Families USA's SHARE Initiative will have two main components, the State Innovation Learning Collaborative (SILC) and Strategic Advocacy Campaigns (SAC).

SILC will be an ongoing, permanent initiative focused on information sharing and learning among all participants in SHARE, while SAC will be a collection of strategic, targeted, time-limtited campaigns focused only in particular states at the most strategic times. 

The State Innovation Learning Collaborative (SILC)

The Learning Collaborative will utilize a variety of methods to create a vibrant, frequent, and efficient flow of information between and among state advocate and federal health policy advocates.

Modeled after the learning strategies of many universities, some of the learning will be synchronous (group learning occurring at the same time) and some will be asynchronous (individuals learning at separate times). In addition, some learning will take place in traditional formats, such as phone calls, webinars, or day-long health policy academies, and some learning will utilize the tools of digital engagement such as videos and interactive digital dialogues through the internet and social media.

Examples of SILC activities:

  • A “model policy library” consisting of model laws, regulations, state plan amendments, and any other policy related guidance. 
  • Bi-monthly conference calls with advocates from many states moderated by Families USA staff to discuss innovative policies that states and advocates are considering.
  • Smaller working group conference calls to address particular topics in more detail that are of particular interest to a subset of S.H.A.R.E. participants.
  • The production and broad distribution of a wide range of issue briefs, fact sheets, and infographics.
  • The provision of one-on-one technical assistance by Families USA staff via telephone and email to further discuss envelope-pushing policy issues and best practices.
  • “State Health Innovation Policy Academies.” Day-long conferences co-hosted by Families USA and a state consumer group and/or state-based funder to explore various policy ideas in detail.
  • A “Digital Learning Community” that will use various media to convey information, such as short videos and online modular training materials and encourage digital interaction among participants.

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