Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dept. of Health and Human Services with Alex McFarland of FCAA Ohio
The White House Community Partnership Summits are day-long programs held in 12 cities across the country, which bring senior Obama Administration officials and Agency staff from diverse policy areas together with civic, community, non-profit and business leaders to discuss issues critical to each particular community, region, and the nation.
These Summits are designed to connect senior Obama Administration officials from diverse policy areas with community, civic, non-profit, and business leaders to discuss issues critical to the their communities and to the nation.
The goals of the White House Community Partnership Summits are:
1.) Relationship Building—To establish a space where community leaders can meaningfully engage and interact with key decision and policy makers in the Obama Administration (regional and from Washington) on diverse policy areas that affect their community.
2. ) Obama Administration 101— To ensure that participants gain a deeper understanding of the Administration’s work, learn how they can connect with the Federal Government at the local level, and plan for the work yet to be done
3. ) Sharing Ideas—To empower participants to identify policy and programmatic areas of concern to their community. Administration officials will receive and respond to constructive criticism and feedback, and identify local success stories and practices in policy areas that could benefit other communities across the country.
4. ) Working Together—To allow participants to connect with one another and Administration officials to bring specific tools to amplify and leverage community solutions. Participants and Administration officials will work together to identify and develop opportunities for leaders and stakeholders to collaborate with the Obama Administration and other leaders from the community and across the country.
The White House Office of Public Engagement encourages continued conversation on their online forum.