"Jim is simply not like other consultants who come and go as opportunities present themselves. When you engage him in your work he genuinely is interested in learning more about your organization culture, interacting with your staff and constituents, and making himself part of your team - all things that are simply too rare these days. His commitment not only to delivering a quality product, but a quality product that meets an identified need, is unmatched."
South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
"Coming into our Mozambique initiative, Jim was an incredibly quick study. He very quickly determined the need in translating the research findings into training materials and made the training accessible and fun for participants. In training trainers, his deep understanding of training technique and flow were invaluable in helping less seasoned trainers develop confidence to carry the work forward!"
University of California San Francisco
"Jim's expert facilitation made our difficult planning process efficient, productive, and enjoyable. I knew Jim was a strong facilitator, but he also quickly understood the specific issues facing our program, and designed appropriate interventions to guide our planning process. Our managers and supervisors commented on how helpful it was to work with Jim, and what a great sense of humor!"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Jim Sacco understands the American HIV epidemic as well as anyone does, and communicates his pragmatic and compassionate wisdom to learners. He brings warmth, steady energy, and a sense of humor to the tasks of facilitating and training. He is a conscientious trainer and colleague, generously sharing himself, calmly allowing space for work to happen, and demonstrating a marvelous ability to think on his feet. Jim is extraordinarily skilled at translating the best of learning theory and knowledge of behavioral science into practical, interactive training experiences."
Felicia Guest, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
"I have worked with Jim closely on the planning committees for a number of public health meetings (for both WHO and PEPFAR) involving a wide range of international stakeholders. Jim excels in meeting planning, in moving agendas forward, and distilling consensus out of committees with a range of opinions and goals. He is simply one of the best facilitators out there, bringing active listening, attention to detail, a capacity to understand the nuances of technical areas and communicate context and content. Most importantly he carries a quick wit and sense of humor to make each participant feel welcome and heard."
"In training our case managers, he earned credibility as someone who had done the work and understands the difficulty in implementing a medical case management system in challenging times. Jim's facilitation skills came into play immediately by creating rapport with the attendees, focusing on the topic, and encouraging the attendees to participate. Jim possess an excellent understanding of how health departments work by bridging state and local needs for overall goal of improving the health of most vulnerable populations."
IL Department of Public Health
More than 30 years experience creating custom-designed training on a wide range of public health/mental health topics. Ongoing clients include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Minority AID Council N.C. Evidence-Based Practice Center, Emory University, and state and local health departments throughout the U.S.
Since 1989, have provided a wide range of facilitation service to academic,governmental and community-based organizations. Services include strategic planning , board/staff retreats , community fora, and external stakeholder consultations. Previous consultations include needs assessment,program planning, background research in
Extensive experience developing and facilitating Motivational Interviewing [MI] training in public health settings.Trained beginning and intermediate level MI, provide coaching and facilitation of small group skill-acquisition sessions focused on MI integration.Provide support to MI coaches/mentors in North Carolina Medicaid case