Blue Sky: Lessons Learned

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the Blue Sky event on March 18th a success! 151 staff and faculty from 26 locations joined in an invigorating conversation with Drs. Frank deGruy (Chair, University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine) and Macaran Baird (Head, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health). We appreciate everyone who was able to contribute in person as well as those who kept things running at our clinics and administrative offices.

Recordings of the talks are available on the DFMCH ReCHARGED website. Staff and faculty were most excited by ideas of:

  • community engagement
  • allowing room for innovation (including failure!)
  • working in teams to support primary care

The ReCHARGED Steering Committee met on March 26th to review the lessons learned.

The strengths of the event were:

  1. Having the opportunity to bring together a diverse group of people from different roles and locations throughout the department
  2. Hearing from inspiring speakers
  3. Encouraging participation and valuing all perspectives

At future events, we will work to make the following improvements:

  1. Clearly communicate the goals of the event
  2. Design the day so all groups are heard
  3. Incorporate various learning methods
  4. Have healthier food options, coffee and less trash
  5. Explain the plan for follow-up and next steps

We are in the process of compiling a summary of the event and next steps. Look for more information to follow soon!

DFMCH ReCHARGED Steering Committee