by Ahmed Calvo, Mei Lin Fung, Brian McCarty and Lisa Lott
Initiated by the US Air Force Medical Services, the Federal Health Futures Group has brought together the Surgeons General of the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, the Veteran’s Administration and many departments within the Health and Human Services Agency to identify ways in which Health and Health outcomes can be dramatically improved. In exploring the idea of "Health as a Team Sport," members of the Health Futures Group joined forces with game designers to explore games that can help improve public health and create the environment within which individuals can thrive in good times and bad.
Multiple dimensions were explored.
At the individual level: Getting more exercise, improving diet, dealing with illness, preventing disease, recovering from trauma and illness.
At the team level: Coaching groups of health professionals to work together amongst themselves to increase health, recovery, thriving.
In the community: In improving teamwork and collaboration between the formal healthcare and the informal family and friend networks.
At the government level: to improve the impact and effectiveness of policy, research and regulation.
This interactive panel will include a thorough discussion of the games designed to meet these challenges, the results obtained thus far, and identify specific future steps that the panelists could take to better leverage games in improving Health outcomes.
by Elizabeth Gibson and Lin Howe
How do you help your geographically dispersed and diverse melting pot organization become a more effective and cohesive team with a shared sense of purpose? How do you simulate ‘around the water cooler” type conversations when you are not in the same location or time zone? What works, and what doesn’t work? We will share five easy ways to build synergy and camaraderie and foster inclusion among remote teammates through highly creative, visual, and interactive concepts and practices. We also want to encourage conversation and share stories about other organizational attempts to achieve solidarity, diversity, and inclusion in fun and compelling ways.
by Leah McDougald and Stephanie Perkins
Projects might be complex or simple, but the real catch is finding ways to collaborate with the different personalities involved. Sometimes these challenges come in the form of an un-managed client, coworker or peer. Either way, with too many cooks in the kitchen, unwanted stress, frustration and hostility can quickly turn even the simplest of tasks into the perfect storm. Find out how to best align client needs, talent pools, and peer input so that the project can be delivered smoothly from conception to completion.
9th–13th March 2012