What to Know Before You Go: Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Institute

By David Richards posted 07-11-2018 10:09


This year’s HC&CC Institute in Nashville is just days away! The Institute, like its predecessors, is an opportunity for HC50 finalists to learn from subject matter experts and share experiences with their peers. Being the final Institute of the Challenge, the panels will focus on the theme of sustainability.

The day’s agenda can be found here. As stated on the agenda, our primary objectives are to recognize and celebrate HCCC communities for their accomplishments and contributions over the past 18 months; explore, advance and broaden Finalists’ understanding of sustainability as well as strategies for achieving it; promote bidirectional learning and networking; and generate positive energy, offer practical takeaways, and consider potential next steps.

Let’s break that down. Sustainability: We’re referring to programmatic sustainability and HC50 projects’ ability to sustain their work and achieve long-term success, even after the Challenge concludes. Revisit the Planning for Sustainability blog post for more on how we define sustainability and the results from the Technical Assistance survey. 

Bidirectional learning and networking: Not only do have the wealth of knowledge from each individual HC50 Finalist, we also have subject matter experts. Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to listen and learn from each other. Experts include familiar faces from our Challenge partners as well as outside experts from an array of organizations including Healthy Places by Design, PhilanthropyRx, Signal Centers, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Planning.

Practical takeaways and next steps: We want each Finalist to leave the Institute having learned something new and feeling ready for the future. Along with the panel sessions, Finalists will have an opportunity to engage with elected officials over lunch, gain valuable communications insights and participate in meaningful peer-led discussions.

It’s going to be a busy, information-packed day! If you have any questions or comments before the Institute, please let us know at hccc@apha.org. See you all there!   

Some photos from the last Institute in Atlanta!
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