A Community of Action (CoA) brings like-minded COACH Members together to produce a deliverable on any HI or digital health topic in which they share an interest. The plan is simple:Step One: The Idea
A COACH Member has an idea or topic they would like to research, expand upon, explore, or write about.
The COACH Coordinator assesses the idea and what resources may be needed to for a Community of Action (CoA). A Leader is assigned. Volunteers may be recruited, or the Community of Action may be filled with people chosen by the CoA Leader
The shelf life of a CoA should be short: experience tells us that the shorter the timeframe, the more productive the group. Each CoA will have assigned roles, clear deliverables, and a virtual meeting schedule that works for the team.
This is the important part: the end-goal of every CoA is to produce something. The final product will enable the group to share what they’ve learned, and hopefully, enhance the understanding of HI or shine a light on a neglected corner of the digital health world. It might be as simple as an infographic or a few slides, or as in-depth as a white paper or report. The group can decide. But it’s crucial that group findings are shared with the COACH community – and beyond.
Operating as a community of equals with Leaders, Coordinators, and Contributors, CoA participants exchange ideas and information, enhance their understanding of a particular HI subject and seek answers to specific questions.The advantage of a CoA community is the ability to connect people of different levels, from different cities, across multiple sectors, all working toward a common goal for a brief period of time.
Leading a CoA is a great way to get a fresh perspective on a stale problem, or find a creative solution to a challenge. Joining a CoA will introduce you to new colleagues, expand your career horizons, and add a publication to your resume. See existing Communities of Action.