This webinar will explore how to intentionally consider social capital and connectedness as a way to improve organizations and community health, education, and the economy. By highlighting the example of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), Dr. Jeff Kuhr will share their process of restructuring and streamlining their organization in order to better address the emerging health demands of local communities with an upstream, systems-building approach. In one Mesa County neighborhood, for example, MCPH and its agency and resident partners are together becoming a catalyst for change by fostering intentional partnerships, building community trust and participation, and leveraging existing community assets in a more cohesive, creative and responsive manner. 

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Kuhr is the Executive Director of Public Health for Mesa County, located on the Western Slope of Colorado. Additionally, Jeff is an active participant in statewide policy and program development, serving on the Colorado Board of Human Services and the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission. He is a Colorado Children and Families Fellow with Ascend at the Aspen Institute. In Grand Junction, Jeff serves on the board of directors for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Quality Health Network (QHN), the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, and acts as Co-Facilitator of the Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium.

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