Partnerships make plain sense in the business world and healthcare is no exception. Throughout the years, Tabitha has bridged partnerships with hospitals, community organizations, religious institutions and even competitors. We all have so much to learn from one another!
A few years ago, we learned about an amazing organization - the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (OLLI at UNL). Check out their website here - http://olli.unl.edu/. Their mission centers around one simple concept - “Curiosity Never Retires.” They offer dozens of classes, seminars and special events specifically designed for lifelong learners ages 50 and above. That’s a mission Tabitha can get behind!
We first invited OLLI on our radio program, Answers on Aging (Check out our radio show here!www.tabitha.org/radio) to talk about their mission and how they encourage others to embrace the aging journey thorugh lifelong learning. Tabitha would then participate in OLLI’s annual open house event, but the partnership wouldn’t stop there.
In 2014, we partnered with OLLI, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and some amazing guest speakers to offer a unique (and free!) seminar series, Begin with The End in Mind. The three-part series invited OLLI members and the greater public to think differently about end-of-life, asking questions like “how would you write your own obituary?” The series was so popular, we brought it back in 2015 with new speakers, expanding on the topics and broadening its reach by offering a live webcast.
Partnerships, like the one between Tabitha and OLLI, don’t blossom overnight. It takes time to cultivate and to think about what each organization can offer one another. As with the Begin with The End in Mind seminar series, both organizations thought outside the box to fulfill what turned out to be a much needed community event and resource.
In the healthcare world, working together means thinking out of the box and taking the extra effort to cultivate partnerships. You may find you have more in common than you think!
To learn more about the Begin with The End in Mind seminar series, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.