NCHN e-News: July 5, 2016

NCHN Member Feature

Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network - AZ

An NCHN member since 2010, The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) is a group of local agencies that has been working to promote and improve adolescent wellness services through collaboration, education, and advocacy since 2007.  The AWN is a place for partners to collaborate and share resources to identify and respond to adolescent wellness needs. The network’s mission is to promote adolescent wellness through advocacy, education, and collaboration with youth, schools and community organizations serving youth, ages 12-25. Click here to read a short summary based on an interview with AWN's Network Director, Ms. Cassalyn David.

NCHN's Tools and Strategies Website
Have you visited our Tools and Strategies for Managing Health Networks website lately?  Here you will find sample documents and PowerPoints related to health network development, management and leadership.  Topics include, Board Development, By-Laws, Sustainability, Grant Writing, Staffing, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and much more.  You can access the site from our main website  Hover over "NCHN Resources" then click on "Tools and Strategies for Managing Health Networks Site".  Or you can click the direct link above.  If you have information you'd  like to share and have posted to the website, please contact Linda at
Reminder - 2016 NCHN Committees
Committees are being formed for the 2016-2017 year and we are still in need of members to serve.  This is a great way to support NCHN and improve your individual leadership skills and strengthen relationships with your NCHN peers.  Please review the 2016 Committees below and consider joining one, or more if you like!  For questions or to sign up for a committee please contact Rebecca at

Executive Committee – The purpose of the Executive Committee is to oversee the management of the Association between the Board of Directors meetings. The Committee is comprised of the officers of the Association - President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. One additional Director may be appointed to serve as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee also serves as the Finance Committee. 
2017 Awards Committee -- The purpose of the Awards Committee is to promote the NCHN Awards Program. The Committee will encourage members to nominate their peers for the designated award categories, review the selection criteria and make recommendations for revisions as needed to the Board of Directors, review the nominations and make recommendations on award winners, following established selection criteria, and assist with the Awards Luncheon at the 2017 Annual Conference. The Committee will also explore the possibility of expanding the awards program and will make recommendations for new categories to the Board of Directors.  Membership to this Committee should be former NCHN Award winners. The Awards Committee will determine their meeting schedule and will meet as needed. 
By-Laws Committee – The purpose of the By-Laws Committee is to review the Association’s current By-Laws and Policies and make recommendations, as needed, on by-law revisions and policy revisions or developments to the Executive Committee, and assist with the education of the membership on the proposed changes. 
2017 Conference Planning Committee – The purpose of the Conference Planning Committee is to organize and plan the Annual NCHN Conference. This includes selection of dates and location for the 2018 conference, development of the theme and workshops to support the theme, and overall management of the 2017 conference. NCHN’s Vice President serves as the Chair of the Committee. The Conference Planning Committee will establish their meeting schedule, but members should plan for up to two calls per month. The 2017 Conference will be held the week of April 24, 2017 in Bozeman, MT. This committee will meet the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, starting July 26 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT.
Leadership Summit Committee - The purpose of the Leadership Summit Committee is to manage the annual Leadership Summit. This development of the topic focus, identification of speaker(s) to support the topic, overall management of the 2016 Leadership Summit, and selection of dates and location for the 2017 Summit. This Committee will determine their meeting schedule and will meet as needed. The 2016 Leadership Summit will be held in the fall. 
Membership Committee - The purpose of the Membership Committee is to review NCHN membership records. The Committee will be comprised of two current Directors and at least two members, preferably, one long-term NCHN member, e.g. 7 years or longer, and one new NCHN member, e.g., within the last year or two. In the past, the Secretary has served as Chair of the Committee. The Membership Committee will develop recommendations for targets for membership growth for NCHN, as well as targets for retention.  The Committee will meet by conference call, as needed, to develop recommendations for Board consideration.  
Program Development Committee - The purpose of the Program Development Committee is to review the Association’s current programs and services and make recommendations for new program and services. This committee oversees the maintenance and updating of the “Tools and Strategies for Managing Health Networks” website. The Committee will also assist in the education of the membership on any programs changes and introduction of new programs and services. The Committee will also oversee the development of new program and/or services that can be offered for a fee to the membership. The Committee will meet monthly. 
Sponsorship Committee – The purpose of the Sponsorship Committee is to oversee the management of the NCHN Business Partner and Sponsorship Program, including the NCHN Member Business Partners. The Business/Sponsorship Program guidelines should be reviewed and recommendations for any changes forwarded to the Board of Directors. The committee will assist with recruitment of both sponsors and NCHN members with products or services for sell. The committee will assist with review of applications for Sponsorship and Business Partnerships and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Sponsorship Committee will determine their meeting schedule and will meet as needed.


Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   

Thursday, July 21 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
Topic to be determined.
You will receive a ReadyTalk invitation to register.  If you do not get one, please contact Tara Long at These calls are a great way to learn from your peers during facilitated dialogue by Dr. Mary Kay Chess!  It's a member benefit well worth your time.
If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Committee Call: July 12, 2016 @ 11:00 ET
  • Executive Roundtable Call: July 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee Call: July 26, 2016 @ 11:00 ET
  • Executive Committee Call: August 16, 2016 @ 3:30 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call: September 12, 2016 @ 2:00 PM ET
  • Board of Directors Call: September 20, 2016 @ 3:30 PM ET

Member News

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (GA)
Early Learning Initiative Now Under Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP) - Readers to Leaders and First 5, two community early learning initiatives launched by the Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership, have transitioned to the leadership of the NGHP.  “According to the Centers for Disease Control education is a key social determinant of health, and it’s undeniable that reading is an important part of being well educated, stated Greg Dent, executive director of the NGHP. “The Healthcare Partnership is pleased to add this strategic initiative to our healthy lifestyles portfolio.”.  To read more, please
click here.

New Mexico Rural Hospital Network (NM)
Rural New Mexico hospitals pool resources to survive.  New Mexico Rural Hospital Network's executive director Stephen Stoddard states, â€œAll of our hospitals are the only hospital in their town, sometimes even in their whole county or beyond.” One member hospital has reduced its annual supply costs by nearly one-third, from $100,000 to $70,000.  To read more on the benefits of this network's activities, please
click here.

Funding News & Announcements

Funds for Health Initiatives in Company Communities
Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families in the communities that Anthem serves. The Foundation believes that targeting preventable health concerns by making strategic charitable choices will help create a healthier generation of Americans. The Foundation’s grantmaking focus is on initiatives that positively affect the conditions addressed in its Healthy Generations program: heart health, cancer prevention and smoking cessation, maternal and newborn health, diabetes prevention and management, and active lifestyles. The Foundation also supports behavioral health efforts and programs that benefit people with disabilities. The upcoming application deadline is August 19, 2016. Visit the Anthem website for eligibility guidelines and to access the online application system.

Healthcare for Children Supported
Health Resources and Services Administration
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program promotes access to healthcare for children, youth, and their families. The application deadline is August 2, 2016.

Initiatives Addressing Health Challenges Funded
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans. The Foundation works with a diverse group of dedicated people and organizations to address problems at their roots and to help make a difference on the widest scale, particularly for the most vulnerable. Grants are awarded for projects in the U.S. and U.S. territories through Calls for Proposals that target specific health issues. In addition, grants are provided in response to Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals that consider new and unconventional perspectives and approaches to building a Culture of Health. Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals are reviewed throughout the year; Calls for Proposals have specific deadlines. Visit the Foundation’s website for a list of current Calls for Proposals and detailed information on submitting Pioneering Idea Brief Proposals.

