NCHN e-News: June 21, 2016


Announcing Your 2016 – 2017 NCHN Board of Directors & Officers
We are pleased to announce your current NCHN Board of Directors and Officers.  Please thank these members for their willingness to lead NCHN in these roles.  Congratulations and thank you to all of them!
  • President: Carolyn Witherspoon (TX)
  • Vice-President: Leslie A. Flick (OR)
  • Secretary: Tara Dilley (TX)
  • Treasurer: Donna Newchurch (LA)
  • Immediate Past President: Stephen Stoddard (NM)
  • Rene S. Cabral Daniels (VA)
  • Chris Hopkins (MT)
  • Lisa Ladendorff (OR)
  • Darcy A. Czarnik-Laurin (MI)

Everyone's a Caregiver
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
2016 NCHN Committees
One of the best ways to increase your participation in and support of NCHN is through committee participation.  This is also an opportunity to improve your individual leadership skills and strengthen relationships with your NCHN peers.  Please review the 2016 Committees below and consider joining one. For questions or to sign up for a committee please contact Rebecca a

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 12 @ 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 Roundtable Call: July 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM 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

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance - NC
Coastal Connect HIE Recognized with Award for Community Impact & Innovation - Intalere, a healthcare supply chain leader, held its inaugural Member Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on May 17-20, 2016. Intalere awarded CCHIE a Healthcare Achievement Award for Community Impact and Innovation for their care transition project. The CCHIE team had been working with connected healthcare entities and providers to integrate EMR systems for the exchange of and access to clinical documents. Access to this type of information significantly improves the transition of care process for both the provider and patient. Their collaborative efforts and regional strategies helped establish an environment where data exchange and utilization benefits its users through timely, equitable, and efficient information sharing. By targeting high-cost care settings to leverage health IT, CCHIE has been able to improve standards for the continuity of care. In addition, advancing multi-source data integrations has helped create a true longitudinal view of the patient in the community. Congratulations!!

Funding News & Announcements

HHS awards $156 million to health centers to expand oral health services

On 6/6/16 Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Secretary Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”  Read more about today's announcement

Community-Based HIV/AIDS Programs Funded
Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation
The Kent Richard Hofmann Foundation is dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS. Grant requests from throughout the United States are considered, with particular interest in smaller communities and rural areas. The Foundation supports community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on HIV/AIDS care and direct services, education, or research. Grants are provided to developing or established programs, with emphasis on those that provide direct benefit to clients or target audiences. Requests are reviewed two times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 2, 2016; invited grant applications will be due September 23, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online letter of inquiry.

Local Mental Health Programs Nationwide Recognized
Connect 4 Mental Health: Community Innovation Awards
Connect 4 Mental Health (C4MH) is a nationwide initiative that calls for communities to prioritize serious mental illness. C4MH's Community Innovation Awards program is designed to recognize local organizations across the country that are implementing approaches that support individuals living with serious mental illness and their families. C4MH will issue four awards to U.S. community programs exhibiting innovative work in the following four pillars: Early Intervention, Creative Use of Technology, Continuity of Care, and Service Integration. Each winner will receive a $10,000 award to support program efforts in their communities. The application deadline is July 22, 2016. Visit the C4MH website to learn more about the Community Innovation Awards program and the application process. 

Funds for Oral Health Initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
Northeast Delta Dental Foundation
The mission of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation is to improve the access to, and the quality of, oral healthcare and education for the public and the dental communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Grants are provided for charitable programs to extend the benefits of dentistry to indigents and groups found to be dentally deprived, educational programs for the advancement of dentistry and oral health, programs designed to promote the oral health of the public, and dental research projects promising to improve the quality of dental care delivered. Grant requests of up to $1,000 are considered throughout the year; the upcoming application deadline for grants of $1,000 to $5,000 is July 22, 2016. Visit the Delta Dental website to review the online application guidelines. 

Nonprofit Revenue Generating Programs in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, and Utah Honored
The Eide Bailly Resourcefullness Award
The Eide Bailly Resourcefullness Award recognizes nonprofit organizations in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, and Utah that have created impactful initiatives to generate sustainable streams of revenue. Each submission will be evaluated on the following categories: Creativity, Implementation, Impact, Sustainability, and Overall Impression. A Grand Prize of $10,000, a Runner-Up award of $3,000, and an Honorable Mention of $2,000 will be awarded in each participating state. Nonprofit organizations in any field are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from June 15 through August 10, 2016. Visit the Eide Bailly website to learn more about the application process.

Training Opportunities


The Invisible Yellow Line: Nonprofit Governance (NEW)
Who 'owns' your nonprofit? The line defining the governance responsibility of board and staff is often hard to see. This fast-paced webinar will help to clarify that line using a football metaphor that everyone can understand. You've seen that yellow line that appears on the screen when you watch a football game. When you apply that line to the key roles of board and staff, it provides an easy way to discuss governance roles and helps to open lines of communication so both teams work compatibly toward the same goal - serving your organization's mission. Jean Block, the webinar presenter, is the author of "The Invisible Yellow Line â„¢ - Clarifying Board and Staff Roles." She will share easy, practical examples of best practices in board and staff roles in governance, including the board's responsibilities to the Three Duties and how the CEO can support the board in its governance role. The webinar is a great basic review for the novice and a refresher for the experienced nonprofit volunteer or chief executive. This webinar will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Thursday July 14, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes  Fee: $69.00 per person, $150.00 per site. Visit the link above to register.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC will be hosting a seven-part webinar series about the Guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, which will begin on Wednesday, June 22nd at 2:00pm EDT. The first webinar will provide an overview of the CDC recommendations and learn when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued. Subsequent modules will touch upon the various recommendations in the Guideline. Each one-hour webinar will be available as a live webinar broadcast and as archived recordings following the live webinars. These are free and offer continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators, and other healthcare providers. The first four webinars are currently scheduled with the others to follow later this year:

June 22, 2016    
2:00-3:00pm EDT
Webinar 1 Overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Addressing Recommendations 1-12)
July 27, 2016       Webinar 2 Non-opioid treatments
(Addressing Recommendation 1)
August 3, 2016   Webinar 3 Assessing benefits and harms of opioid therapy
(Addressing Recommendations 1, 2, 7, 8)
August 17, 2016 Webinar 4 Dosing and titration of opioids
(Addressing Recommendations 4, 5, 7)

To learn more about this event, please visit: Registration is not required to participate, however participants will need to register in a separate system to receive continuing education credits.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢ 8
Series 8 began June 14th. If you have not yet placed your order, please do so by contacting Linda at Each webinar is focused on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores. Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of the webinar.

Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your grant applications? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. Reviewers have experience as network leaders, grant application authors and contributors and federal grant application reviewers. This service is only available to NCHN members. To learn more, click here or contact Rebecca or Linda.

National News and Other Information

NonProfit Quarterly 
Health Conversion Foundations: How to Make Them Relevant
By - Experts estimate there are about 400 foundations across the U.S. created due to the consolidation or conversion of a nonprofit hospital or health system into a for-profit. These foundations, known as legacy or health conversion foundations, maintain missions similar to their source organization: to support the health of the community the organization once served. In this age of limited government funds and great need, returning these resources in an effective and efficient method is essential.  This article was published on line by NonProfit Quarterly on 6.7.16.  Read the full article here.
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