We look forward to connecting with the RC community at our upcoming very special 10th Annual RCRC Roundtable - we hope you will join us!

2020 RCRC Roundtable Nov 4-6Building a Relational Society
Through Multilevel Systems Change

VIRTUAL EVENT | November 4-6, 2020

Elizabeth Teisberg, PhD
Cullen Trust for Higher Education Distinguished University Chair
Dell Medical School and the McCombs School of Business

Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, MPP
CEO and Cofounder, Iora Health


Exciting news!

The Relational Coordination Research Collaborative is in the process of expanding the breadth and impact of our research and practice. After 10 wonderful years of nurturing, growth and support, and with strong guidance from the RCRC Board, we are transitioning the RCRC outside of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

During the transition, our work will continue! Registration is open for the fall workshops Improving Work Processes with Relational Coordination (9/17 and 10/8-10) and Advanced Methods for Improving Relational Coordination (11/16-18) courses, and for the virtual 10th Annual RCRC Roundtable (11/4-6). 

We will be announcing more information about the transition and updated program offerings in the coming weeks, stay tuned!

News & Announcements

NEW POST by RCRC Board Vice Chair, John Paul Stephens

"Sharing experiences and emotions amidst racial unrest"

John Paul Stephens, Case Western University with Douglas Lepisto, Western Michigan University

"...how does one orient, process, and take action amidst the rapid, unfolding, and swirling deluge of information, story, symbol, data, and emotion? We offer a simple framework that we and others have found useful to facilitate listening, thinking, and acting. This is not a framework centered on race, but rather a framework to make sense of the flow and flux of recent events and ultimately take effective action."


NEW PODCAST with RCRC Executive Director, Jody Hoffer Gittell

COVID Chronicles with Jenny Rudolph, CMS

Jenny Rudolph, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Medical Simulation, interviews the RCRC's Executive Director Jody Hoffer Gittell about relationships and work coordination in the time of COVID. Jenny is an organization behavior scholar on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia Critical Care and Pain Medicine, and department of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.


Jody Hoffer Gittell | TEDxRochester

"The Power of a Simple Idea"

Today's organizations continue to be structured much like organizations were at the time of the Industrial Revolution. This structure informs our mental models and the way we approach each other and our work. Dr. Jody Hoffer Gittell's ground breaking research helps us understand why that may no longer serve us and how coordinating our work relationally matters. She argues that gaining awareness of and skill in such relational coordination may enable us to be more agile and perform the adaptive work of our time.


RCRC Health Systems Learning Network

Open to health systems that are Organizational Partners of the RCRC. 

The RCRC Health Systems Learning Network provides an opportunity for health system leaders to check in and advise one another about their change efforts, facilitated by Tony Suchman of Relationship Centered Health Care, Marjorie Godfrey of The Dartmouth Institute Microsystems Academy, and Jody Hoffer Gittell of Brandeis University and the RCRC.





We are in a remarkable moment now, fraught with risk and opportunity. The opportunity is to harness this unique moment when old patterns of interaction have already been interrupted and bring teams back together in a way that advances teamwork and systemness and helps them create their new future state. To help focus on the intentional leadership that this time demands, the Academy on Communication in Healthcare (ACH) and the RCRC joined forces to offer a new program entitled, “Reuniting teams after the COVID-19 surge: Recalibrating for a new future.” 


The Relational Society Project

We need to build a relational society, starting in the communities where we live. At the root of our challenges are damaged relationships that need to be re-built in a far more inclusive way. At the micro level, we need human empathy, at the meso level we need coordinated collective action, and at the macro level we need supportive institutions.

The RCRC community has launched the Relational Society Projectwith participating sites in the US, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Nigeria, China and Pakistan to understand how communities solve complex population health challenges through relationships at each level.


New RC Cafe Video

Did you miss our last Partner Cafe?
View the recording online

Organizational Resilience in the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

Kenny Cole, Ochsner Health
Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health
Alice Andrews, Value Institute for Health and Care
Heather Gilmartin, Denver/Seattle Center for Innovation, Veterans Health Administration
Jen Perloff, Institute for Accountable Care, Brandeis University

Jody Hoffer Gittell, RCRC, Brandeis University


Partner News

Lauren Hajjar, PhD is hosting a new website, Voices of Public Leaders, a new podcast intended to capture the perspectives of those working in the public sector- at local, state and federal levels as well as those in nonprofit organizations - particularly during these unprecedented times. 

Stay tuned: Season 1 episodes will be released Spring 2020!


How RC Transforms Organizations

In Health Care

"The nurses and therapists started to ask each other, 'What is timely communication for you?' and soon realized that, if the therapists would visit the ICU in the mornings they could better address patient needs and reduce discharge delays. Just one example, and it was not a top-down solution."

- ICU Clinical Coordinator, Billings Clinic

In Education

"Recognizing every person's experience as unique, we can connect to each other through a deep understanding and acknowledgement of race, ethnicity and culture. This will ensure that we are mindful, respectful and inclusive."

- Superintendent, Rochester City Schools

In Communities

"We haven't had a tool before for measuring this. One thing is talking about networks; now we can see it."

- Director of Social Health and Employment, Varde Municipality, Denmark

Learn more about RCRC partnership