Board Minutes: September 18, 2019: 11:30-1:00pm

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

September 18, 2019, 11:30 – 1:00PM

Present: Board members Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Tiffany Ames, Olivia Aumiller, Louise Brown, Pastor Megan Filer, Tim Krueger, and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator. Guests were Amanda Davis and Rebecca Kirkwood, Cowlitz County Health Department, and Marv Kasameier, Pastor, New Song Worship Center.

Excused: Zaheen Khan, Ray VanTongeren

Unexcused: none

Quorum: Yes

Welcome and Introductions: Michael welcomed the Board members and guests and asked that introductions be made around the table.

Additions to the Agenda: None

August 21, 2019 Minutes: The Board meeting minutes were sent to Board members for their review prior to the Board meeting. The two actions listed in the meeting minutes were reviewed and discussed. Both actions were completed.

Motion to approve the August 21, 2019 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Kay; second: Tiffany. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Grant Status Report:

Current Grants Status:

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This 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 August 31, 2019, $1,702; amount reimbursed is $1,049.

-Behavioral Health Grant Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care ($22,900). This 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 August 31, 2019, $2,143; amount reimbursed is $1,278.

-Draw the Line ($750). This funding will be used to host a Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking during the 2019 calendar year. Several ideas are being considered. One is partnering with a sports professional and sharing a positive message; another is partnering with the Youth and Family Link Prevention Squad.

-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 $3,016.98 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

Invoice #472-2019      Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc, Phone, June 2019                    $     16.98

Invoice #2019 10T       Cowlitz County Treasurer, September payroll/processing         $3,000.00

Payroll for the period August 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019 was $2,507.56, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $54.66. As of August 31, 2019, the balance in the checking account used for payroll and payroll processing was $5,756. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Pastor Megan; second: Louise. 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 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 is scheduled to present Money Smart training to the Life Skills Class at Life Works on October 3.

-The Network is scheduled to present Financial Literacy training to Columbia Wellness clients on November 6, February 26 and April 22, at 11:15am and 4:30pm each of those days.

-The Network is working with Lifeworks to schedule financial literacy training for the Holland Reunion group possibly in December.

-The Network presented financial literacy information at the Youth and Family Link Back to School Fair and Kalama Resource Fair on August 22 and August 27.

-The Network participated in the CAP Resource Fair on September 12 and shared money management tips and information to improve a credit score.

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.

– A Conscious Discipline training which is open to the childcare providers, organizations that serve families and children, and family members is scheduled for September 30 at New Song Worship Center.

-The Network is working with Lifeworks to schedule Conscious Discipline training for the Holland Reunion group possibly in December.

-The first book club meeting to discuss Becky Bailey’s book Managing Emotional Mayhem, was held on September 17. The 27 participants were from Childcare Centers, Love Overwhelming, Emergency Support Shelter, Lower Columbia CAP, Longview School District, and churches. Many worked with children with behavior challenges; most were parents with children with severe behavior challenges. Some had participated in the first book club and wanted to continue the conversation; others were just getting acquainted to Conscious Discipline. Because of the diverse group, the goal of the meeting was to lay the foundation for the discussions in the following meetings.

-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 later in the year.

-The Network presented 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: The next Community Charter meeting is scheduled for 10-11:30am, at the County Administration Building. The meeting format and agenda items were discussed. Ideas presented were to begin with Community Charter objectives, review topic areas identified at the June 6 Community Charter meeting and get feedback on them, and then identify ways to continue the progress on those areas. The goal will be to select a focus area for 2020 and recruit a small committee that will identify actions steps for that area. Michael agreed to prepare an agenda to be emailed to Community Charter members by the end of the week.

ACTION: Prepare an agenda for the Community Charter meeting. (Michael)

ACTION: Email the proposed Community Charter meeting agenda to Community Charter members by the end of the week. (Sharon)

Health Forum: The Network hosted a health forum on August 9. Feedback on the forum and report summarizing the forum results were well received. Information about follow on 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 are expected to be available in the next couple weeks.

Review/Feedback on Events:

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

-The Youth and Family Link and Kalama Back to School Events went very well. Parents were very interested in learning about the Conscious Discipline and Financial Literacy trainings that the Network provides. Over 60 people signed up to receive the emails from the Network that contain strategies for working with and helping children succeed.

Upcoming Events:

-Conscious Discipline training and potluck, September 30, 5:30pm at New Song Worship Center in Lexington.

-Community Charter meeting, October 3, 10-11:30am, Cowlitz County Administration Building, 3rd floor meeting room.

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

-Book Club meetings, 3rd Tuesday of every month through January, Head Start.

-Early Learning Conference “Deep Dive Into Early Learning,” Oct 5, 8–4pm, LCC. [Louise and Sharon will be volunteering at the Conference.]

-Accessible Communities Advisory Committee Meeting, October 8, 10:30am. Cowlitz County Administration Building, 3rd floor meeting room

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Prepare an agenda for the Community Charter meeting. (Michael)

ACTION: Email the proposed Community Charter meeting agenda to Community Charter members by the end of the week. (Sharon)

Next Meeting: October 16, 2019

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