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First Affinity Group to Launch Next Week
"Lack of Trust Between Community Members and Providers" to be Addressed
On June 16, all are invited to take part in the launch of Jackson Collaborative Network's first Affinity Group. This is an exciting time for the Network -- partners have been asking for a way to collaborate directly with others working on a common root cause(s), and it's all coming together at next Wednesday's Learning Convening. 

The first Affinity Group will focus on the "lack of trust between community members and providers."  During the convening, we will explore:
  • Group names
  • The definition of “trust” and our community’s experience with it
  • Who should attend these groups? Is there anyone missing?
  • Defining and exploring strategies to align partner work on the "trust" root cause
  • Next steps and the scheduling of future meetings
Please forward this information on to anyone working on addressing trust in our community and give them the opportunity to be included in these meetings. To register prior to the event and receive a calendar invite, click here or just attend the event day of here. QUESTIONS? Please contact Aimee Fors ( or Sarah Williams ( ▪

What is Human-Centered Design?

Human-centered design is an approach to problem solving that develops solutions to problems utilizing the human perspective throughout every step of the problem-solving process. It's a core framework that the Network applies on a regular basis, helping our partners create and improve upon services and experiences to better the lives of those within the Jackson community.

According to, the process begins with getting to know the people who you're designing for. Without them, how would we know what to design, how it should work, or why it matters? Check out this video for a quick overview of human-centered design and why it's a critical part of the Network.

We'll be covering more information on the Network's core frameworks and methods in future newsletters. ▪

Network Facebook Page Surpasses 100 Likes!

Sending out a big "THANK YOU!" to everyone who has liked, followed, and interacted with our Facebook page since we launched last year. We'll continue to provide you with valuable community news and important network information, but would love to further grow our audience in the process. Please share the Network Facebook page with others and encourage them to like and follow us. Let's expand the Network's reach and continue our journey to create a community where all Jackson County residents are safe, healthy, and thriving! ▪
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