Training Opportunities


Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work!
Logic models are not a passing fad. If you need to create a logic model for your program, but don't know where to start, this webinar is for you! Using Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach from the United Way of America, Alice Ruhnke will demonstrate why logic models are critical for program planning and evaluation. During this webinar, you will learn how to create and use a logic model to help you improve services and your impact on your community. Executive directors, program managers, and grant writers from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Xtelligent Media
Transforming Big Data into Smart Data: Driving Better Clinical Outcomes
For years, we've been hearing about this explosion of data…and devices. Transforming that data into actionable information is critical for patients and healthcare providers.  As we accelerate into this transformation of  designing care around the individual vs a one-size fits all, data is at the core of the decision making process.  Often, organizations think that they have initiated the data collection process—it’s implemented---it must be working.  Then they turn to the next project on the list with the mindset that when they need the data, it’ll be there. When it’s time to use the data, you may find that you have been collecting and saving the wrong information, or the data is incorrect or not accurate.  How can you turn this data – both structured and unstructured data into meaningful data that can help drive better clinical outcomes and achieve true precision medicine today?

In this 60-minute webinar on July 26th, 2016 1:00PM EST you will hear from industry experts from Dell and Illumina on how healthcare organizations can transform big data into smart data---all in the spirit of driving better clinical outcomes.  The following questions will be addressed:
  • What’s the difference between “big data” and “smart data”?
  • Why do patients and healthcare providers need “smart data”?
  • How can organizations be sure they are collecting the right data?
  • Beyond time and money, what are the obstacles organizations are faced with ‘smart data’?
  • Where does a “smart medical device” come into play when collecting data?
  • What advice can you offer to help organizations get on board with “smart data”?
For more information and to register please click here.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

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NCHN is excited to announce the discounted offering of a new training series through Custom Learning Systems titled "Everyone's a Caregiver".  Ordering this educational series through your NCHN membership saves you 50% off the regular price! For only $295 you have access to 12 webinars (1 per month), which you can share with your members.  The series begins in September 2016.   To place your order please complete this order form.  Questions?  Please contact Linda at


NCHN has partnered with GrantStation to offer NCHN members an additional tool to find and acquire funding. NCHN Members and their members can subscribe to GrantStation at a significantly reduced rate of $65/year ($634 less than the regular rate of $699/year)

GrantStation offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grant seeking process. GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grant makers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines, which are updated daily; links to state agency grant announcements; and a growing database of international grant makers.  Membership to GrantStation provides complete access to the Search, Write, Learn, and Read areas of the GrantStation website.

To learn more about and to access the subscription form please click
Contact NCHN's Director of Member Services, Linda K. Weiss if you have further questions.  217-549-4121 or

National News and Other Information

Eagle Hospital Physicians Using Telemedicine to Address the Needs of Rural Hospitals
Your rural hospital might feel like a remote place, but the nation’s finest specialists can be “beamed in” via two-way videoconferencing to treat patients there on a regular basis.  A pioneer in inpatient telemedicine, we have spent more than eight years perfecting our telemedicine models of care and tailoring them to specific settings, such as rural hospitals, where telemedicine can bring specialized care that would otherwise be unavailable. You increase your monthly
patient volume by reducing transfers to tertiary hospitals.  For more information about Teleneurology, Telenocturnists, Telepsychiatry, Tele - ICU,  and Collaborative Care click here.

Study Suggests Nonprofit CEOs Just Look Nicer than Business CEOs  

By  Originally published in The NonProfit Quarterly on June 23, 2016.  Used with permission.
Do looks matter? According to two Canadian researchers, your CEO’s facial appearance may affect your nonprofit's success.
Recent research from the University of Toronto suggests that the facial features of successful leaders in the for-profit realm differ from those of the folk who lead successful nonprofits.  Daniel Re, a postdoctoral fellow, and Nicholas Rule, an associate professor of psychology, authored “Predicting Firm Success from the Facial Appearance of Chief Executive Officers of Non-Profit Organizations,” which reported on three studies, all of which suggest that the facial features of successful nonprofit CEOs are distinguishably different from successful leaders of for-profit companies. READ MORE Â»
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