Here are some examples of collaborative meetings, events and initiatives we have led in public health, environmental health, faith-based communities and personal transformation
Infectious waste regulators meeting
Developed a collaborative online space for regulators from several states to prepare for a two day meeting on infectious waste treatment. Designed and facilitated highly interactive activities, including a timeline icebreaker, rapid updates, and small group and large group discussions. Participants successfully assessed the status (past, present, future), summarized the technologies and challenges of treating infectious waste in the US, and scoped out a plan for moving forward.
Co-created and co-facilitated a one-day workshop to introduce employees of a healthcare provider to integral facilitation and apply it to their daily work. Presented workshop sessions designed to 1) identify and overcome fears about facilitation by practicing skills for staying present and aware, 2) practice effective processes for group collaboration and innovation, 3) foster safety and respect within groups, 4) minimize disruptive behaviors in meetings, 5) use Four-Quadrant Inquiry as a diagnostic tool and 6) practice skills in a safe environment.
National workshop on highly infectious waste
Designed and facilitated breakout room processes for a one-day national workshop on managing highly pathogenic waste (e.g., from Ebola). The workshop was attended by a wide variety of stakeholders, including local and state departments of health, federal agencies, educational institutions, state legislators, environmental agencies, waste vendors, the military, faith-based organizations and the general public. All participants shared their perspectives and concerns, the facilitators aggregated the input and the entire group reached general agreement on what ought to be done before the next major disease outbreak. The final report, Managing Highly Pathogenic Medical Waste: Finding a Way Forward, is posted on the Maryland Department of Health's website.
Pharmaceutical Waste Working Group
Co-chaired a multi-stakeholder group for 7 of 10 years as a member. The group aimed to reduce the impact of pharmaceutical waste on Wisconsin’s environment and communities. Guided the group to successfully support the collection of pharmaceutical waste, educate the public and influence public policies regarding the management of unused pharmaceuticals from homes and businesses, despite the group not having any authority or budget.
Hazardous Waste Inspectors training
Designed a two-day training for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff in collaboration with Gundersen Health in LaCrosse regarding hazardous waste inspections in healthcare facilities. On Day 1, hospital staff showed DNR how their departments created and managed wastes. On Day 2, DNR staff did a mock inspection of the hospital. All participants gathered later to discuss what they learned and how they might work more collaboratively in the future.
Co-founded Wisconsin Healthcare for a Healthy Environment (WH2E) and served its steering committee. Designed and led multiple one-day interactive workshops to encourage collaboration among healthcare facilities, vendors, academia and regulatory agencies on environmental topics such as mercury, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste, infectious waste, recycling and pollution prevention. Organized and led panel discussions, problem-solving small groups and networking activities during each workshop.
Government agency integration
Facilitated an activity to gather staff ideas about how to integrate three regulatory programs within a division of a state agency. Chaired a small team of volunteers for 6 years to implement the best idea: to offer informal noon-time social events at least monthly to help staff get to know one another. For example, staff shared work projects, hobbies, travel pictures, potlucks and perspectives on hot topics. The events enabled staff to meet and know colleagues, to practice presentation skills and to educate one another about cross-program issues within the division. The social events also provided continuity during and after a major staff reorganization in 2015.
Co-created a one-day retreat for a small but growing church with the intention of building relationships and a sense of community. Using the metaphor of the church as a circus, facilitated the approximately 40 attendees to explore topics of trust, interdependence, purpose, culture, acceptance, safety and care.
Support group in county jail
Co-founded a support group for women in a medium security county Jail. Supervised a team of volunteer meeting leaders. Recruited and screened over 30 volunteers over the first three years. Coordinated the group's activities with the jail staff. Facilitated meetings in the jail approximately once a month for seven years.
Art and conversation workshop
In collaboration with a local intuitive artist, co-created and co-led a 6 hour workshop designed to allow the inner self to speak through journaling, conversation and painting.