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Considering the Role of the Board and the Role of the CEO

Karen Lehman, President/CEOby Karen Lehman, President/CEO

A collaborative and trusting relationship between the board and the chief executive is an important indicator of a healthy board and organization.  Cooperation, transparency, accountability, respect, and frequent communication are foundational for creating a positive board and chief executive relationship. [Read More...]

Lower Utility Bills to Offset COVID-19 Expenses

Dianne Piet, your MHS dedicated CPS Client Account ManagerWith the multifaceted utility rate structures, incentive programs, rebates, tax credits, industry specific billing codes, meter readings and more – utilities are complex! Extensive knowledge of the utility industry’s billing process, as well as the local and state programs, is essential to effectively review your utility bills. With this amount of complexity, a small overpayment can easily go unnoticed until it is incorporated into your monthly utility budget for many years. Care Purchasing Services (CPS) has utility vendors that can execute comprehensive utility bill audits, make and implement recommendations to reduce your future utility bills and receive refunds on past charges and deliver full service consultations. [Read more…]

Putting a Stop to Office Bullying

by Twila Albrecht and Chris Rahe

Whether overt or subtle, abrasive or silent, bullying can follow us from the school yard into the workplace.

According to Forbes magazine, workplace bullying affects 75% of workers.“Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work-interference, i.e. sabotage, which prevents work from getting done,” from Workplace Bullying Institute. [Read More... ]

Welcome New Leaders

The past few months have seen new leaders at several of our member organizations and we’d like to spotlight them here. [ Read more...]

August Webinar

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August 27 at 2:00 pm EDT – Clarifying the role of the board and the role of the CEO

Presented by: Karen Lehman, MHS President & CEO

Description: A collaborative and trusting relationship between the board and the chief executive is an important indicator of a healthy board and organization.  Cooperation, transparency, accountability, respect, and frequent communication are foundational for creating a positive board and chief executive relationship. However, boundaries can become unclear, particularly when the organization goes through a transition such as the current times we are living in. Join us for a clarifying conversation in a safe space in this session with MHS CEO, Karen Lehman.

Mennonite Health System Receives National Quality Award

Sistema de Salud Menonita recently became the first and only Puerto Rican company to receive the “Commitment Level Recognition” award established by the Malcolm Baldrige quality model.

The “Commitment” award is one of the accreditations that precede the formal application for the Malcolm Baldrige Award that was established by the U.S. Congress and is awarded by the President of the United States as the highest honor to a company for organizational excellence.

Member Anniversary Video

Video ThumbnailSeveral of our member organizations are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2020. We've put together a brief video - that would have been shown at Health Assembly - to help celebrate these member anniversaries. [ Read More...]

Mennonite Health Assembly 2021

Save the dates

Tuesday-Thursday March 9-11
12:00 - 3:00 pm EST / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT




EMU Webinar: Trauma and Resilience in the COVID-19 Storm

During ‘normal times’, the stress and struggles of daily life can be trauma-producing for children and adults. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety and emotional distress are on the rise as we ride the ‘waves’ of this storm. How children respond depends on whether they are already stressed, their age, understanding of the situation and support and resources available.

In order to prepare for the surge of trauma-related issues coming our way, it is important that parents and teachers understand that fear and trauma affect how we think, feel, and behave. Unaddressed trauma can lead to more pain and harm as we act out against others or become self-destructive. It is essential that we all have some tools for addressing stress/trauma and for building resilience.

Get more information on the Eastern Mennonite University website.

Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

As part as our committment to continue working toward racial justice, we will feature several items from the list of 97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice in each issue of eConnections.

  • If you or a friend is an educator, buy said friend books that feature POC as protagonists and heroes, no matter the racial make-up of the class. A few good lists are hereherehereherehereherehere, and here. And/or purchase educational toys that feature POC, such as finger puppetsBlack History Flashcards, etc for their classroom. Use these items year-round, not just in February. The racial make-up of students doesn’t matter — kids of every race need to know American history and be exposed to people from different races, religions, and countries. If the friend is interested, buy them for your pal’s classroom. Don’t be shy to ask Facebook friends that you haven’t actually talked to in ten years.
  • If you or a friend or family member is an educator, watch or share this video of Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking about his experience as a Black student telling people he wanted to be a scientist and astrophysicist. Tyson’s experience reminds me of a Black friend whose high school teachers tried to dissuade her from taking AP classes, because, with the best of intentions, they thought the AP classes would be “too much” for her. Be an educator who supports and encourages, not one who dissuades. Talk to educators you know about being educators who support and encourage, not educators who dissuade.
  • Work on ensuring that Black educators are hired where Black children are being taught. If you want to know more about why and how this makes a difference for Black children, check out this episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast. There are some really good nuggets in there about how schools can support the achievement of Black students — from ensuring Black students aren’t closed out of gifted programs by using test results instead of white teachers’ recommendations to the influence that having a Black teacher has on a Black student’s education to the importance to fostering a school ethos wherein Black students think, “This school is here for me.”
  • Many companies have recruiting channels that are predominantly white. Work with your HR department to recruit Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Recruiting from HBCUs is a good start. Work to put descendants of enslaved Africans already hired under supportive managers.
  • Donate to anti-white supremacy work such as your local Black Lives Matter Chapter, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, the NAACPSouthern Poverty Law CenterUnited Negro College FundBlack Youth Project 100Color of ChangeThe Sentencing ProjectFamilies against Mandatory MinimumsA New Way of LifeEqual Justice Initiative, and Dream Defenders. Join some of these list-serves and take action as their emails dictate.
  • Support Black businesses. Find them on WeBuyBlackThe Black Wallet, and Official Black Wall Street. Another great list is here. Yelp now has a feature to search for Black-owned businesses, and Etsy features Black-owned businesses here. Thank you Corinna Tricarico for the info on Etsy.
  • Bank Black. It doesn’t have to be all of your checking or savings. Opening up an account with some money is better than no account at all. You can use the link from #14 (type “banking” in the Category field) or this site to find a bank. At the very least, move some or all of your checking, savings, mortgage, etc out of Wells Fargo as a part of the divestment movement to protect Standing Rock.
  • Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor. Find a good list here. While Whole Foods is on that list, but pledged to stop using prison labor in 2016, they haven’t made amends for that abuse. You can’t pour gas on a burning building, decide to stop pouring the gas, then walk away like everything is fine. Until Whole Foods pays reparations, they stay on the boycott list.
  • Stand outside of the stores from #16 with a sign that reads “[Company] uses prison labor” even if for 30 mins a few times a month.
  • Read up about mandatory minimum sentences and watch videos about this on Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM’s) website. FAMM’s website includes work being done at the federal level and state level. Call or write to your state legislators and governor about reducing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes.


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