by Leah Lomotey-Nakon

Congratulations to the Collaboration College Class of 2015!

We are pleased to welcome seven teams to Collaboration College.  These teams will begin their Collaboration College experience with Collaboration 201, an interactive day of workshops focused on Visioning, Strategic Thinking, Conflict Management, Business Results, and Change Mastery, in March 2015.

Each team will be paired with a team of consultants from c3/consulting, HCA, and North Highland to work on their collaborations.  In September, teams will present their collaborations to a panel of judges for the chance to win a grand prize of $25,000 and two finalist prizes of $10,000.  Prizes will be awarded by Baptist Healing Trust and The HCA Foundation at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence Awards in October 2015.

Find out about more about the Collaboration College Teams below.

Tennessee Scholars, Kiwanis Club of Nashville, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee are partnering together to prepare cohorts of underrepresented students for post-secondary education and careers through academic support, career awareness, and service-learning.

Nashville CARES, Neighborhood Health, and Street Works are collaborating to coordinate and integrate HIV prevention and other support services.

Members of the Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee are joining together to increase the number of vulnerable community members connected to primary care homes.  This collaboration is led by Tennessee Disability Coalition, Saint Thomas Health Services, Meharry-Vanderbilt AllianceMatthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Neighborhood Health, Faith Family Medical Clinic, Family and Children’s Service, and Mental Health Association of Middle TN.

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, The Mayor’s Office of Innovation, Nashville General Hospital, Metro Public Health Department, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Room in the Inn, and Neighborhood Health are collectively working to link hospital and social services systems in order to create a pathway to housing for hospital patients who experience chronic homelessness.

The South Nashville Family Resource Center and Vanderbilt School of Nursing CASTLES are partnering with community organizations to address food insecurity for refugee and immigrant families in South Nashville.

The Family Center, Prevent Child Abuse, and Metro Public Health Department are developing a collective initiative to prevent childhood trauma and provide every child with the opportunity to thrive and prosper.

Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, Youth Encouragement Services, Salama Urban Ministries, and Barefoot Republic are developing an interagency system of support that will impact the social, emotional, spiritual, and academic needs of youth in Nashville.

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