Building Equity into Your Network of Partners

Increasingly, partnerships among multi-sector organizations working to improve health are taking the form of networks. Networks are a way for people and organizations to come together to find solutions to complex problems. To create the kinds of communities where everyone has can be healthy requires a shared commitment to ensuring fair and just access to opportunities. So how can you create intentional partnerships that uphold the values, practices, and systems that support equity?

In this webinar, we will explore the basics of network science, answering these questions:
• What is a network?
• How do they operate?
• What role do they play in health improvement?
• How do you lead with equity in a network environment?

Abby Charles from the Institute for Public Health Innovation will talk about networked way of working and guide us in identifying strategies to ensure that your network operates with an equity lens. You will learn how to engage others in collaborative experiences that are diverse, inclusive, engaged, and committed to equity. We will share tools to help your partners begin takings steps with this critical process. Come to this webinar ready to learn and reflect on the networks to which you belong. Leave the webinar ready to reimagine what your networks could look like and the impact they can have when fairness and justice are key values.

Optional: Consider watching Introduction to Network Science by our partners, Visible Network Labs. This 20-miunte video provides a foundation for the theories behind network science.
Link: https://visiblenetworklabs.com/network-science-101/

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a one-hour interactive virtual discussion at 4pm ET, immediately following the webinar. We encourage you to participate in an engaging dialogue with peers across the country to share your experiences and your thoughts on how the strategies shared during the webinar may support work in your community.