As I started writing this blog, I thought a lot about how to deliver the following message without sounding hyperbolic or boastful: The report that Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) has just published, titled “Modernizing Consent to Advance Health and Equity,” is potentially a very big deal. Then I read a quote from Karen DeSalvo, Google’s Chief Health Officer, and thought I couldn’t explain it any better. So here’s what she said in September 2021, at the 35th Annual Plenary of the international Health Level 7 (HL7) data-exchange standards organization.
Category: Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being
A New Training Program for the Next Normal
By Daniel Stein This quote from the latest newsletter from the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers caught my eye: “Public and private programs, agencies and organizations nationwide are preparing to build, rebuild, and grow in 2021 and beyond. And – as the pandemic has demonstrated every day – the need will […]
The Best Way to Improve the Future is to Shape It
By Daniel Stein, President, SOC Institute I’m happy to report that 2021 has gotten off to a good start for Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI), with the successful completion of three initiatives: Our National Action Agenda (NAA) Symposium to Advance Upstream Social Determinants and Health Equity, held last month in partnership with the Stanford University […]
Welcome to the New Year: An Event and a Vision for Progress in Changing Times
By Daniel Stein First and foremost, I’d like to begin my first blog of the New Year by bidding good riddance to 2020, acknowledging the disconcerting start of 2021 and wishing everyone a far, far better year ahead. If ever there was a time for looking forward to better days – and for charting a […]
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Thousands of professionals across programs, systems and domains regularly engage with the National Interoperability Collaborative for its unique cross-sector resources, webinars, projects and relationships. Hundreds of you, individually or through your organizations, are NIC members. In other words, we have succeeded in building the “community of networks” that we envisioned when we launched the NIC […]
Read All About It: New Publication Focuses on Stewards/Stanford Project
By Daniel Stein, Stewards of Change Institute Like so many others in the nonprofit world, those of us at Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) do our work every day primarily because we deeply believe in our mission and are committed to improving people’s lives by advancing systems-level change. I have to admit, however, that it’s […]
The Pandemic Puts More Children at Risk of Abuse. Where’s the Aid for Them?
By Adam Pertman, Senior Consultant to SOCI, Coordination and Communications Director of NIC. The coronavirus crisis has put children in foster care – and those who need to be there – at serious risk in numerous, unnerving ways. To date, however, they and their families have barely been mentioned as potential victims of the pandemic, and […]
A New Kresge Grant and a Renewed Commitment to Equity and Interoperability
By Daniel Stein, President, Stewards of Change Institute and Co-P.I., NIC Support for any nonprofit organization, at its core, is about belief. Belief that the organization has the right vision, the right approach, the right people to get the job done. So when we learned this week that the Kresge Foundation is awarding a […]
Convenings, an Opioid Playbook and Well-Being: Still Learning after All These Years . . .
by Daniel Stein, President, SOC Institute and Co-P.I., NIC There are lots of reasons I’m grateful for what I get to do for a living, from the smart, passionate and compassionate people I’m honored to work with; to the promise (and reality) of advancing knowledge that can improve entire systems; and, most of all, to […]