Rollins Innovation Summit

Aug 16, 2021—Aug 27, 2021


The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, Atlanta

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August 16-27, 2021
The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, Atlanta

The world has changed. We can no longer afford to separate our business activities from social and environmental impact. So how do we stay relevant? Better yet, how do we lead the way forward as intrapreneurs, citizens and business leaders? Learning how to apply best practices in entrepreneurship and design thinking, while incorporating public health strategies, such as implementation science, allows us to innovate to drive large-scale, positive change in our organizations and beyond.

At the Rollins Innovation Summit, you will work on-site at Emory to gain the applied skills needed to drive social good and business growth initiatives. You’ll collaborate with Rollins graduate students to develop a pilot plan specific to a pain point within your organization – because this is not just about professional development; it’s a career-defining opportunity to develop an actionable deliverable and kickstart something new.

Are you ready for the challenge?

What will you learn?
Innovation is the pursuit of new solutions to challenges. At the summit, we’ll combine traditional business innovation frameworks, with lessons in entrepreneurship, and key principles in implementation science. We approach innovation by breaking down industry silos to draw upon the strengths of each and create more effective approaches.
You’ll learn tools and best practices to quickly work through our proven cross-functional innovation approach:

  1. Identify – Lay the foundation for the innovation process by examining and defining the assumed problem and the target audience.
  2. Develop – Consider the different ways in which we can solve the defined problem. Start broadly and, through feedback and consideration, work toward a refined concept to pilot.
  3. Test – With our assumed solution, we design a strategy to test it and solve for any unseen issues.
  4. Implement – Address any needed changes in the testing phase. Launch the actual, final solution in a real-world environment.
  5. Monitor + Sustain – Evaluate and adjust our solution as it and the environment evolve. Consider the supports needed to sustain the efforts.
    By the end of the summit, you’ll leave with a pilot design, implementation strategy and organizational buy-in techniques needed to test a solution to a real-world problem at your organizations.
    This tried-and-tested innovation curriculum is based on 15 years of Orange Sparkle Ball experience creating innovation programs and running pilots, as well as health informatics and data expertise from Double Lantern Informatics. The summit experience will also draw from the vast knowledge and expertise of leaders at The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, as well as Rollins graduate students serving as thought partners.
    How do I know if this is for me?
    • You often think there’s a better way of doing things in your organization or your community.
    • You’re curious about design thinking and innovation.
    • You constantly have ideas and would like to gain tools to move them forward.
    • You’d like to learn how to get buy-in from your team or leadership to foster more innovation within your company.
    • You’re action-driven and are comfortable with uncertainty and experimentation.
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    How do I save my seat?
    Your tuition will support your attendance at the summit, as well as help provide a seat for a nonprofit leader. For more information:
    What if I am a nonprofit leader?
    We have a limited number of scholarship spots available for nonprofit, state and local government and community-based leaders. Apply here:
    How do I convince my leadership the summit is an important opportunity for me and for my organization?
  6. You’re ready to learn how to lead innovation efforts in your organization
  7. You’re committed to putting in the effort to develop your skills in cross-functional thinking and experiential learning
  8. Your organization needs a proven approach to accelerate the implementation of its innovation initiatives
  9. You’ll create an actionable pilot plan to take back to your organization to start immediately creating change and demonstrating the ROI of this opportunity
  10. You’ll build relationships to support yours and your organization’s innovation efforts

    More Information:
    For more information about the Summit:

    For an overview of Public Health Innovation at Rollins:

    The Rollins Innovation Summit is a joint effort between Rollins School of Public Health, Orange Sparkle Ball and Double Lantern Informatics and will be hosted at The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation.

    Rollins Innovation Summit Sessions:
    The following sessions are a sneak peak of the Rollins Innovation Summit. More to come!

    Ben Garrett, M.Div. – Your Map is No Good Here: Lessons From the Field
    Ben will guide summit attendees in a session on the why and how of community innovation – enabling them to clearly define the community they are working with and how they can create an environment for genuine co-design with this community.

    Shannon Clute, PhD, MA – Socializing Your Pilot
    Summit attendees will be passionate about their public health innovation pilot. They will know the impact it could have and where it might lead. However, how can they transfer that to their colleagues back at their organization? Shannon will lead attendees in learning how to socialize their pilot so it doesn’t end with just a plan.

    Melissa (Moose) Alperin, EdD, MPH, MCHES – What is Public Health?
    Attendees will kick off early in the summit with Moose’s What is Public Health? session, helping level-set the roles, responsibilities and potential for public health.

    Jodie Guest, PhD, MPH – Epidemiology 101
    Jodie will present Epidemiology 101. In addition to getting their footing on basic epidemiology terms, attendees will learn the principles of study design and how to use data literacy when navigating the media.

    Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH – Epidemiology in Action
    Eric, Chief of the Epidemiology Workforce Branch (EWB) and Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at the CDC, will provide attendees with an authentic look at epidemiology in action. EIS is a long-standing, globally recognized program, renowned for its investigative and emergency response efforts.

    Azhar Nizam, MS – Biostatistics 101
    Azhar will help Rollins Innovation Summit attendees see the potential in analyzing data to support change, how to communicate with data, and how to read studies/articles or view data provided by others with a critical eye and statistical acumen.

    Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH – Social Behavior 101
    Cam will guide attendees in theories for behavior change, focusing on the guiding principles to keep in mind as you investigate and go through a project analysis. The session will lead attendees to understand how to frame the problem and solutions as they work to understand the multiple levels of interventions needed to put real structures in place to support change. This will be supported by an understanding of the interim- and long-term data points available to measure success.

    Mark Conde and Elizabeth Sprouse, MPH
    Mark and Elizabeth will jump into the concept of systems thinking in taking a broader approach against a problem – leading attendees through tools such as information flow modeling to taking a systems perspective to the information/data within an ecosystem. They will also use examples within public health and clinical informatics (e.g., electronic medical records) to discuss system interoperability and harnessing the capability of APIs to make stronger systems and innovate new solutions (e.g., mobile apps).

    Rachel Hall-Clifford, PhD, MPH, MSc and Gari D. Clifford, DPhil – Applied Global Health – Co-design and Landscape Analysis
    Rachel and Gari will lead attendees in an applied global health session, focusing on co-design, which is the linchpin to program sustainability in a global setting, and landscape analysis – needs assessments/asset analysis within communities.

    Laurie Gaydos, PhD – Program Evaluation
    Laurie will guide attendees in understanding more about program evaluation – focusing on the components of program evaluation, why planning evaluation prior to program implementation is important, examples of program evaluation in action and an applied exercise to support attendees in learning program evaluation 101.