We are excited to welcome Andy Naja-Reese, new CEO of Agricultural Institute of Marin as chair and Dr. Tracey Hessel from Marin Community Clinics as co-chair of the HEAL Steering Committee.  Even though Andy is new to HEAL, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in food security from his former role as the Western Regional USDA SNAP-Ed Representative.  At the same time, Dr Hessel’s committment to this work has been invaluable to our current successes and her role as co-chair will elevate our work even further.  This solid leadership representing both agriculture and healthcare is a true testament to the “food is medicine” concept.    

Our HEAL Evaluation Subcommittee met in January to decide on a collaborative survey to help us assess how well we are working together to achieve our goals.  The group chose to use the Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory. The tool assesses how collaborations are doing using 20 research-tested success factors. The inventory takes about 15 minutes to complete. Our scores can be compared to other collaboratives’ through their online bench marks. 

We ask that ALL steering, taskforce and subcommittee members please take the online survey below:

Take the HEAL Collaborative Evaluation Survey Now

Next steps for our evaluation subcommittee is to create our HEAL Hunger dashboard to track all the great progress we are making as a collaborative. Stay tuned!