Resourcing Community Ideas Regionally

RESOURCING COMMUNITY IDEAS REGIONALLY

HHS Regional Operating and Staff Divisions are organizationally separate but have many intersecting programs, priorities, and stakeholders in their area. Problems in simple coordination among staff across divisions results in inefficiencies and plenty of room for improved collaboration. This Philadelphia-based team will pilot various communication platforms and processes to improve communication and stay better connected to their efforts and stakeholder needs.

TEAM MEMBERS
Jean Bennett (Project Lead), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Kathleen (Kate) Ogden, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Dalton Paxman, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Andrew De Los Reyes, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Alyson Ferguson, Scattergood Foundation

PROJECT LEAD’S SUPERVISOR
Anne Herron, Director, Division of Policy Liaison, SAMHSA

TECHNICAL ADVISOR
Stephanie Bardack, Program Manager, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

BACKGROUND
HHS Ignite is an “incubator for new ideas” run out of the HHS IDEA Lab. Selected teams are introduced to startup methodologies for problem identification and project implementation. In the entrepreneurial spirit, Ignite projects are iterative, their impacts measurable, and their solutions scalable. This is one of 11 projects in Ignite’s second round which began on June 9, 2014 and goes until mid-September 2014.

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