Good Reads to Inspire Innovation

This post is part of NACHC’s monthly Innovation Blog Series hosted by our Center for Community Health Innovation.

We asked staff around NACHC what they read, watched, or listened to this year that they found helpful in expanding their thinking or introduced new ideas. See the list below. There are many more resources out there, share what you found insightful on your innovation journey this year in the comments.

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck (book) – explores the growth mindset, which Ted has found helpful in his professional and personal life.

Ted Henson, Director of Health Center Growth and Development

“Impact of Random Acts of Kindness” (article in the New York Times) – the article shows how small actions every day can have a big impact. Elizabeth shares, “especially given how the pandemic physically distanced us from one another, small acts of kindness have become paramount to re-establishing the human connections that were lost and have changed because of the pandemic.” She continues, “I have come to really value small acts of kindness.”

Elizabeth Linderbaum, Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs

“Reckoning with Racism in Nursing” (video interviews) – a collection of conversations about the experiences of racism in the nursing profession highlighting the issues and challenges facing nurses of color and proposed solutions.

Dr. Wanda Montalvo, Senior Fellow, Public Health Integration and Innovation

“Daily Devotional” (book) – “The one thing I have remained consistent about is to read my daily Bible verse,” said Sanetra. She finds inspiration, grounding, and self-care with the readings.

Sanetra Mitchell Smith, Deputy Director of Contracts and Procurement

Creative Acts for Curious People” by Sarah Stein Greenberg (book) – provides an array of activities, both individual and group based, to help think outside the box. Camila says, “This has become my go to book whenever I need to lead innovative thinking, workshops, meetings… I think this is a must in the toolbox of any aspiring innovator.”

Camila Silva, Deputy Director of Innovation

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong (book) – Cassie found the story to be incredibly moving. Though not directly related to health care, she says, “the themes throughout of racism, LGBTQIA experiences, and addiction speak to the realities of so many of the marginalized patients and communities that health centers serve… To learn about and have compassion for other people and their experiences grounds us all in the health center movement.”

Cassie Lindholm, Deputy Director of Quality Center

We hope these offerings inspire your thinking in 2023!