UNCW to Host Fall Health Transformation Lecture on Collective Impact as an Agent for Change

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Fall Health Transformation Lecture will be delivered Wednesday, Oct. 2 on the topic “The Promise of Collective Impact” by Robert Albright, director of programs for the Collective Impact Forum. The lecture is part of the Health Transformation Series, hosted by the UNCW College of Health and Human Services and the CHHS-based Center for Healthy Communities. 

Collective impact is a structured form of collaboration for social change that begins with a common agenda. Participants from different community sectors agree on a common measurement of success, which enables each organization to track its progress in the same way. This type of collaboration is ideal for complex social issues and relies on a collective approach to break down inefficient “silos” that can be barriers to change. The approach has been used to effect change in education, health care and environmental settings, among others. 

Albright’s lecture will focus on how collective impact differs from other forms of collaboration, how communities are using it to achieve results and how to determine community readiness for collective impact. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Burney Center at 7 p.m. Registration is recommended but not required. 

In addition to CHHS and the Center for Healthy Communities, sponsors include Brunswick Community College, Cape Fear Community College and SEAHEC. 

The Health Transformation Lecture Series began in 2013 to bring community leaders to campus to discuss important health-related issues. 

-- Tricia Vance