Unwinding the Healthcare Association Conference
Kristi has already covered some great content.
I want to flag the session from Shaun Flynn of NYSNA on triaging advocacy issues as one that was particularly great for me. I'm in a cultural tug-of-war with a colleague about process vs. output. I appreciated Shaun's discussion of creating a volunteer-owned process for setting issue priorities, articulating them, and understanding and communicating multi-year strategies for specific goals. He suggested offering tools for members to get them involved on issues that need attention but aren't highest priority. Most important, to me, was the notion that failures need to be discussed with members as much as successes. Finding smaller wins to build momentum and ease issue fatigue among your membership can help sustain you through multi-year fights on bigger issues.
Also amazing (and risky!) the suggestion to identify long-sacred fights to walk away from. For them, they let go of chasing every single scope-of-practice issue, which in turn opened them up for collaboration on other issues with groups who might not have talked to them before. A great example of how figuring out what's on your "stop-doing" list is almost more important than creating a "to-do" list.
As for the social media sessions - a two-part piece that I thought was just great, it was so nice to hear a reasoned discussion of the pros/cons, caveats, all that - with a much clearer sense of how to make sense of all that when I land in Oregon on Wednesday.
Great job, ASAE staff and healthcare community committee, for assembling this program. It was worth absolutely every penny to me.
[edited twice because, apparently, I can't remember how to do anything I do less than quarterly. Sorry, readers.]
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