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Session 7 - Creating and Sustaining a Nonprofit Collaboration - A Case Presentation
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Creating and Sustaining a Nonprofit Collaboration -
A Case Presentation

Get an inside look at a model community collaboration built to identify and address the health needs of two large and growing counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Topics include an honest appraisal of what it takes to get a collaboration off the ground (spoiler alert: addressing the What’s In It For Me-must be part of the conversation) and hard won lessons on what it takes to sustain the structure and momentum of a collaboration. Gary Zaborac, Director Clay County Public Health Center and one of the founders of Northland Health Alliance, with Denise McNerney, President- iBossWell, Inc. (NHA Project Consultant /Facilitator) will share insights about: 

  • The long and winding road to collaboration
  • Collaboration infrastructure
  • Ensuring engagement
  • Establishing consensus and creating action
  • Overcoming the accountability speedbump 

Northland Health Alliance is gaining national recognition for the success of its health collaboration and the impact its efforts are having on the community. This discussion is an opportunity to hear a story from the front lines about what worked, what didn’t, and where they’re going from here.

 THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM



Gary is the Director of Public Health for Clay County, Missouri. He has over 33 years of experience in Public Health practice. Gary led the Clay County Public Health Center to become one of the first 100 health departments in the United States to achieve national accreditation with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). He recently served as Immediate Past Chair of the Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MoALPHA). He also is the past Vice Chair and current Treasurer of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence. He is a member of the Clay County Economic Development Council’s Strategic Planning Committee. He is currently serving as Chair of Liberty Community Health Action Team, a community collaborative promoting healthy lifestyles in Liberty, MO. Gary currently serves as President of the Northland Health Alliance, a collaborative partnership of 11 health care agencies dedicated to improving the health of Northland residents in Clay and Platte Counties.

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Denise McNerney is CEO of iBossWell, Inc. a strategic planning, organizational change, and leadership development consulting firm, focusing on developing and aligning vision, tactics and organizational culture; working principally in the nonprofit and government sector. Denise has more than 30 years experience with efforts that have had positive impact on the bottom-line of hundreds of organizations and the lives of individuals within. She is the co-author of the book "The PeoplePACT™ - Achieving Exemplary Performance through Humane Leadership." She has presented and published extensively, and recently, with the Association for Strategic Planning (ASP), spearheaded the first ever national scope survey on successful practices in strategic planning and management in nonprofits. She is also President-elect for ASP's Board of Directors and chairs their Center for Excellence in Nonprofit Strategy. Denise has a BS in Pharmacy and an MA in Counseling, with additional work towards a PhD in Counseling Psychology.
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