Board Minutes: September 18, 2013: 11:30 – 1:00PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

CWCOG Meeting Room

September 18, 2013, 11:30 – 1:00 PM


Present: Kay Gunter, Randy Heath, Sybil Sides, Cindy Turpen, Ray Van Tongeren, and Sharon Weinhold.


Excused: Michael O’Neill, Julia Bishop, Tina Day, Robin Wallace


Unexcused: Karen Gidderon


Quorum: Yes


Welcome and Introductions: Kay thanked the Board members for taking time out of their busy schedules and attending the Board meeting.   


Additions to the Agenda:  None


August 21, 2013 Meeting Minutes: The Board members reviewed the minutes from the August 21 meeting and approved the minutes as presented.


Grant Status Report / Budget Update:

The Network has three grants.

-The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Grant ($40,220) expires on September 30, 2013. Almost $30,000 has been expended; $4,000 is committed; $6,000 was returned.


-The Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) Grant ($25,000) expires on December 31, 2013. Almost $19,000 has been expended on the grant.


A CowlitzCountyGrant ($2,608) was awarded to provide Life Skills/Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training to persons who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Almost $1,700 has been expended on this grant which expires on December 31, 2013.


The Itemized Voucher amounting to $3,371.53 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The $3,371.53 includes costs of Fiscal Agent Services, Rent, Phone, and Email Hosting ($245); Purchase of a Computer for Presentations, Carrying Case, and Insurance; ($662), Meeting Expenses ($53) and Coordinator’s Pay ($2,411). The Board members approved the voucher as presented.


NWHF Request for Proposals: The Network submitted a full proposal for a NWHF Kaiser Permanente Community Fund Implementing Grant on September 4. Our community partners were very helpful and provided strong letters of support. Submitters of proposals selected for funding will be notified in late November.   


DVR MOU, FY2014:  The Network submitted a proposed work plan on September 4 for the DVR funding cycle for October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The work plan calls for:

v     Expand communication and improve knowledge with and among School Counselors, Teachers and Support Services Staff who work with individuals with disabilities who are graduating or near graduation in close coordination with DVR counselors.

v     Provide training for transition students on resume writing, interviewing, appropriate dress, and how to market them selves.

v     Increase the exchange of information valuable for improving DVR customer outcomes.

v     Improve knowledge and skills of both employees and employers to improve employment success and retention among VR customers.

v     Continue to include benefits planning in Network Sponsored events.

v     Discuss data, local trends and events that may increase referrals, relationships with employers and job opportunities with VR professionals.

v     Continue to provide Adverse Childhood Experience, disability and resilience training to organizations in the community, including DSHS/DVR/DDD staffs.

v     Engage employers in activities that lead to partnerships between business and DVR.

v     Market DSHS/DVR to employers by categorizing the similar employment goals of customers and strategically targeting employers in corresponding occupations.


We were notified that we can expect to receive about $11,000 as of October 1, 2013. Additional funding, potentially another $9,000 to $10,000, may be awarded later depending on achievement of outcomes and generation of match.


Other Potential Fund Sources: The Network is exploring the possibility of two other partnerships:

v     Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF). The CHEF goal is to leverage the strength of communities to help people lead healthy, whole lives and create enduring health equity. The CHEF and Networks will collaborate to maximize our collective impact on improving community health and creating a path to sustainability. Networks will assist through their community connections and partnerships. CHEF will provide support and assist the Network System to develop a sustainable model for the future. Details of the partnership will be developed over the next few months. The first meeting will be hosted by CHEF, in their offices in Seattle, on September 25, 5-8PM.

v     Children’s Wellness Initiative. Currently, 46% of WA’s children are on Medicaid Apple Health for Kids administered through managed companies. More than 100,000 children are uninsured. Payment to providers for care of an Apple Health patient is 59% of what a private insurer pays, making clinics serving high numbers of these patients financially vulnerable. WA does not pay for preventive services of Bright Futures, which covers developmental, autism, mental health screens and additional well child visits; nor payment for counseling about vaccines. Children on Medicaid have trouble accessing pediatric sub-specialists, dental and mental health care because of the low payments. The result is 8.3% of children on Medicaid have fair to poor health compared to 1.1% of children with private insurance. The WA system does not allow for payment for comprehensive, coordinated services and has not invested in children’s medical homes where lifespan savings for health costs begin. We are seeking a collaborative opportunity to propose a demonstration project for CowlitzCounty to improve pediatric health and the links to community resources.   


Website Redesign:

Our website designer has been contacted, but the changes have not been made. The review of the Network By-Laws was postponed until the next meeting. The technology upgrades have been completed.

Action: Continue to work with website designer to complete changes. (Sharon)

Action: Include review of bylaws on agenda for October Board meeting. (Sharon)


Board members reviewed a new ACEs brochure that will be posted to the website and used to market ACEs availability of ACEs presentations for the community.




Review/Feedback on Events:

-ACEs Presentations to Homeless. Kay and Sharon gave presentations on September 6 at Corrections, and on September 10 at Love Overwhelming. Both went very well.  

-Insurance expansion and enrollment as part of the Affordable Care Act will begin on October 1. We plan to partner with Youth and Family Link to market the opportunity and identify and refer potential enrollees to Link.


Upcoming Events:

-Early Childhood Committee, KelsoSchool District. Randy gave a brief summary of the goals of the Early Childhood Committee and meeting times. He is hoping a Network Board member will agree to serve on the committee.

-“Together We Can”, Thursday, September 26. RSVPs have been received for 175 participants. Board members were asked to sign up to staff the Network Table.  At the table, we will have available Youth Yellow Pages, Network Bookmarks, the new ACEs Brochure, and Insurance Enrollment information.

Action: Sign up to help at “Together We Can.” (Board Members)

-ACEs Presentations to Homeless, October 2 at the Community House, and October 4 at Corrections. We also have been requested to attend volunteer training at Corrections on Saturday, September 28, 9AM.

-ACEs Workshop, Birth to 3rd Grade Forum, November 2, 9-4 at RA Long


Minutes Action Items:

Action: Continue to work with website designer to complete changes. (Sharon)

Action: Include review of bylaws on agenda for October Board meeting. (Sharon)

Action: Sign up to help at “Together We Can.” (Board Members)


The meeting adjourned at 1:00PM.


Next Meeting: October 16, 2013.

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