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6 Reactions and Discussion
Pages 53-58

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From page 53...
... In the final session, Isham shared his observations and called upon participants to share their reflections and s ­ uggestions for how to move forward. Many participants expressed optimism at the direction of the presentations and discussions and stressed the need to continue to intentionally connect with people in other institutions, take risks, and continue to drive progress.
From page 54...
... THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NARRATIVE: TELLING THE STORIES Phyllis Meadows of The Kresge Foundation and the University of Michigan School of Public Health pointed out that the conversation about the importance of connecting with the community is not new. She challenged participants to consider what can be done differently now to move the conversation beyond where it was two decades ago.
From page 55...
... This is an example of the challenges of finding common ground: There must be an understanding of the values that are tied to the positions taken by others. Kindig referred participants to a book on developing narratives for social movements, It Was Like a Fever, by Francesco Polletta, the keynote speaker at the December 2013 roundtable workshop.2 BUILDING THE ECOSYSTEM Pastor described community organizing in terms of developing an ecosystem of groups that can work together to transform the policies in a 1 Available at HealthImprovementRT/14-APR-10/Presentations/1_Manuel_Pastor.pdf (accessed August 15, 2014)
From page 56...
... Grant Funding Drives the Agenda Participants discussed how often the required deliverables and categorical nature of grant support prevents organic discussion at the community level about what the research priorities should be. Whether the funding is from government, philanthropy, or other sources, researchers are generally limited to a finite list of possibilities.
From page 57...
... For example, are there economic benefits or incentives that could be tied to their interacting with the community? The Health Department Pamela Russo of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pointed out that there are many innovative health departments and that there is a tremendous amount of work being done to improve community conditions that is not necessarily organizing the community but that is providing support.
From page 58...
... HEALTH, HOPE, AND DIGNITY A participant stressed that when people organize, whether it is for public health, housing, or any other issue, it is the larger vision that matters. Without the larger context, there is no movement.

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