Who leads us:
UCD is ultimately led by the Rio Grande Valley and its residents, who guide us in the work we do to make sustainable changes.
The collective impact is made up of:
A dedicated Backbone Staff: Backbone organizations essentially pursue six common activities to support and facilitate collective impact which distinguish this work from other types of collaborative efforts. Over the lifecycle of an initiative, they:
- Guide vision and strategy
- Support aligned activities
- Establish shared measurement practices
- Build public will
- Advance policy
- Mobilize funding
The backbone staff guides the partners, workgroups, and committees towards the common agenda and ensures all are staying on task.
The UCD Steering Committee: The Steering Committee is a group comprised of cross-sector community partners representative of the relevant ecosystem that provides strategic direction for the Collective Impact initiative and champions its work.
UCD Executive Committee: A standing group of Steering Committee Co-Chairs, primary funders, and Backbone CI Director that serves as a decision-making body in the event an action needs to be taken by UCD in between regular Steering Committee meetings.
UCD Co-Chairs: Two members of the Steering Committee that can make decisions and provide direction in between meetings, in partnership with the Backbone support staff.
Prediabetes education workgroup: The Prediabetes Education Workgroup is derived of healthcare workers, researchers, nutritionist, etc. that provide diabetes education and lifestyle change programs for prediabetic/at risk individuals and their families.
Screening Coordination workgroup: The Screening Coordination Workgroup is composed of partners that offer screening and other programs for the community. The strategy for this group includes identifying gaps, building resources for linking screening to treatment, etc.
Data Task Force: The Data Task Force is a collective group that seeks to support the work of the other groups by focusing on obtaining and synthesizing the data the initiative needs to learn and improve.
- Determine best ways to measure, compile, and interpret data needed by the Steering Committee and working groups
- Research, compile, interpret, and share important data
- Increase data sharing
- Use technology to collect data and communicate progress.
Policy Task Force: The Policy Task Force supports the work of other groups and the steering committee by focusing on identifying, prioritizing, and advocating for relevant policy changes at the local and state levels.
- Determine the priority areas of focus for policy advocacy
- Help working group members build networks and relationships with key local and state decision-makers.
- Identify and advocate for relevant policy changes at the local and state levels.