How to be a better collaborator:
Working with others to achieve your goals

Free Online Workshop Co-Hosted with the National Association of County and City Health Officials


Collaborating is one of the most effective ways to cut costs, save time, and improve policy outcomes. In the public service, collaboration can be particularly powerful, but it can also be incredibly difficult as too often teams, departments and agencies work in silos.

So how exactly can you collaborate with other teams to do your job better? What steps can you take to build better relationships, bring a diversity of thinking into your work, and mobilise innovation and action across teams, departments, and organisations?

Health issues, in particular, cross over multiple jurisdictions, including education, housing, employment, criminal justice and more. Using health as a case study, this workshop will provide lessons for how to make collaboration work in practice.

In this online workshop for public servants, you’ll learn:

  • How being an effective collaborator can help you achieve your goals
  • Lessons from case studies about how to put collaboration into practice
  • How to brings others onto the policy journey

The discussion featured two public sector leaders who have coordinated across sectors to achieve improved policy outcomes:

  • Dr Laura Kollar, a Behavioural Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Kollar helped implement, in the metropolitan Atlanta area, the ‘Cardiff Model’ — an approach to violence prevention grounded in cross-agency collaboration — which has been internationally replicated.
  • Gary Cox has recently been appointed Commissioner of Oklahoma’s Department of Health. As the Executive Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, he has collaborated cross-sectorally with education, criminal justice, policing, housing and the private sector to improve community health outcomes.

This webinar was presented by Apolitical with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Global Ideas Fund at CAF America, as well as NACCHO, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors).