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National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) Expert Panel - Part II: Facilitating Groups & Meetings


Presented February 26, 2019.

This webinar is the second installment of the 2-part NSSP CoP Expert Panel Webinar Series on Being a Leader in Your Community.  Click here to view Part I: Leading Community Groups

As a continuation of learning how members can become leaders of their community groups, in this webinar, the panelists shared insights on what it takes to facilitate groups and meetings as well as they tools that they utilize in their current roles. Additionally, the panelists discussed strategies and best practices they incorporate into their meetings to encourage engagement and productive conversations amongst virtual groups. 


Charlie Ishikawa, SPHERR Committee, Co-Chair

Eric Bakota, 2019 ISDS Board of Directors, Co-Treasurer

Teresa Hamby, NSSP CoP Steering Committee, Past Deputy Chair

Amanda Morse, NSSP CoP Steering Committee, Deputy Chair

Panelists addressed the following questions:

  1. Introductions and overview of leadership experience (past or present). What kind of group? What size? What partners were involved? Mission/Goals?
  2. What are some of the key responsibilities/tasks involved in being a Chair/Co-Chair (beyond agenda creation and moderating the meeting)?
  3. What best practices/lessons learned can you share around encouraging engagement among group members both during and outside of meetings?
  4. What key strategies do you implement to lead group members through the decision making process and to make sure projects continue moving forward?
  5. What recommendations would you give to someone considering starting a new group? What advice can you provide to help them define the mission and vision of the group?
  6. What resources would you recommend to help with meeting/group facilitation, keeping track of project timelines and goals, connecting with group members, etc.?