Board Minutes: August 21, 2019: 11:30-1:10PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

August 21, 2019, 11:30 – 1:10PM

Present: Board members Michael O’Neill, Tiffany Ames, Louise Brown, Pastor Megan Filer, Zaheen Khan, Tim Krueger, Ray VanTongeren and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator. Guests were Amanda Davis, Cowlitz County Health Department, and Marv Kasameier, Pastor, New Song Worship Center.

Excused: Kay Gunter, Olivia Aumiller

Unexcused: none

Quorum: Yes

Welcome and Introductions: Michael welcomed the Board members and guests and asked everyone to introduce themselves.

Additions to the Agenda: Non-discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy

Non-discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy: The Network Board members reviewed the Network’s Non-discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy. Michael suggested his work email be added as the person to contact if there are any concerns. The Network Board members approved and signed the policy.

July 17, 2019 Minutes: The Board meeting minutes were sent to Board members for their review prior to the Board meeting. The three actions listed in the meeting minutes were reviewed and discussed. All actions were completed.

Motion to approve the July 17, 2019 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Ray; second: Tiffany. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Grant Status Report:

Current Grants Status:

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This new funding for Financial Literacy Training is available for one year through June 30, 2020, and will be used to train at-risk youth and families who live in poverty or have very low incomes, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or are financially vulnerable. Amount expended through July 31, 2019, $1,049 ($400 for professional liability insurance); amount reimbursed is none.

-Behavioral Health Grant Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care ($22,900). The new funding for Behavioral Health training is available for two years through June 30, 2021. The funding will be used to help children with behavioral challenges in child care by providing training for childcare providers and family members who work with and/or have children with behavioral challenges. Amount expended through July 31, 2019, $1,278 ($495 for professional liability insurance); amount reimbursed is none.

-Draw the Line ($750). This funding will be used to host a Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking during the 2019 calendar year. An idea of partnering with a sports professional and sharing a positive message is being considered.

-Health Forum ($200). This funding was used to host a Health Forum on August 8. The goal was to get a grass-roots impression of health services in Cowlitz County. Amount expended through August 8, $200; amount reimbursed, $200.

Approval of Expenditures:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $4,496.33 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

Invoice #413-2019       Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc, Phone, June 2019                    $     15.65

Invoice #2019 9T        Cowlitz County Treasurer, August payroll/processing               $3,000.00

Invoice 2019 2             Sharon Weinhold, Supplies/Mileage                                         $1,480.68    

Payroll for the period July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019 was $2,507.56, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $54.66. Of the $1,480.68, $895 was for the professional liability insurance and $500 was for books for a Conscious Discipline book club. As of July 31, 2019, the balance in the checking account used for payroll and payroll processing was $2,299. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Louise; second: Pastor Megan. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Financial Literacy Training:

-Grant Details. The Financial Literacy Grant funding is for training at-risk youth and families who have very low incomes, are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, or are financially vulnerable. The training topics are geared to the audience and may include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing and more depending on the audience.

-The Network completed Money Smart Money Matters trainings on July 19 and August 12 for 10 students from Community Jobs, Longview Housing, Veterans Affairs, and others. The Network also participated in a Resource Fair at CAP on July 11, August 1 and August 8. On August 13, the Network provided financial literacy information to parents and students at the Wallace Elementary School Back to School event.

-The Network is scheduled to present Money Smart training to the Life Skills Class at Life Works on October 3 and is working with Columbia Wellness to schedule a time to present financial literacy training for their clients on a recurring 8-week cycle.

-The Network will present Conscious Discipline information at the Youth and Family Link Back to School Fair and Kalama Resource Fair on August 22 and August 27.

Behavioral Health Grant:

-Grant Details. The Behavioral Health Grant funding provides technical assistance and training for child care providers who serve children with behavioral issues, and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges.

-Under the new contract, the Network presented Conscious Discipline training for the CASA staff and volunteers (11 attendees) on August 13. A Conscious Discipline training which is open to the public is scheduled for September 30 at New Song Worship Center.

ACTION: Finalize flyer for the September 30 Conscious Discipline training event at New Song Worship Center in Lexington and email to Network Board members so they can share with their contacts. (All)

-The Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has contacted the Network regarding ACEs training in September or October. Work is ongoing with the Cowlitz Tribe to find a time to present Conscious Discipline training for their childcare staff.

-The Network purchased the book, “Managing Emotional Mayhem” for the next book club to begin in September. Zaheen suggested the Network submit a request to Fibre Federal Credit Union and ask if they would pay for the books for the book club. The books are provided to book club participants at no cost.

ACTION: Submit a request to Fibre Federal Credit Union and ask for their support in purchasing the book, “Managing Emotional Mayhem” for the book club to begin in September. (Sharon)

-The Network will present Conscious Discipline information at the Youth and Family Link Back to School Fair and Kalama Resource Fair on August 22 and August 27.

Community Charter Meeting: A Save the Date email was sent to Community Charter members to alert them to the next meeting on October 3, 10-11:30am, at the County Administration Building. Potential agenda items include an update of Conscious Discipline training, the Family Support Group for families with children with extreme behavior and mental health challenges, and Right Response training.

Health Forum: The Network received an invitation from Pathways 2020 to host a health forum to get a grass-roots impression of health services in our area. The feedback from our forum and six other similar forums will help to plan a second round of forums that address improvements to care coordination and integration, prevention and mitigation of ACEs, improvements to health care access, prevention and management of chronic care, and enhancement of economic and educational opportunities. The Network hosted its forum on August 8 and submitted the required report on August 9. The report is attached to these minutes.

