“The mission of NASPGN is to be a world leader in advancing the science and clinical practice of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition in health and disease.”
In order to develop a framework that will help the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGN) accomplish this mission over the next one to five years, a stratetgic planning session was held in a hotel at the O'Hare Airport in Chicago on October 19, 2000. Assembled for this one day meeting was a regional cross section of 32 NASPGN members including committee chairs, members of the Executive Council and Officers. With the assistance of a facilitator, the group followed an in depth process that has been validated to produce a useful strategic plan for non-profit organizations.
In June, members of the strategic planning group were divided into seven working groups or “scanning groups.” Each scanning group convened twice by conference call. Over the summer, the scanning groups prepared a set of 50 issue briefs covering the seven broad topics of Clinical Practice, Economic and Financial Issues, NASPGN External Relationships, NASPGN Organization and Membership, Professional Education, Public Education and Advocacy, and Research.
Gathered in Chicago, the strategic planning participants reviewed these briefs as well as the NASPGN membership needs assessment survey and an internal assessment profile. Following this review, each participant was asked to compose vision statements reflecting where NASPGN should be in the year 2010. Based on this vision exercise, six different focus areas were identified and the participants were divided into working groups to write goals and objectives for NASPGN to achieve as part of its strategic plan.
The objectives will address ways to: 1) improve the relationship of NASPGN with other professional and governmental organizations, 2) enhance the presence of NASPGN, 3) streamline the organization and effect a long term financial plan, 4) improve training, 5) improve clinical practice, and 6) improve research and research funding in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. The draft strategic plan is being finalized and a report will be sent to the membership for review and comment. We look forward to working with our colleagues to make NASPGN an even more productive and effective organization in the future.