Our traditional healthcare model is good at treating illness and disability, but it is estimated that only 20% of health is determined by clinical healthcare. About half is determined by social, economic, and environmental factors such as education, employment, family/social support, housing, and food availability. If you want to learn more about how health systems, public agencies, employers, unions and community organizations are working to address these underlying issues and their impact on health, you are invited to a roundtable the Labor Management Project is co-hosting next month.

The meeting is held once a year by the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative. Attendees, who are a mix of practitioners and scholars, learn about relational coordination, a way of understanding and supporting the communication and relationships that are needed to achieve desired outcomes. Shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect are key elements of successful relational coordination.

This year’s roundtable, Healthy and Thriving Workplaces and Communities – The Role of Relational Coordination,  will focus on how organizations can work together to build healthy communities and workplaces. Expert speakers and facilitators from around the world will include Jody Hoffer Gittell (pictured above), a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and founder of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative. They will speak or lead conversations about issues such as Building Relational Coordination Across Boundaries of Race, Gender and Profession; Supporting Relational Coordination and Coproduction with Information Systems; Transforming Primary and Community Based Care; and Transforming Hospital and Emergency Care.

The roundtable will take place on October 15 and 16. Hosts include the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management), the Labor Management Project, New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations. Visit this page to learn more or register.

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