NCHN e-News: May 17, 2016


2016 Annual Educational Conference Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey for the 2016 Conference.   The completion rate was 51% of the conference participants!  The full results will be shared with the 2017 Conference Planning Committee.  Here is a snapshot of results.

Question: Please provide an overall rating of the NCHN 2016 Annual Educational Conference (5 = highly effective and 1 = highly ineffective.

Results: 5 = 37%, 4 = 47% 3 = 17%, 2 = 0%, 1 = 0%

Question. What was the most valuable aspect of this conference to you?
  • Networking
  • Networking - meeting others 
  • Networking opportunities
  • Networking with others in my field.  Information about leadership and customer service.
  • Networking with other leaders and professionals
  • Networking with my peers.
  • Networking and hearing from people in the field
  • Networking and federal update
  • Connections and seeing how other communities operate
  • The ability to work with my peers and meet new people from other networks
  • Seeing colleagues
  • Talking with others who are working to build and sustain networks
  • Ability to share our network peer groups with other networks
  • I thought the whole conference was valuable.  From the opening speaker to the town hall closing.  I learned a lot from the speakers that I will be able to use in my employment both for the Network and Informatics.  
  • Opportunity to meet other network leaders and hear their experiences, practices, and current projects.
  • Brian Lee's presentation.  Great tips and tangible take aways!
  • I would say the Disney training  and  Brian's session

And The Winner Is ...
15  people who completed the survey submitted their names for the drawing for 2 nights of free lodging at next year's conference.  And the Winner of Free Lodging at next year's conference is.... 
Tim Cox from Northland Healthcare Alliance in Bismarck, ND.  Congratulations Tim!

2016 Membership Dues Assessment
This is a friendly reminder to please complete your 2016 Dues Assessment and Renewal form by the end of this month.  If you have not received the form please contact Rebecca at The form is due May 31, 2016.

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   

May 26, 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST. 
Join us to brainstorm approaches to creating effective collaboration in network teams when change is the norm. And when chaos greets you at the door and pops up in your in-box. Let’s talk about conflict! And how to engage in team disagreements that might just create innovation. We’ll see you next week!  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

NCHN's fiscal year began May 1st.  The Board of Directors and Executive Director are working to finalize this FY's calendar.  Check the next eNews for dates.  The NCHN website calendar will be updated as soon as dates/events are determined.


Member News

Michigan Rural EMS Network
WELCOME NEW COMMUNITIES TO MIRESCU! - At our Summit meeting, seven new communities were added to the MiResCu program. Please join us in welcoming; Alpena Fire Department, Clark Twp. Vol. Ambulance Corp, Kinross EMS, Montcalm County Emergency Services, Newaygo County Emergency Services, Oscoda County EMS, and Spectrum Health Pennock. All of the communities have attended our Michigan Resuscitation Academy and endured "Vinnie's MiResCu Torture Chamber".  Vinnie's did a great job and the course was packed with info, instruction and a little EMS humor.

Funding News & Announcements

The Spring 2016 Edition of the State of Grantseeking has been published by GrantsSation.  If you would like to read the report please click

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation: Homeownership Grant Program
The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is committed to increasing homeownership through the development of affordable housing in the United States. The Foundation’s Homeownership Grant Program supports local nonprofit housing organizations nationwide that help create sustainable homeownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. The program focuses on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. The average grant size for this program is around $7,800. Funded programs must serve owner-occupied low- to moderate-income homebuyers only. Requests may be submitted from June 1 through June 30, 2016. Visit the Wells Fargo website by using the link above to review the application guidelines.

Grants Address Aging in Place Issues for Rural Seniors

Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations
Kendal Charitable Funds is dedicated to supporting improvements in serving older adults that are reflective of a pioneering spirit in the field of aging. Kendal’s Promising Innovations grants are intended for nonprofit organizations that work to meet the needs of a burgeoning population of elders. In 2016, the program will support projects that identify and respond to challenges faced by individuals aging in place in rural areas. New initiatives to serve these individuals, as well as the expansion of current programs, will be considered. Grants will range up to $25,000. Several smaller requests may be granted rather than one or two larger ones. Priority is given to projects that have significant potential for change and replication. Letters of intent must be submitted by May 22, 2016; invited proposals will be due on August 5, 2016. Visit the Kendal website via the link above to download the 2016 Grant Opportunity document.

Grants Assist Capacity Building Organizations in the Upper Midwest

Bush Foundation: Ecosystem Grants The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 Native Nations. The Foundation’s Ecosystem Grants provide general operating support to help sustain organizations that create unique and significant value for the Foundation’s grantees, Fellows, Rebuilders, and others. The focus is on organizations that provide critical data and analysis, spread great ideas and build capacity, advance public awareness and policy, and build and support leadership networks. Organizations may apply to receive as much as $200,000 over two years in general operating support. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 26, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Ecosystem Grants opportunity

Health and Human Services
HHS Awards over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Build and Renovate Facilities to Serve More Patients - May 4, 2017, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations. 
Full Announcement.

Training Opportunities


How Do We Measure That? Program Evaluation Methods to Show Your True Effects (New)
Wednesday May 25, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site   

Surveys, focus groups, and comparison groups, oh my! So many methods, not enough time. In this interactive webinar, you'll learn how to choose the right program evaluation methods for your specific situation, so you can get results you can use to improve your program.

* Did we achieve the results we expected?
* What effect did we have, including any unexpected effects?
* What would help to strengthen our program?

Using real-world evaluation examples, Bernadette and Ladel will discuss a broad range of evaluation methods that can help answer these questions. This webinar will serve as a guide for beginner and intermediate audiences and as an opportunity to discuss sometimes overlooked methodological issues and new developments for the advanced audience. You'll receive worksheets to help you plan a strong evaluation for your next grant project. Visit the link above to register.

Corporate Giving Trends and Your Nonprofit (NEW)

Thursday June 2, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Corporate philanthropy is no longer just for the Fortune 500s, and today's corporations -- both large and small -- are becoming more sophisticated in their giving. While grants are still a part of the corporate giving landscape, there are a handful of key trends that will shape corporate philanthropy in the years to come. Learning about these trends can position your nonprofit for greater success with grants and beyond.
Join Stacey Wedding as she provides you with the latest corporate giving trends and how to proactively position your organization to maximize success. You will leave the webinar with better insight into the minds of today's corporate funders along with specific strategies you can use to build a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with corporate partners.
As a special bonus, you will receive "Top Corporate Giving Trends," a resource to ensure that you are "in the know" and can adapt your grant and fundraising strategy accordingly.  Visit the link above to register.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

We are happy to once again offer the benefits of the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢ 8. 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. The next series will start June 14, 2016. To order please contact Tara at
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.

National News and Other Information

NonProfit Quarterly
This article was originally published by NPQ online, on May 9, 2016, YEAR (URL OF ORIGINAL ARTICLE ON NPQ’S WEBSITE). Used with permission.
Models and Components of a Great Nonprofit Dashboard
Nonprofits are complex enterprises. They are built around mission and desired outcomes but must be supported by the right revenue and expense models—which together comprise an integrated enterprise model. As an organization’s goals, strategy, and operating context shift over time, a dashboard allows a nonprofit to monitor both the effectiveness of this enterprise or business model, as evidenced by the organization’s financial health, and the impact of the programs and services being provided.  To read the full article please click the URL link above.
NCHN is a national professional membership organization comprised exclusively of health networks, alliances, and/or network stakeholders dedicated to supporting the success of health networks. Its mission is to support and strengthen health network. Network members include some of the of most longstanding and established networks in the country, as well as some of the most recently formed networks. Find out more online at

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