Board Minutes: June 15, 2016: 11:30 – 12:45 PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

June 15, 2016 11:30 – 12:45 PM

 

Present: Kay Gunter, Tim Krueger, Michael O’Neill, Sybil Sides, Ray Van Tongeren, Steve Watters and Sharon Weinhold.  Guests Ophelia Noble and Valre Bales, South Kelso Community Advocates, also were present.

 

Excused: Julia Bishop, Liz Cattin, Julie Nye

 

Unexcused: Rod McHattie, Tabatha O’Brien

 

Quorum: Yes

 

Welcome and Introductions: Kay welcomed everyone and asked that they introduce themselves for the benefit of our guests.

 

Additions to the Agenda: none

 

Board Member Resignation: Lacey Cairns, Life Works/The ARC of Cowlitz County notified the Network of her decision to resign from the Network Board due to her need to reduce her work hours to care for a family member. She said in her resignation letter that she enjoyed her time with the Board and the variety of projects that have had a positive impact in the community. Lacey has been an active Board member for over two years and will be missed.

 

May 18, 2016 Meeting Minutes: The minutes had been sent to the Board members for their review prior to the meeting. The actions listed in the meeting minutes were reviewed; all action items were completed.

Motion to approve the May 18, 2016 meeting minutes as presented: Michael: second: Sybil. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

Grant Status Report / Budget Update:

Current Grants Status:

-Kaiser Permanente Community Fund Grant (KPCF) ($161,095). This three year grant for implementation of a “Coordinated Prevention System for Healthy Starts” began on January 1, 2014 and will continue through December 31, 2016. Through May 2016, grant funds received: $140,665; expenditures were $115,157.31.

 

Approval of Expenditures: The Itemized Voucher amounting to $3,670.01 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The $3,670.01 expenditures are for Phone/Printing ($16) Email Hosting Service ($10); Website Hosting ($104); and Miscellaneous Expenditures ($40). In addition, $3,500 was deposited into the Network’s checking account for payroll.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Ray: second: Sybil. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

 

Payroll for the period May 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016 was $3,260.44, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $54.99. As of May 31, 2016, the balance in the checking account used solely for payroll and payroll processing was $2,660.15.

 

-NWHF Kaiser Permanente Community Fund Letter of Interest (LOI). The KPCF is offering 3-year implementation grants to begin in 2017 to organizations that are ready to implement a defined plan of action with goals and outcomes. The Network submitted a Letter of Interest, with a project title of “Increasing Equity for Children with Disabilities in Cowlitz County Child Care Centers.” The goal is to increase the ability of Child Care Centers in Cowlitz County to serve children with disabilities and resulting behavioral issues, and to improve outreach and engagement with their families. The NWHF KPCF will complete LOI reviews in June; applicants invited to submit full proposals will be notified after June 27. Full proposals will be due August 5.

 

-Healthy Living Collaborative. The Network is continuing to explore a potential opportunity to work more closely with the Healthy Living Collaborative South Kelso Community Health Advocates.

 

-Kaiser Permanente Housing for Health Grant Initiative. The purpose of this funding is to help people with behavioral health challenges secure and maintain safe, stable housing. The project must include the involvement of peers or community health workers and collaboration between housing providers, health care providers (including behavioral health service providers) and community organizations employing CHWs. The goal is to improve community health by collaborating with groups that have not historically been involved in health care. The Network is interested in participating and forwarded the opportunity to the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Government point of contact who leads the homeless coalition efforts in Cowlitz County to determine broader community interest.

 

-Cabaret Follies Opportunity. Board members reviewed an opportunity for a donation from the Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia. The listed priorities for funding are Human Services, Culture and Arts, and Civic and Community Improvement. The amount of funding is uncertain as it will be the profits from the Cabaret to be held in November 2016. Board members were interested in exploring this further.

ACTION: Look further into the opportunity for a donation from the Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia and submit a project proposal if appropriate. (Sharon)

 

NWHF Implementation Grant:

-Trauma Informed Pathway. More than two-thirds of the Charter Member agencies have submitted a completed Trauma Informed Pathway Survey to the Network. The objectives of the survey are to help Charter Member agencies determine where they are on the pathway to become more resilient, whether they serve clients in a way that is sensitive to the impacts of trauma, and if they support a sense of safety and trust for their clients. The survey results will also help the Network decide where there is opportunity to help agencies move towards becoming more trauma informed. A summary of the results will be presented and a plan for addressing opportunities will be discussed at the next Board meeting.

