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The Art of Dialogue: Collaboration in Public Health Preparedness

Posted by on June 13th, 2007 Posted in: News From NNLM PNR, Training & Education

The NW Center for Public Heath Practice presents “Hot Topics in Preparedness“, a monthly online hour-long forum on topics of crucial importance to the public health practice community.

The upcoming topic for June 19 is The Art of Dialogue: Collaboration in Public Health Preparedness. The Regional Medical Library will host a site for this webcast, in the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Room T319, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.


Preparedness means developing the readiness to respond to emergencies with creativity and flexibility, the way all living things respond to challenges in their environment. The more complex the challenge, the more creative the response needs to be. But how can we develop this kind of readiness? What kinds of things would we need to do to achieve this kind of preparedness?

Daniel Martin is proposing that Dialogue is the glue that holds the elements of preparedness together. In fact, it is often the missing link in a process where connection and collaboration are critical.


Daniel Martin, PhD, is founder and director of Cross River Connections (CRC), which offers training and consulting in the field of personal, organizational and social change through the art of Dialogue, which he defines as skilled interaction for creative outcomes. A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Martin was educated in Ireland, Italy, and the US. He worked in Kenya for a number of years before moving to the US in 1984. In this country he has been a director of an institute for global issues, a religious consultant to the UN Environment Program, a speaker and retreat leader in the field of ecology and spirituality/ethics, and a consultant to many organizations.

Learner Objectives

By the end of this session participants will have gained:

• A “taste” of Dialogue
• An appreciation of its relevance to public health preparedness
• Some ideas on its application to the preparedness process

Target Audience

This session would be appropriate for the following audiences:

• Leadership Teams seeking to think strategically and be prepared for the future
• Preparedness coordinators
• PH Nursing leaders
• Tribal health leaders
• Preparedness planners
• Community organizers

Please contact Patricia Devine, (206) 543-8725, devine@u.washington.edu if you’d like to attend.

Image of the author ABOUT Patricia Devine
Medical Librarian, Network Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, PNR. I work for a network of libraries and organizations with an interest in health information.

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