Review/Feedback on Events:

-CAP Resource Fair, every Thursday, 2:30-3:30pm, CAP

-Wallace School, Back to School Event, Aug 13

Upcoming Events:

-FYSPR, third Tuesday of every month, 4:30 – 6pm, Youth and Family Link

-Building a Culture of Hope Summit to Foster Community Resilience, Aug 21, 5:30-7pm, RA Long

-Youth and Family Link Back to School Event, Aug 22, 10-12pm

-Kalama Elementary School Back to School Event, Aug 27, 4-6pm

-Conscious Discipline Training, Sep 30, New Song Worship Center

-Early Learning Conference “Deep Dive Into Early Learning,” Oct 5, 8–4pm, LCC

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Finalize flyer for September 30 Conscious Discipline training event at New Song Worship Center in Lexington and email to Network Board members so they can share with their contacts. (All)

ACTION: Submit a request to Fibre Federal Credit Union and ask for their support in purchasing the book, “Managing Emotional Mayhem” for the book club to begin in September. (Sharon)

Next Meeting: September 18, 2019

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Health Forum Report

The Cowlitz Community Network hosted a Health Forum on Thursday, August 8, 9-10am at the Cowlitz County Administration Building Annex. Michael O’Neill was the facilitator; the Forum Attendees were:

Kristina Henderson, Youth and Family Link

Pamela Dickey, Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church Learning Center

Michelle Ashby, Cowlitz County Health and Human Services

Valorie Futcher, Columbia Wellness

Dana McKee, SeaMar Community Health Center

Tiffany Ames, Life Works

Mindy Leasure, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Childhood Education Assistant Programs

Dr. Phyllis Cavens, Child and Adolescent Clinic

Kara Harris, The Progress Center

The following questions and responses are listed below:

1-What barriers exist that keep residents from accessing medical, behavioral health, or dental services in our County?

-Access to 211 and education for agencies about this resource

-No Insurance, high co-pay or deductible, not knowing where insurance is accepted or what is covered, insurance lapsing because no physical address

-Cost of services needed

-Lack of knowledge of the services available; not aware of free get well checks/prevention from birth

-Uninformed about need for care; not a priority because of life circumstances (health literacy)

-Long wait lists for children with behavior issues (locally and out of town) for evaluation

-Other priorities, lifestyles, education, financial worries

-Not able to leave work for health care; must work to pay bills

-Process of accessing resources, confused by paperwork/system restrictions

-Stigma

-Transportation, not available or takes too long to get where need to go

-Trauma, social isolation

-Piece meal treatment, not treating the whole person

2-What is a positive improvement in health care in our County?

-More agencies with a viewpoint of collaboration and improving health care

-More agencies with care coordination

-More agencies with outreach and advocacy

-Planet Fitness offered free membership for teens this summer to give exercise opportunity

-Wrap around care; increasing holistic approach

-More community events and education-exercise programs, trails, school gardens, WIC, Dental Program, Janus Youth, Family Promise, community health workers, new agencies, Conscious Discipline training

-Large community push for awareness, seeking solutions and closing gaps

-More free activities, gardens, Link, Conscious Discipline training

-Strong local partnerships, cross agency communication, behavioral health integration

-ABCD for kid’s dental still strong

-More pediatricians

-More kids getting services for developmental delay

-Did well through measles crisis

-Early childhood programs involved with Early Achievers do assessments and referrals

-Teams meeting around autism

3-When looking at health care in the County, if you could change one thing to make it better, what would it be?

-Training/education for teachers on emotion/trauma regulation for students in the classroom

-Behavioral services in the County/specialized care

-Autism specialists and services

-Low to no cost child care and transportation options

-Parental ACEs on all new born families at St John and appropriate assigned resources at birth

-Stronger support for homeless

-Easier access to behavioral health services for kids (local and timely appointments)

-Affordable and competent childcare for kids with behavior needs

-Increase of mental health providers for both children and adults

-More training for school staff on regulating students; more onsite mental health counseling at schools

-Education = awareness of programs, resources and options

-More specialists available locally

-Respite programs

-More support for relative caregivers

Social norms campaign to educate parents/adults on importance of each aspect of health care and options

-Better intrinsic behavioral health services for children

-Way to find those falling through the crack

-Creation of a therapeutic center for children in crisis and trauma (from one invited but couldn’t attend)

4-Please rank the following topics in order of importance to you (1-5 with 1 being the most important)

Prevention and mitigation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (5 selected as #1; 2 as #2)

Improvements to care coordination and integration (2 selected as #1; 4 as #2)

Improvements to health care access (2 selected as #1; 3 as #2)

Enhancement of economic and educational opportunities (Mostly #3 or #4)

Prevention and management of chronic care (6 selected as #5; 2 as #4)

Participants said all 5 are important, most are interrelated and some will result if address others first.  If children get a better start in life, they will have fewer issues later. Example, if mitigate ACEs and improve care coordination, chronic care will improve. Some said chronic care was being addressed already.

5- What’s an important detail about your favorite topic for future forums to address?

-Home visits (linked to improvements to care coordination and integration)

-Looking at hard data to identify reported barriers to access health care (linked to improvements to health care access)

-Parental ACEs on all new born families at St John and appropriate assigned resources at birth (linked to prevention and mitigation of ACEs)

-Behavioral health needs for children; trained child care providers for children with special needs (linked to improvements to care coordination and integration) 

Sharon Weinhold

Cowlitz Community Network

360-442-7089

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