2019 – 3pm EST

4.Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to connect chronic disease prevention with prevention of adverse childhood experiences.

  • Mon, Aug 5, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, Aug 19, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Mon, Aug 26, 2019 – 3pm EST

5.Building Inclusive Neighborhoods: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to increase access to safe, healthy, and inclusive communities that make it possible for people of ALL abilities, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to thrive.

  • Tues, Sept 3, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Tues, Sept 10, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Tues, Sept 17, 2019 – 3pm EST
  • Tues, Sept 24, 2019 – 3pm EST

Participation in each GEAR Group is limited to 12 state chronic disease practitioners. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Individuals may participate in more than one group if space is available. Click the link(s) below to register for the GEAR Group(s) you are interested in.

  1. Housing Access GEAR Group
  2. Education and Health GEAR Group
  3. Leading with Race GEAR Group
  4. Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences GEAR Group
  5. Building Inclusive Communities GEAR Group

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