Innovation Design Summits Call for Presentations Requested Topics

The Alliance seeks proposals on the following topics for each of the Innovation Design Summits.

Leading through Integration of Health and Social Services

Effective Human Services and Health Care Partnerships

  • Models of partnerships: Partnership principles and practices
  • Strategies for addressing common partnership barriers
  • Effectively positioning the human services sector’s ability to add value
  • Due diligence to assess partner compatibility
  • Understanding and navigating cultural differences among sectors

Meeting the Needs of Populations with Complex Health & Social Needs

  • Effective strategies to meet the needs of specific populations
  • Cultural humility in service delivery
  • Community engagement approaches to generate sustainable results

Population Health

  • Using community health assessments in partnership and intervention design
  • Designing prevention models and strategies
  • Addressing social determinants of health and holistic health approaches


  • Payer engagement in designing sustainable partnerships
  • Funding sources and models for social/health collaborations
  • Sustainable financing models
  • Understanding the startup costs of partnering with health care
  • Role of managed care organizations

Policy and Advocacy

  • Learning from federal, state, and local policy climates that support integration and innovation
  • Advocacy strategies to support favorable policy for collaboration and integration

Data, Evaluation, and Information Sharing

  • Measuring/evaluating partnership effectiveness
  • Methods and tools for tracking cost savings
  • Data sharing and interoperability
  • Strategies for incorporating health indicators into human services programs
  • Strategies for incorporating social determinants indicators into health care service delivery

Accelerating Education Achievement for All Children

Practice Excellence: Innovative and/or Highly Effective Models or Approaches

  • Early childhood education
  • K-12 operation models
  • Out-of-school time
  • Family and student engagement
  • Culturally relevant, equitable programs or curricula
  • Alternative pathways

Collaborative Partnerships and Systems Approaches

  • Innovative or effective public/private/social service partnerships
  • Efforts to address challenges of students involved in juvenile justice, child welfare, special education, or other systems
  • Innovative or effective Initiatives working to achieve systems-level change

Addressing the Policy Environment

  • Policy solutions that support communities and families experiencing poverty
  • Advocacy efforts that engage families and children
  • Shifting funding mechanisms
  • Federal and state policies or regulations that support equitable access to quality education

Initiatives or Interventions Using Policy, Systems, and Partnerships to Improve School Climate

  • Brain science integration efforts
  • Trauma-informed schools
  • Mental health and behavioral supports integration
  • Other effective efforts to improve school, home, and community climate

Measuring that Matters

  • How data is being used to track and identify areas for early intervention
  • Measuring new or complex initiatives including integrated services and multi-partner efforts
  • Applying accountability measures across partnerships and sectors

Building a 21st Century Social Sector Workforce

Organizational Culture

  • Strategies for promoting work-life balance
  • Employee engagement strategies
  • Measuring performance
  • Exploring alternative organizational structures
  • Using emerging technology with today’s workforce

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Building a workforce that is reflective of communities served
  • Building a board that is reflective of communities served
  • Creation of supplier side diversity
  • Approaches for engaging all voices across the organization

Workplace Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Leveraging partnerships with academic institutions to support workforce needs and recruitment
  • Building strategic relationships with funders
  • Developing cross-organizational and cross-sector partnerships to maximize talent within the sector

Learning Opportunities and Professional Development

  • Innovative and unique approaches to developing staff
  • Leveraging multi-generational knowledge and talent in the workplace

Building a Robust and Diverse Talent Pipeline

  • Strategies for recruiting from communities and neighborhoods served
  • Strategies for recruiting specific populations (older adults, millennials, individuals working in for-profit or public sectors, etc.)
  • Compensation, benefits, and incentive models that promote employee engagement and satisfaction

Policy & Advocacy

  • Learning from federal, state, and local policy climates that support integration and innovation
  • Advocacy strategies to support favorable policy for collaboration and integration

Reframing Social Sector Narrative

  • Articulating the sector’s value proposition to drive recruitment and improve perception of the sector
  • Articulating the economic value and impact of the social sector workforce

Direct questions to the Alliance Meetings Department.

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