Greer Glazer, dean of the UC College of Nursing, asked the group to use the workshop to think of different approaches to those challenges.
“Those of us who have been doing this for so long, we’ve been trying to impact the issues, but yet we keep trying the same things over and over, and we get the same results,” Glazer said. “I really believe you’re going to get some new information and it will cause you to think differently. You will come up with some ideas that you have absolutely never thought of.”
This workshop is exemplary of the innovation and urban impact agendas highlighted in UC's Next Lives Here strategic direction.
David Adams, chief innovation officer for UC, introduced the Innovation Hub space, explaining that it had opened up in October 2018 as a place where students and faculty who want to start businesses can come through a venture lab and a process were they can be connected to capital, teams and organizations to help accelerate the entrepreneurial agenda.
“We’re very fortunate that dean Glazer here is a trailblazer at the University of Cincinnati,” Adams said. “For the past two years, all freshmen nursing students have been going through our makerspace. As I got to know Greer, she indicated nursing students are at the bedside and have all kinds of ideas for products to help patients, but don’t know what to do with those ideas. Here at UC, we provide the tools and education to help bring those things to life.”
Under the guidance of Boyd, representatives from each of the institutions wrote the health care issue they had identified as their focus on a flip chart using visuals or diagrams. Then, all the groups went around the room on a gallery walk, pausing to review and discuss the listed issues. Once the groups had reassembled, Boyd facilitated group discussions about the various issues.