Jordan Parks is the Community Program Manager at LIVESTRONG, The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Within this role he created and manages the Community Impact Project, the foundation’s innovative grant process where evidence based programs are replicated in dozens of new communities across the US. Prior to joining LIVESTRONG Jordan worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation in Harlem, in conjunction with the American Heart Association on the creation and implementation of public health campaign for US schools. Jordan is a graduate of Texas Christian University, and lives in Austin where he enjoys all that the Texas hill country has to offer.
Questions and Answers
Our 2011 Community Impact Project just finished in the beginning of June; I’m currently working on launching the more than 90 programs that will start this year across the country. After weeks of promotion, online voting, and community engagement it is now time for implementation.
I’m particularly proud of a program we co-created with our partners at the Cancer Support Community: Cancer Transitions. Cancer Transitions provides support, information, and resources to people toward the end, or after, their treatment. Having the opportunity to read the anonymous surveys that come in after people have completed the program has been very insightful as to the need. People love the program and take so much away from it. By late summer 2011 we’ll be funding the dissemination and implementation of this program in more than 70 communities across the country.
I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a lesson we’ve learned during this process, but definitely one that we follow. It’s important to remember that what works in one community might not work in another, that being said we’re flexible with our programs and encourage facilitators to further develop and adapt the program for their population, while balancing the general focus and format of the prescribed plan.
I’m currently reading The Transcendent Man by Ron Kurzweil. The book details what the author believes will be the future of technology, medicine, and the human race in general due to the exponential growth we’re currently seeing in our own knowledge, pretty fascinating!