- HCCHSLEC is –
A series of seven documents designed to identify and discover multi-disciplinary innovators. The interest each innovator shares with others is a desire to engage in Having Community-based Conversations around Human Service through Listening, Engaging and Connecting (HCCHSLEC).
Each series contains evidence of both historical innovators and innovations as well as current evidence of those engaging in these activities.
Topics for the seven series are:
- Historical (18th & 19th Century) and current reflections (20th Century- forward) innovators and innovations gathered from rural and urban communities and colleges
- Core competencies and skills – listening – communication, its theory and skills
- Core competencies and skills – engaging the community and its residents through – teaching, advocacy interpersonal relationships, capacity building and related skills
- Core competencies and skills – connecting with the community and its residents through – knowledge, service coordination and organization and related skills
- Evaluation processes –implications of the competencies for practice in the community
- Ethical considerations – consideration of consequences at the community level for the competencies. (under consideration)
The rationale for this project stems from the definition of “series.” It reads, “a number of objects or events arranged or coming one after the other in succession. (www.freedictonary.com). “Innovation,” is important because it describes, “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods,” (www.Merriam-Webster.com). Tom Reston understands innovation as,“taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.” (www.brainyquote.com)
The goal for this project is to bring together, through conversation, innovators and related innovations developed while working with individuals and communities around “human service” issues. A broad definition of human services is, “to meet human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base,” by “seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.” (www.nationalorganizationof humanservices.org) ) This definition illustrates a desire for an interdisciplinary, knowledge-based discussion that focuses on both prevention and remediation of human issues, along with a commitment to improve “human capital.” A human services innovator takes action to show relationships between current ideas, methodologies and practices and new, perhaps different, innovative ideas.
The series is designed to serve as a public forum for the identification of interdisciplinary, knowledge-based innovation. It welcomes everyone who sees themselves as part of an innovative process, for example those working with “human capital,” within a community-based system.
Examples of current human services innovators include:
- Mary F. Belenky, Ph.D. & Dr. Belenky has co-authored two books with B. M. Clinchy,, N.R. Goldberger and J.M. Tarule, “Women’s Ways of Knowing,” (1987) and “Knowledge, Difference and Power,” (1996). The purpose of the books is to identify ways in which women learn and through learning find their identity. The books document the experiences within a variety of communities settings. Dr. Belenky has also co-authored with L. Bond and J. Weinstock, (1997) “A Tradition that has no Name,” which explores how women work to create ongoing organizations in order better express themselves.
- John McKnight, Ph.D. Dr. McKnight writes extensively about communities, their assets, needs and strategies for working within communities. He is the author of, “The Careless Society,” (1995) and has co-authored other books on these issues with Peter Block (2010) and John Kretzmann (1993).
- Trisha Greenhaigh, M.D., associates the application of innovation within a healthcare setting (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
- Victoria Sweet, M.D., is expanding her innovations of “Slow Medicine.” (www.victoriasweet.com)
- Sarah Samaan, M.D., provides knowledge and evidence-based practices for women’s health and cardiovascular issues. Her publications include Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After It Starts (2012), and Smart Woman’s Guide to Heart Health: Dr. Sarah’s Seven Steps to a Heart-Loving Lifestyle (2009). Her most recent publication is, The Dash Diet for Dummies (2014). Dr. Samaan’s public Facebook pages are: Best Practices for a Healthy Heart and Doctor Sarah Samaan. Other contact information for Dr. Samaan includes: her blog and her Twitter.
I welcome your participation in this website. Please contact Liz Kelly at eankelly08 [at] gmail [dot] com. There you can write your comments, questions, or share innovations. I will then post them the correct section. I will include your contact information so others can respond to you, unless you state you do not want your email identified with the post.
Thanks to the Internet, it is now possible to increase connections between innovators and their innovations across disciplines. For example, Kretzmann and McKnight (1993) demonstrate a new value for communities when the starting point for innovation begins within the community. When community members become involved with innovators and see these members see possibilities for innovations they move beyond their current thinking and discover fresh ideas, plans and methods for change.
Your contributions are welcome on any of the topics listed above or other topics you regard as innovative. Innovations may stem from your experience and knowledge. Development of this series stems from learning experiences of the author as a student, teaching/learning experiences within the educational system, and work as a nurse in the clinical and community health care settings as well as human services.
Katharine Hepburn prized the importance of innovation when she wrote:
“It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.” (www.brainyquote.com)
We welcome your input, your thoughts, and innovations from your practice within the broad definition of human services.
Belenky, M., Clinchy, B., Goldberger, N., Tarule, J (1987). Women’s Ways of Knowing. NY City: Basic Books.
Belenky, M., Bond, L., & Weinstock, J. (1997). A Tradition that has no Name. NY City: Basic Books.
Goldberger, N., Tarule, J., Clinchy, B., Belenky, M. (1996) Knowledge, Difference and Power, NY City: Basic Books.
McKnight, J. (1995). The Careless Society. NY City: Basic Books.
McKnight, J & Block, P., (2010). The Abundant Community. San Francisco, CA, Berrett-Koehler .
Kretzman, J & McKnight, J. (1993). Building Communities From the Inside Out:A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets. Chicago, Ill, ACTA Publications.
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