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Return to In-Person Meetings? Take our Survey by 7/23!
Jackson Collaborative Network meetings and events have been completely virtual since March of 2020. Vaccinations are continuing to increase and COVID-19 cases continue to decline, which has resulted in the lifting of restrictions on in person gatherings.
 
Relationships and connections are critical to the success of collaborative work. We’ve learned a lot about a variety of platforms and technology solutions that support group work in virtual settings and will continue to leverage these tools as we move forward. We are also looking forward to adding some in person opportunities in the weeks and months to come. 

This survey is meant to gather input from our partners on the format of future Network meetings and events. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and all answers are private and confidential. The deadline for the survey is Friday, July 23 -- if you have any questions, please 
contact Traci at tfische1@hfhs.org if you have any questions. ▪
ABLe Change Framework

The ABLe Change Framework was developed by Michigan State University researchers Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman and Dr. Erin Watson. ABLE (Above the Line, Below the Line) Change is a framework for system change that includes specific principles, practices, and tools, resulting in changes that create improved community conditions. The framework is built around six “simple rules”:

  1. Think systemically
  2. Engage diverse perspectives
  3. Incubate change
  4. Implement change effectively
  5. Adapt quickly
  6. Pursue social justice

It is designed to be dynamic and adaptive to meet the needs of local communities, providing collaborations with flexibility to affectively address problems and create change. We apply the ABLe Change Framework throughout the network, and our consultants are available to provide free, one-on-one coaching to assist partners in applying this (and other) frameworks to their work. 

Want to learn more? Visit the Network library to view two helpful documents that go into the framework a bit more in-depth -- Tools and Resources for Community Systems Change and the ABLe Change Agent Field Guide 2020. ▪
Help us reach Jackson County Residents!
The Network is making one last push to collect resident feedback through the 2021 Jackson County Community Assessment phone survey! Please help us by sharing this newsletter, printing and posting the survey flyer {JCN Flyer Final_V2.pdf), and sending direct messages to your audience letting them know about the survey and to take the call if they receive it.

As a reminder, residents who receive a call and complete the survey can have their name entered into a drawing to win one of ten $50 Visa gift cards or one of five $100 Visa gift cards! 
Thank you for helping us spread the word. ▪
Every Community Can Tackle Systemic Racism
What does it take to overcome systemic racism and become a community where race is not a predictor of success? An assistant county administrator for Broward County (FL) shares the steps her community is taking to transform vision into reality in this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Do you have any resources to share related to equity and anti-racism? To share your thoughts for future newsletters, please send it via email to tfische1@hfhs.org.
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