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September 2016 Newsletter

RHHS Action Teams Convene


The Healthcare Access and Behavioral Healthcare Action Teams held their first quarterly meeting in late August. Comprised of a diverse group of community stakeholders, the Action Teams are charged with advising the Implementation Council on strategies that address two Agenda Priorities: (1) Accessible, High-Quality Health and Human Services and (2) Stigma-Free Communities that Promote Good Behavioral Health. The teams will also identify ways to measure each Priority’s short-term indicators and will review relevant local, state and national data to compare Agenda outcomes.

The Action Teams will follow the model of Boundary Spanning Leadership, in which they share an understanding of common goals, vision and strategy (direction); coordinate resources and activities (alignment); and share collective success and mutual responsibility (commitment). Their efforts are guided by the Agenda’s pursuit of collective impact; by coordinating the efforts of various organizations around clearly defined goals, the teams hope to measurably improve the health of those who live and work in our region.

 CMF Welcomes Director of Administration and Finance

The Foundation proudly announces the addition of Lisa M. Derezinski as its Director of Administration and Finance. In this newly-created role, Lisa will oversee the Foundation’s daily administrative operations and financial management strategies.

Lisa comes to CMF from the Heartland Alliance, where she served as Director of Treasury for the past seven years. Her previous work experience includes an independent consultancy and a 12-year career as a bank executive, specializing in lending for non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and various forms of government.

Lisa’s hire is part of a larger restructuring at Community Memorial Foundation. Nan Silva will now serve as Program Director, where she will coordinate the newly launched Regional Health and Human Services Agenda. The Foundation’s capacity building program continues to be managed by Tom Fuechtmann, who assumes the role of Senior Program Officer.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Organizations that are pursuing the Together for Health leadership challenge grant opportunity have until September 30, 2016 to secure funding for the leadership and community contributions to the match. All challenge grant report forms are due Friday, October 14, 2016. Please contact Tom Fuechtmann with any questions. Responsive grant proposals for the fall 2016 cycle are due Friday, September 30, 2016. Please call 630.654.4729 with any questions.

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