NCHN e-News: April 5, 2016

is ONLY 13 day away!

April 18 - 21, 2016

You can complete your registration and hotel* reservation here.
*rooms are still available at the conference rate

And don't forget...

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 NCHN will be sponsoring

Disney Institute
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence* 

Click here to view the learning objectives and agenda for
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence 

If you have registered for the conference you should have received instructions to download the event app.  If you have not received this email please let Linda know. Also, is you have trouble with the download or have other questions about using the app please contact Linda. or 217-549-4121.

2016 NCHN Awards
Each year at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference, we recognize network leaders and network organizations. The nomination process for the 2016 Awards ends Thursday, April 7, 2016!  The awards will be presented at an Awards Luncheon during our Educational Conference on Tuesday April 19, 2016 in Oklahoma City.  Nominate an individual or network now.   Awards Guidelines      Nomination Form
Notice of Annual Membership Meeting
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Voting Members of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) will take place at 8:00 a.m. local time on April 19, 2016, at Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel in Rooms 9-10 in conjunction with the Association’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Members of record at the close of business on April 4, 2016 will receive a notice of Annual Meeting and a proxy to vote by April 6, 2016. If you do not receive your proxy, please let Rebecca know. 

New Officers and Directors Appointed
Carolyn Witherspoon (TX) - Carolyn joined the board in September 2015 to complete the term of David Johnson, (WI), Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.  She was appointed as the Vice President last month to fill that position following the resignation of Toniann Richard.
Donna Newchurch (LA) - Donna joined the board in September 2015  to complete the term of Pam Norr,
(OR), Oregon Rural Health Quality Network. She was appointed as the Treasurer last month to fill the vacancy created with Cindy Siler's resignation.
Rene S. Cabral Daniels (VA) - Rene was appointed to the board in March 2016.
Rene is the CEO of the Community Care Network located in Henrico, VA.
Tara Dilley (TX) - Tara was appointed to the board in March 2016.
Tara is the Executive Director of the Southeast Texas Health System located in Goliad, TX.

Please help us welcome Rene and Tara to the board and thank Carolyn and Donna for taking on additional responsibilities.
Also, please thank these board members who've recently resigned for having served NCHN and its membership.  Toniann Richard (MO)- Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri and Deena Dodd (IN) - Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network.

Network Sustainability Metrics Study – Closing this week
NCHN needs your assistance on a special project we are working on with the National Rural Health Resource Center/Rural Health Innovations and Evalytics, LLC. We are conducting a study of important sustainability factors of rural health networks and have asked you to participate in an online survey assessment of your network organization. You should have received the “Network Sustainability Metrics Study” in your inbox on Thursday, March 10. If you haven’t already completed the survey, please take a few minutes now to do so! We really need your input. Your responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential. Data and reports generated from this survey will not contain your name or organization. If you did not receive an email with the link to the survey, please let Rebecca know.

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   Health Care Trends

NCHN ER Call – Tuesday, April 26th @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
Many of you will attend the NCHN conference in Oklahoma.  Our Executive Roundtable (ER) conversation on April 26th will provide those of you who attended the conference the opportunity to share highlights and meaningful take-aways from the sessions.  For those not attending, you'll hear the promising practices and emergent trends while the information is still fresh.  We'll also have an opportunity to consider how these combined insights might be helpful in the changing dynamics in the communities you serve.  We look forward to seeing you around our virtual discussion table on Tuesday, April 26th.

You should be receiving a ReadyTalk invitation to register.  If you do not get one, please contact Tara Long at t

If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: April 5, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call: April 5, 2016 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: April 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Educational Conference: April 18-21, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) call: April 26, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET

Member News

Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc.(CCNV)- VA: CCNV Chief Executive Officer Rene S. Cabral-Daniels, JD, MPH presented at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference Las Vegas on February 29th.  Her presentation titled Preparing for ACO Participation was picked up by two publications that resulted in 2 published articles . Read the article in Healthcare IT News. And here is the article in Health Data Management. Congratulations Rene!

Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA)- CO: WHA members have access to a discounted group contract with Medefis to provide comprehensive staffing solutions. Medefis  improves how HR Directors manage multiple staffing agency  relationships and streamline their entire HR process. To read more, please see WHA's newsletter.

Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) - OR: The NEON Community Health Worker (CHW) training prepares  Traditional Health Workers (THW) generally, and CHWs specifically, to play a full range of roles, from connecting people to existing services and managing medical utilization, health education to organizing communities to identify and address their own most pressing health issues; and to promote the full integration of THWs and CHWs as integral members of the medical, public health, and social service systems. Join us for our next training! April 11-14, April 25-28 and May 9-12. 9am-4:30pm on all days. Register now! Space is limited! If you or someone you know are interested, and/or if you have any questions about the training, contact Holly Sorensen at

Funding News & Announcements

Support for Healthy Community Initiatives in the Continental U.S.
Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities
The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to promoting healthy eating and active living, strengthening health equity, and advancing innovations that make it possible for people to have more healthy days. The Foundation's Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program is intended to help local communities in the continental U. S. to become healthier places to live, with emphasis on projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations and government agencies committed to improving results in up to two of the following five domains: Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, and Environmental Exposures. Applicants can request either $50,000 or $100,000 for projects lasting between 18 and 24 months. Organizations with annual operating budgets below $250,000 are not eligible to apply. The Stage 1 application deadline is April 15, 2016; Stage 2 applications are due June 10, 2016.

