COLLABORATION STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT

UNITING AND MOBILIZING ABLE HANDS, BRIGHT MINDS, AND PASSIONATE HEARTS

Once a challenge has been identified and defined, it tends to pose two basic questions: "How can it best be resolved?" and "By whom?" For the patient, these questions may sound like "What do I need to do to feel better?” and "Where do I go for help?" For physicians, "What's the best course of treatment for this patient?" and "Who else should be on the care team?" It's largely the same when it comes to closing healthcare gaps: "What's the smartest approach for this initiative?” and "Who are the best people for the job?"

Regardless of the situation, when you turn to others to help answer those questions, you want those people to be qualified and intelligent, and you want them to care: "Able hands, bright minds, passionate hearts." These concepts underscore everything we do at Forefront Collaborative. They frame our work as we build and implement initiative strategy, guide us as we research and select suitable collaborators, and instruct us as we dedicate resources toward driving projects and partnerships to successful outcomes.

DYNAMIC CUSTOMIZED LEARNING

CREATING CUTTING-EDGE USER-FOCUSED EXPERIENCES

20 years in, we continue to find that traditional adult learning principles can be applied in new ways to fit the ever-changing needs and styles of learners. With a flood of distractions in daily life, as well as competing educational activities, we're also acutely aware of the need to create experiences that not only succeed in capturing a learner's attention, but add critical value to his or her educational goals. In order to achieve the outcomes we aspire to, that means reaching learners on their terms and asking what motivates them. What are we trying to get them to change? How can we use venue, media, and technology platforms to facilitate that change? Equipped with those answers, we pursue intuitive, creative, and even improvisational tactics to design user-focused experiences and put them into action.

APPLIED EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND DESIGN

STRENGTHENING THE EVIDENCE/PRACTICE INTERCHANGE

We actively engage the healthcare community every day and it's no surprise that their needs are ever-changing. To keep pace, we pilot new educational approaches, allotting the time and resources necessary to assess and understand what works and under what circumstances—and we share our findings with our community. It's through such applied research, and the dissemination and promotion of results, that new ideas are uncovered that have a higher likelihood of taking hold in our community, eventually leading to improving clinical practices and lives. Not only does this raise awareness of important healthcare education issues and possible solutions, but we believe that in doing so, we are raising the bar for our colleagues (and ourselves) through a healthy exchange of ideas, information, and results.

PATIENT EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES

EDUCATING PATIENTS TO BE PARTNERS

While you're reading this, countless patients across the globe are googling their symptoms while they wait to see their doctor, trying to nail down their own diagnosis. Or maybe they're posting to a forum about their experience or flicking through the thousands of health–related apps jockeying for consumer attention every second of the day. There are more opportunities for patients to access healthcare information than ever before. The downside is that informed doesn't necessarily mean educated; equipped doesn't imply adept.

On the bright side, the popularity and abundant supply of consumer-focused healthcare tools means patients want to be actively involved in their healthcare, to be more of a partner in their care than a passive recipient. And, they want to help other patients. Harnessing this passion with the goal of educating both patients and healthcare professionals without commercial influence or bias is a mission of Forefront Collaborative.