ACTION: Summarize survey results and present opportunities to help Charter Member agencies move forward on the pathway to becoming more trauma informed. (Michael and Sharon)

 

-Meeting with Steve Maynard, Sea Mar Community Health Centers. Sea Mar Community Health Centers is new to the community and is located in South Kelso. Sea Mar offers mental health counseling for adults, families and children; and facilitates educational and therapy groups. Steve expressed interest in connecting to the community, participating in the Community Resource Directory, and partnering with the community to help youth and families.

ACTION: Add information about Sea Mar Community Health Centers to the Community Resource Directory. Consider including Sea Mar as a partner when it is appropriate. (Sharon)

 

-Coalition on ACEs and Resilience. Two events took place that were sponsored by the ACEs and Resiliency Coalition:

  • Thursday, May 19, 2-3:30pm, Kelso High School Library. NEAR (neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, resiliency) presentation hosted by the Kelso School District. Michael O’Neill was the presenter. The target audience was Kelso and Longview school teachers, counselors, psychologists, and Coalition members. There were twenty four participants.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 4-5pm. Cowlitz County Health Department. Ron Hertel, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and co-author of the book “The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success” gave an excellent presentation on Compassionate/Trauma Responsive Schools: Addressing Trauma, Adversity, and Learning. The time allotted for the presentation was too short. Participants, especially those from the school districts, expressed interest in bringing Ron back to present more information to a larger audience and with time after for conversation and questions.

ACTION: Work with the School Districts to find a good time to bring Ron Hertel back to Cowlitz County for a day where he would provide additional information and more time for conversation and sharing of information. (Sharon)

 

-Business Card for Resource Directory. For marketing purposes, a proposed business card for the Community Resource Directory was presented to the Board. Board members had several suggestions to improve the card. Once the proposed card has been modified to reflect the suggestions, Board members agreed the card should be presented to our Resource Directory partner agency, the Longview Anti-Drug Coalition Board, for approval to print and distribute the card.

ACTION: Modify the proposed business card for the Community Resource Directory to reflect Board member suggestions and present to the Longview Anti-Drug Coalition for approval and distribution. (Sharon)

 

Strategic Planning: Network Board members reviewed the updated Strategic Plan information discussed at the May Network Board meeting. They agreed with the update. After review and discussion of the DRAFT elevator speech and project list, Board members suggested that it might be useful and we consider having two elevator speeches, one for grantors who are familiar with the verbiage that is used to address the work of the Network, and a second for people in the community who may not be as familiar with the terminology and work.

ACTION: Present two DRAFT elevator speeches to the Network Board at the July meeting, one geared to groups that are familiar with the language and work of the Network and a second for service organizations and community members who are not as familiar with the language and work. (Sharon)

 

Review/Feedback on Events:

-Coalition Presentation, NEAR, Kelso HS, May 19. Well attended, good feedback.

-Clark County ACEs Action Alliance, May 23. Michael shared information about the ACEs work in Cowlitz County and shared what Clark County is doing.

-Coalition Presentation, The Heart of Learning and Teaching, June 1. Excellent presentation; would like to invite Ron Hertel back for a longer presentation in fall.

-Social Justice and Equity Training, June 3. Hosted by the Healthy Living Collaborative; coordinated by the Network. Positive feedback.

-Sandy Junker Retirement, June 6. Sue Boursaw is the new Director of Head Start/EHS/ECEAP.

 

Upcoming Events:

-Ray mentioned that he has been appointed to a committee to look at neighborhood farmers markets in Longview. The Longview City Council is working this issue.

-Ophelia announced the South Kelso Coalition meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Kelso Mall meeting room. Board members were invited to participate.

 

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Look further into the opportunity for a donation from the Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia and submit a project proposal if appropriate. (Sharon)

ACTION: Summarize survey results and highlight opportunities to help Charter Member agencies move forward on the pathway to becoming more trauma informed. (Michael and Sharon)

ACTION: Add information about Sea Mar Community Health Centers to the Community Resource Directory. Consider including Sea Mar as a partner when it is appropriate. (Sharon)

ACTION: Work with the School Districts to identify a good time to bring Ron Hertel back to Cowlitz County for a day where he would provide additional information and there would be time for conversation. (Sharon)

ACTION: Modify the proposed business card for the Community Resource Directory to reflect Board member suggestions and present to the Longview Anti-Drug Coalition for approval and distribution. (Sharon)

ACTION: Present two DRAFT elevator speeches to the Network Board at the July meeting, one geared to groups that are familiar with the language and work of the Network and a second for service organizations and community members who are not as familiar with the language and work. (Sharon)

 

Next Meeting: July 20, 2016

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