Support for Community Improvement Projects Nationwide
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation: Community Partners
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. The application deadline for the spring funding cycle is May 23, 2016; the fall funding cycle will be open from July 1 to August 26, 2016.

Innovative Organizations in Louisiana and New Mexico
The Frost Foundation
The Frost Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the states of Louisiana and New Mexico. The Foundation's areas of grant-making interest include education, human service needs, and the environment. The Foundation’s efforts are directed primarily to supporting exemplary organizations that can generate positive change beyond traditional boundaries, to encouraging creativity that recognizes emerging needs, and to assisting innovation that addresses current urgent problems. Priority is given to programs that have the potential for wider service or educational exposure than an individual community. The proposal summary deadlines are June 1 and December 1, annually.

Fire Safety Efforts Supported
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Fire Prevention and Safety Grants program supports projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The application deadline is May 6, 2016.

Grants Enhance Services for People Affected by HIV/AIDS

M·A·C AIDS Fund: U.S. Community Grants Program
The M·A·C AIDS Fund supports nonprofit organizations that are providing vital services to people affected by HIV/AIDS. The Fund's U.S. Community Grants Program provides support to service providers for U.S.-based programs that offer food and nutrition or housing services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Online applications for Food and Nutrition Programs grants will be available on April 1, 2016, and must be submitted by May 2, 2016. Applications for Housing Programs for people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. will be available on May 6, 2016, and are due on June 10, 2016.

Capital Grants for Education and Healthcare in Seventeen States

Gladys Brooks Foundation
The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Vermont. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics in the targeted states. Grant applications will be considered only for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $100,000. Funds are intended to be used for capital projects, including equipment and endowments. Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2016.

Support for LGBTQ Organizations in Oregon
Equity Foundation
The Equity Foundation is dedicated to advancing equality for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. In 2016, the Foundation is offering two distinct grant programs. The General Cycle Fund supports organizations working in all areas of the LGBTQ movement, with priority given to the following: The Arts: Tools for Social Change, Transgender Justice, Youth, and Community Engagement. The Paul D. Higgins Fund supports organizations that provide housing and supportive services for people living with HIV and AIDS. Applications for both programs must be submitted by May 2, 2016.
Training Opportunities

The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests
The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams for this new webinar! Ms. Adams will share how to call attention to the problem or need facing your organization or community, and how to take that information and create a sense of urgency so the grantmaker feels compelled to act now. This webinar is fast-paced and full of new ideas and usable resources, as well as numerous examples of need statements taken from winning grant proposals. This 90 minute webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET. All levels of grant writers are encouraged to attend. Visit the link above to register.

How to Secure Funding from Foundations  Foundations are mysterious institutions to those not familiar with them. In this webinar, Judith Margolin demystifies the process of securing foundation funding. The webinar provides a thorough grounding in what foundations are all about, including how many there are, who runs them, and trends in foundation giving. The focus is on what motivates foundations to give and how you can determine why they might or might not support your organization. Topics include types of foundations and styles of approach, determining your organization's funding needs, finding the best prospect, what makes a winning grant proposal, introducing your agency to a foundation, and proposal submission techniques. This presentation will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:000 PM ET.Visit the link above to register.

The Invisible Yellow Line: Nonprofit Governance  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 you 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 at 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

 Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your application? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. To learn more, click here.

Pathfinder - is a new, free, interactive website, offered by where users have access to an extensive list of resources of professional development opportunities. This website is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.  Please visit us by clicking the pathfinder link above.

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We are happy to once again offer the benefits of the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢  Take advantage of this dynamic leadership education series, . 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. To order please contact Linda.
Here’s how the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢ – Webinar Series works: 
  •  The content has been designed to provide an engaging, educational, how-to roadmap that will captivate the imagination of attendees to successfully drive positive behavioral change at every level.
  •  Each webinar includes a downloadable Learning Guide that features priority best practice tools, LEAN friendly SOP checklists, and critical implementation skills.
  •  As a value-added bonus, every hospital team will receive a complimentary one hour customized Coaching Call with authors Brian Lee, CSP.
  •  Participants who miss any of the scheduled webinar series, or wish to revisit or share the content with other employees, can access the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢  Library for three months following the final webinar.

Member to Member Business Partner 
NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program 
NCHN members interested in marketing products and/or services they have developed may apply for participation in the NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program (MMBPP). Participation is available to any dues paying NCHN member desiring to share their products or services with other NCHN members. Qualifications to participate in the MMBPP:
•    Must be a NCHN voting member in good standing
•    Must have products or services available from the network for NCHN
     members to evaluate and purchase
•    Application must be approved by NCHN Board of Directors 
To download the application please click 
apply here.
For questions please contact Rebecca  

National News and Other Information

Nonprofit Quarterly
In Complex Health Care for Children, Collaboration is the Key By .
Navigating the intricacies of the U.S. health care system is stressful for the millions of patients whose quality of life depends on it. It is common for health consumers to find themselves feeling stranded, left without the assurance of cohesive high-quality and high-value patient care. In pediatrics, where the number of children with complex medical conditions is rising, the need for, and importance of enhanced care coordination cannot be overstated. According to a recent
article in the Wall Street Journal, more providers are striving to meet this critical need through the adoption of the complex-care clinic model.
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