2017 Agenda

We are pleased to provide an overview of the 2017 conference content! There will be three conference tracks, based on what we heard from our attendees last year, with 3 sessions each!

Presentation Themes:

 Engagement – What is happening at a community level and how can our neighbors connect into our work.

    Change – What practical steps can be taken to move our work forward?

Collaborations – How can the many sectors in a community create effective collaborations to break down barriers?


We will continue to make updates in the upcoming weeks with speakers, objectives and titles – so be sure to check back soon and often!


7:30 Registration & Networking

8:00 Plated Breakfast & Networking

8:30 Welcome

8:45 Opening Remarks

9:00 Key Note Presentation: “The Power of Relationships will Transform Health”

  • Health is a highly personal thing. How we define it, how we seek care for it, and what responsibility we take for it – all depend on how we understand it, in the context of our family and our community. Health care, or the delivery of clinical services, often has little to do with our health, but yet consumes the vast majority of time we spend discussing health in the national dialogue.  Using examples from business and research, this presentation will highlight the unique opportunity that communities have to advance the dialogue on health. This is not about passively discussing a vision for health, this is about communities leading the charge on what they want for their health and their health care.The power of relationships will ultimately strengthen our cause and transform health. Now is the time – let’s take action together.

 10:00 Breakout Sessions #1

    •  A Pioneering Journey into Mental & Emotional Well-being  
      • Mental and emotional well-being is central to overall health, yet too much focus traditionally has been placed on treatment of illness vs. what we aspire to. That’s the conclusion of 53 community leaders, from faith to criminal justice, who assessed needs for a transformative mental/emotional well-being initiative tied to the SnoCo Health Leadership Coalition’s LiveHealthy2020 initiative. The initiative formally launches at Edge of Amazing 2017 focused on two planks: youth as an entry point; and ensuring the conditions at all ages and stages of health for the next generation of youth to flourish.  


  •  Measuring Well-being: The 2017 Snohomish County Health & Well-being Monitor
    • In 2015, a broad range of community leaders engaged in a first-of-its kind, community-based participatory research project that defined and measured health & well-being in our own community’s terms, revealing our community’s focus on six dimensions of health & well-being. Results of the new 2017 Monitor, fielded in June and released at Edge of Amazing 2017, show important trends – and launches the first Sub-community Monitors being explored and fielded by diverse organizations such as the NAACP, faith communities, criminal justice, healthcare organizations, cities, tribes and more. Learn the state of well-being of your community from leaders assembling at Edge of Amazing 2017 – and how you can run the Monitor in your own organization.  


  •   Yes! In Our Backyards: Creating More Equitable Communities in Snohomish County Through Local Land Use Policy Changes
    • Cities across our region are experiencing some of the highest rates of population growth in the country, insufficient housing production, and skyrocketing housing prices. At the same time, dramatic demographic changes are increasing preferences for mixed-use neighborhoods that are pedestrian-friendly and transit-connected. Allowing for greater residential density and varieties of housing will increase the supply of housing for all economic segments of the population, and data show that this results in higher property values, increased school quality, decreased crime and economic segregation, and increased community health. In this session, we will discuss tools that local communities can use to address our housing shortage and affordability crisis, and will also explore ways that participants can work in their local communities to support smart growth in their city. 

11:00 Networking

11:25 Breakout Session #2

    •  A Restorative Community – One Organizations Journey to Integrate Restorative Practice
      •  ChildStrive is committed to build a resilient and restorative community that is informed by neuroscience.  We accomplish this work by utilizing a family and community centric approach.  We embed the concepts of strength-based and relationship-based services in our work and create an environment of continuous learning.  Jim will present the benefits of Restorative Practice and ChildStrive’s journey to combine Restorative Practice with organizational leadership, change management and planning into an integrated approach.


    •  Who Is My Neighbor?
      •  The role of the faith community in the health and well-being of the county is often ‘hidden in plain sight’. The work happening within the faith sector has many public and civic engagement components and many faith communities are called to live out their faith in action and serve others. Yet, what does it means to love your neighbor and who is your neighbor? Join faith community leaders in an open, honest reflective and interactive discussion to: share challenges and barriers in the call for helpers and citizens to ‘love your neighbor’, learn about powerful efforts in our faith communities happening today, connect with new opportunities to collaborate, and discover practical take-a-ways to support each other in the courage to care. 
  • Community Health Accelerators: Creating a Playbook to Go Farther and Faster Together  
    • With over 150 organizational signatories to the countywide LiveHealthy2020 initiative engaged through Community Partner Portal and Community Mapping & Reporting tools, the next step is underway in 2017: achieving gains not possible by individual organizations or sectors. An innovative Community Health Accelerator process brings stakeholders together, extracts common wisdom about critical success factors, promising practices and stubborn barriers, and establishes an Accelerator Team who sets aspirational vision, goals and strategies, with advocacy and support from the 22-member Steering Committee of committed chief executives across Snohomish County. LiveHealthy2020 community leaders are creating a robust Accelerator Playbook our community can use in years to come through four Accelerators underway in 2017: youth emergency feeding programs; adult nutrition education; employer wellness programs; and a policy/infrastructure project “creating built environments for people, not just cars.” Learn how the project is unfolding and how your organization can engage to improve your own results along with the vitality and prosperity of Snohomish County.    


12:30 Lunch, Participating in the American Diabetes Association National Healthy Lunch Day

12:40 ChangeMaker Awards Presentation

12:55 Key Note Presentation: “The Mind of a Healthy Community”

      • This three-part talk explores what modern neuroscience has to say about informing the mind of a healthy community. Delivered by neuroscientist Dr. John Medina, this lecture discusses the biology behind stress, empathy, Theory of Mind and mindfulness from a cognitive, neuroscientific perspective. The talk ends with suggestions about how to implement these findings into the practical world of community living. 

1:50 Refreshment Break & Networking

2:10 Breakout Sessions #3

    •  Caring for Those Who Fall Through the Cracks: CHART Phase 2
      • Social connection is at the core of our CHART work. We are a team collaborating around long term solutions to chronic utilizers of criminal justice and emergency services systems. As our community broadens its identity to include those with complex behavioral, physical and social health issues, those individuals are also learning to be part of a new community. They are vulnerable in large part because of a lack of social connection that makes it harder to address addiction, mental illness, housing, and health. We base our work in CHART around a collaborative relationship with the identified individuals building upon their own motivation and individual challenges. From these connections we look for changes that will help a person find a new community of support. At CHART, we never give up on people. For a group of individuals who constantly fall through the cracks, this commitment to connect is the key to long term stability. We will share the story of several CHART members and discuss how including each other in a sense of community makes everyone healthier.  
    •  Collective Impact: The special ingredient to solving the Opioid Epidemic
      • Observe the power behind a community working together to reduce the impact of social determinates of health, and chart a course to change the health outcomes of our community. We will demonstrate how our strong, trusting, community relationships resulted in an Opioid Action Plan that has shaken the opioid epidemic in Skagit County and has put us on a path of change, stigma-reduction, and reducing the unnecessary loss of life.  



 3:20 Community Dedication Ceremony  

  • Share in the excitement as organizations across the county turn out to publicly dedicate their efforts to collectively making Snohomish County a healthier community. If you’d like to participate, on behalf of your organization, sign up at www.PIHCcommunity.org to become a LiveHealthy Signatory.

3:45 Edge of Amazing – Actions, Highlights and Looking Ahead