On Election Day, we know painfully well that Politics is often referred to as the art of the possible. But politicians, just like Board Chairpersons, need a vision to guide their policies and bridge-building among diverse stakeholders.
The key visionary concept this year must be bridge-building. How can we reach out to others that have different views and experiences than ours to find common ground for the most good for the most people?
For those of us dedicated to smarter, stronger and more sustainable health systems, we can find provocative ideas for bridge building in the recent work of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “The Culture of Health”
San Diego’s bold partnerships in their Live Well San Diego should also be followed by board leaders to explore fresh ways to embrace and master the Social Determinants of Health, see:
All of these initiatives, however, will call for us all to break through old ways of thinking, and be prepared to make more investments in community health and poverty reduction than in our medical equipment arms race. Look at the many ways that the Foster McGaw Award winners are building bridges to their communities, see:
Vote for community leaders who are boundary spanners, reaching across party, racial, ethnic, age and income lines to do “Collaborative Governance” that yields board work that is SMART…Stakeholder engaged. Mission driven. Accountable to those we serve. Resource mobilized. Transparency expected. To see our White Paper on Collaborative Governance, see: