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With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Aging and Disability Business Institute at USAging, in partnership with Williams Jaxon Consulting, LLC, will convene a Network Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Learning Collaborative (NDEILC). Up to 12 networks of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and/or community-based organizations (CBOs) will be selected to participate in this leading-edge collaborative to build and strengthen their network’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies and practices. Preference will be given to networks that are led by or include Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs).
 
The goal of the NDEILC is to equip network leadership with the knowledge and skills necessary to create and sustain realistic and actionable DEI strategies that will enhance their business culture, create more consumer-friendly programs/services and demonstrate value to the health care ecosystem.
 
This Learning Collaborative will:
  • Address DEI key concepts, terminology and policy drivers, as well as the impact of health disparities on quality outcomes measures.
  • Provide methods for assessing your network’s cultural competency.
  • Offer best practices for developing a framework for building DEI infrastructure for your network.
  • Support development of the value of DEI practices and incorporation into your value propositions to potential health care partners.
Improving your network’s DEI practices will enhance its ability to effectively address health and social care inequalities. The unique needs of your community’s consumers are best served when social care organization leadership are well trained to support the transformation of aligned programs/services. Centering work culture as well as the design and delivery of services in diversity, equity and inclusion practices further supports your mission to serve vulnerable and historically underserved populations.
 
Key dates:
  1. Application released: October 20, 2022
  2. Application deadline: November 21, 2022
  3. Selected participants notified: December 20, 2022
  4. Sessions will be held every from 1:30 to 3:00 PM ET on the following dates. The first session will be a joint launch with the Building Accountability for Health Equity for AAAs collaborative.
    • Thursday January 12, 2023, 2-3:30pm ET (joint launch session)
    • Wednesday February 15, 2023
    • Wednesday March 15, 2023
    • Wednesday April 19, 2023
    • Wednesday May 17, 2023
    • Wednesday June 21, 2023
Application guidelines: 
  • Complete all questions and adhere to the specified word limits listed for each answer. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Define all acronyms the first time they are used.
  • Proofread all submissions and carefully avoid errors.
  • Submit applications by the November 21, 2022, deadline.
Please contact Maya Op de Beke (mopdebeke@usaging.org) with any questions regarding the Network Diversity Equity and Inclusion Learning Collaborative or this application.
Please provide the following information:

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* 1. Organization/Network Name

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* 2. Organization/Network Address

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* 3. Organization/Network Website

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* 4. Primary Contact

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* 5. Secondary Contact (if applicable)

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* 6. Please identify participating organizations in your network: (list organization names and types).

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* 7. Does your network have a separate legal structure?

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* 8. Is your organization already committed to participating in another business acumen learning collaborative from January to June 2023?

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* 9. Is your organization currently receiving payment from health care entities for home and community-based services (e.g., care coordination, caregiver support programs, care transitions, evidence-based programs, nutrition services, transportation, etc.)?

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* 10. Participation: Please describe the value for your organization’s participation in the Network Diversity Equity and Inclusion Learning Collaborative? Identify your organization's primary goal for participating. (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 11. Contracting Progress: Describe your network’s current progress in contracting with health care organizations. Please define your organization’s most commonly marketed/contracted service(s). (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 12. Community Needs: In what ways has your organization addressed historically excluded or underserved populations in your network catchment area? (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 13. Assessing DEI impact: How is your organization assessing and addressing community needs from a DEI perspective? (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

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* 14. Program Implementation: What kind of programming has been instituted that reflects DEI practices across your network’s staffing and programs? (Min: 200 characters, Max: 700 characters)

By submitting this application, we agree to fulfill the participant expectations outlined in the NDEI Learning Collaborative Charter, including participating in all sessions during the six-month Learning Collaborative and dedicating four to five hours per month to prepare for lectures and other learning activities.
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