THE BIG PICTURE

VIVA provided strategic consultation and facilitation services to support the design and development of a collective impact initiative focused on strengthening Sonoma County’s fragmented dental health system.

 

THE BACKGROUND

In an effort to improve dental health in Sonoma County, the Dental Health Program of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services received a grant to create a Dental Health Network. The Network is comprised of representatives from agencies and organizations that focus on dental health, in addition to dental practitioners, parents, and other community members who are working together to build a cohesive dental health system.

 

THE NITTY-GRITTY

VIVA worked in partnership with the Dental Health Program to facilitate the newly established Dental Health Network using a collective impact model to strengthen and connect multiple efforts by individuals and coalitions, with the goal of effecting system change. VIVA also collaborated with the Dental Health Program staff to identify strategies to build internal capacities within the Network to support its long-term success.

As a result of this process, VIVA facilitated the creation of a shared vision and action plan for the Dental Health Network of Sonoma County, establishing a focus for the Network and a roadmap to support their effort moving forward.

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