As you build your partnership, it is important that everyone have a shared understanding of the context for the partnership’s work. To accomplish this start to develop a common knowledge base and common language. For example, plan sessions for the full partnership to help build a common understanding of the issue you’re addressing and the potential strategies to address it. Establish guidelines for communication, such as spelling out acronyms and avoiding potentially confusing jargon.
Explore the County Health Rankings model to learn more about the multiple factors that impact health. You can also learn more about policy and systems change approaches and the value of a multi-sector approach by viewing County Health Rankings & Roadmaps webinars. Reviewing A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health together can provide a common understanding of the social determinants of health as well as give your partnership some common language to use.