Although I studied, and have a graduate degree in political science I learned early there is no “science” to trying to change public policy. It is more of an art. An art that is constantly evolving and growing through the development and sharing of good ideas and lessons learned. The cohort of HealthConnect Fellows is not a group of novices. All of them, as well as the mentors, have experiences to share and contribute to this growing body of knowledge.
Even the most participatory training or interactive class is built on the same assumption: The presenter has mastered a finite body of knowledge and the recipients can attend the training and receive it. The HealthConnect Fellowship is not a training! Instead we have deliberately chosen a fellowship format to maximize the sharing among peers. All of us are practitioners. None of us are masters.
So, the teachers will learn and the students will teach. All while we are trying to create real change. Because win, lose or draw there are always lessons learned and mistakes not to be repeated (by you are anyone else).
Teenagers in jumpsuits lying on yoga mats, their eyes closed, their bodies still. This is the image Megan Hoxhalli describes as remarkable for juvenile detention, a place where youth arrive shaken, dysregulated, and scared about their future.