Board Minutes: July 19, 2017: 11:30 – 12:45PM

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

July 19, 2017, 11:30 – 12:45PM

 

Present: Board members Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Tim Krueger, Anna Leslie, Sybil Sides, Ray Van Tongeren and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator.

 

Excused: Wendy Keegan, Dawn Maloney, Jordenn Martens

 

Unexcused: Tabatha O’Brien

 

Quorum: Yes

 

Welcome and Introductions: Michael welcomed Network Board members and began the meeting on time.

 

Additions to the Agenda: none

 

June 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes: The minutes had been sent to Board members for their review prior to the meeting. The actions listed in the meeting minutes were discussed; all actions were completed.

Motion to approve the June 21, 2017 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Ray; 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 was scheduled to end on December 31, 2016. There was funding remaining on the grant. In our final grant report, we requested a no-cost extension to continue to use the remaining funds to complete planned activities related to the grant, some of which were scheduled but had to be delayed due to inclement weather. These activities have been completed. Other funding has been approved to sustain the work.

ACTION: Send an email to our NWHF Community Engagement Officer to notify that activities have been completed and the work will continue. (Sharon)

 

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This funding for Financial Literacy Training for women inmates was provided by a private donor. Amount expended is $4,345.

 

Approval of Expenditures: The Itemized Voucher amounting to $2,524.13 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

 

Invoice #2017 7T            Cowlitz County Treasurer – June Payroll           $2,500.00

Invoice #366-2017           Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc – May Phone      $     14.13

Invoice #4376                 MPC Digital Solutions – Internet – July 2017    $     10.00

 

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

 

Payroll for the period June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017 was $2,239.39, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $52.57. As of June 30, 2017, the balance in the checking account used solely for payroll and payroll processing was $3,100.11.

 

-RFP for Behavioral Health Programs. The Network submitted a proposal to the Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Department in response to their RFP seeking proposals for services focused on behavioral health service gaps identified in the Behavioral Health Gap Analysis Report. The Network’s proposal titled Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care, addresses the recommendation: Develop more diverse services for at-risk youth. The Network proposal was approved for funding in the amount of $27,000. A contract is being prepared; the Network will have an opportunity to provide input prior to signing.

ACTION: Keep Board members apprised of the status of the Behavioral Health Program contract development and implementation strategy. (Sharon)

 

 

Other Funding Opportunities. On July 17, letters describing the Network’s proposal, Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care, were sent to various organizations inviting them to partner with the Network in implementing the proposal. The Network Board discussed and identified other opportunities for gaining support of the proposal and recommended they be pursued.

ACTION: Pursue other opportunities to gain support for the Network’s proposal, Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care. (Sharon)

 

Network Board Membership:

Board members had identified several people who may be interested in joining the Board. Due to vacations and other circumstances, invitations have not yet been extended. This will be pursued in the upcoming months.

ACTION: Contact, generate interest and invite potential Board members to join the Board. (Sharon)

Financial Literacy Training: As of June 30, twenty-one Financial Literacy trainings were conducted at Corrections for the women inmates. Though attendance is voluntary, an average of 8.5 women participated in each training. After attending their first class, more than half of the women returned to attend additional classes. Eleven women completed the four required classes to get a Second Chance at a local financial institution, which allows them to open a checking account and begin to build or re-build their financial future. Outcomes are currently being evaluated and opportunities to expand the training beyond Corrections are being explored.

 

NWHF Implementation Grant:

-Activities on the grant have been completed. Funding has been approved to sustain the work.

-Board members agreed to host the annual Community Charter member meeting in October. At that meeting, Charter members will review accomplishments and share their thoughts and plans for participating in the next phase of the work.

ACTION: Get agreement on a date in October, time and venue for the annual Community Charter member meeting. (Sharon)

 

Review/Feedback on Events:

-Neighborhood Revitalization & Advocacy Power Training, June 28-29. Kay and Ray attended the training that focused on the causes of neighborhood stress and ways to overcome them. They particularly liked Laura Porter’s presentation as it was interesting and relevant to the Network’s work. Overall, they said the training was very worthwhile and well attended.

ACTION: Request the electrons for Laura Porter’s presentation and share with Network Board members. (Sharon)

-Dan Burden Walking the Community, June 26. Dan Burden returned to Kelso, Castle Rock and Kalama. Michael participated in the tours of the community and heard Dan’s recommendations of making the community more walkable and friendly.

-What If Committee Meeting, June 30. Sharon participated as committee members helped to plan National Night Out activities for Castle Rock.

-Neighborhood Resource Coordination Council meeting, July 19. Sharon Participated in the NRCC meeting. Guest speaker was Keven Hiebert from Habitat for Humanity International, who gave a presentation on the Quality of Life Framework and strategies for the Highlands and South Kelso Neighborhoods.

ACTION: Share Kevin Hiebert’s Quality of Life Framework presentation materials with Board members. (Sharon)

 

Upcoming Events:

-Lifeworks/ARC Events, Day Camp on July 21; Swim Camp, July 31-August 4.

-National Night Out, August 1. Several Network Board members expressed their intent to visit their neighborhood’s National Night Out.

-Healthy Living Collaborative Quarterly Meeting, August 2, 1-3:30pm, North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Facility in Ridgefield.

-Homeless Planning Commission on Homeless Shelters, August 2, Longview City Hall.

-Medicaid Client Focus Group, August 8, 5-6pm, Family Health Center. Medicaid clients are being sought to participate in the discussions.

-Sixth Annual Infant to Kindergarten Conference, Get Steamed Up, Saturday, October 14, 9am – 4pm, Lower Columbia College Student Center. $40, lunch included. Keynote speaker is Michael Strayer, Psychology Professor at LCC. His topic is “Barriers to STEAM in Early Childhood: Poverty, Gender & Screen Time.”

ACTION: Share the Infant to Kindergarten Conference Conference flyer with Board members. (Sharon)

 

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Send an email to our NWHF Community Engagement Officer to notify that activities have been completed and the work will continue. (Sharon)

ACTION: Keep Board members apprised of the status of the Behavioral Health Program contract development and implementation strategy. (Sharon)

ACTION: Pursue other opportunities to gain support for the Network’s proposal, Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care. (Sharon)

ACTION: Contact, generate interest and invite potential Board members to join the Board. (Sharon)

ACTION: Get agreement on a date in October, time and venue for the annual Community Charter member meeting. (Sharon)

ACTION: Request the electrons for Laura Porter’s presentation and share with Network Board members. (Sharon)

ACTION: Share Kevin Hiebert’s Quality of Life Framework presentation materials with Board members. (Sharon)

ACTION: Share the Infant to Kindergarten Conference Conference flyer with Board members. (Sharon)

 

 

Next Meeting: August 16, 2017

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