Hats off to organizations concerned in profitable group constructing! I am grateful to be working with such superb group leaders. Collectively we’re shaping community-building initiatives which might be making a constructive distinction in our communities. Many individuals are profitable, I consider, as a result of they mix appreciable skilled abilities with a ardour for constructing group that’s rooted in hope. This hope in our potential to make a distinction creates constructive change when paired with entry to the instruments, sources, insurance policies and levers of energy wanted to make long-lasting group change.
Research by the Happiness Mission on the College of Pennsylvania, and talks by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in The E book of Pleasure have been touchstones for me. Each concentrate on the significance of gratitude in constructing resiliency and hope. My “non secular mom,” Maggie Kuhn, who based Grey Panthers, used to speak about hope as that deep-rooted perception that we are able to make issues higher. She stated “if there’s an impediment in your path, go round it or over it. When you should, blast via it or tunnel below it. However do not let it cease you.” Dr. Martin Luther King stated that “the arc of the universe bends towards justice,” and “no matter uplifts us is of nice significance.” Hope is rooted on this advanced understanding of the numerous challenges we face, and guides us as we transfer ahead with goal and the belongings we convey to the desk. Pleasure comes from hope that’s rooted in actuality, that additionally has wings.
Rio Arriba County Well being Council (RACHC) and the Rio Arriba County Well being & Human Companies Division are working tirelessly to construct and keep a big selection of group initiatives to deal with behavioral well being; jail diversion and group re-entry; substance use dysfunction (SUD); opioid use dysfunction (OUD), and far more! This area has, through the years, constructed federal and nationally acknowledged mannequin initiatives, and continues to win contracts and awards for planning and community growth. Initiatives symbolize overlapping networks, with lots of of individuals creating constructive group change. Lauren Reichelt, the chief of a lot of the work, is a boundlessly enthusiastic champion with superb skilled abilities and dedication that’s contagious. She is a passionate advocate for many who are marginalized. In early November, she mobilized many to deal with the potential closure of a nursing dwelling in Northern New Mexico. There are such a lot of leaders shaping constructive group change within the NNM area. A couple of embrace Lore Pease, CEO of El Centro Well being and Chair of the RACHC; Brenda Romero, RN, MSN Presbyterian Espanola Hospital Chief Govt, and Vice-Chair of the RACHC; Michelle Peixnho and Monica Griego, who’re guiding lots of the new initiatives with Lauren. It has been and continues to be a privilege to work with Lauren and plenty of others on a plan for Group Well being Wants Evaluation, Well being Profile, and different issues. Lauren, you might be, certainly, a Hero of Well being!
One of the crucial thrilling and revolutionary ways in which areas are taking a look at behavioral well being is thru the lens of financial growth. The Center Rio Grande Financial Growth Affiliation (MRGEDA) realizes that our workforce is being severely impacted by substance abuse and different behavioral well being points. To handle this, MRGEDA has developed a Healthcare Committee (HCC) below the galvanizing, highly effective and uplifting management of Sharon Finarelli, workers chief at Sierra Vista Hospital. It consists of suppliers from 4 counties, coming collectively to deal with behavioral well being points. It is superb to work with people who find themselves such expert professionals, equally obsessed with creating group well being “from the bottom up,” in ways in which have interaction scores of stakeholders. The brand new Govt Director of MRGEDA, Kirsten Kelley is already deeply concerned and a champion for this work, together with the MRGEDA Chair of the Board, Bruce Swingle. Additionally the Sierra County Supervisor, Bruce is a visionary, targeted on constructive system change. As one may count on, the community consists of a variety of behavioral well being suppliers. It additionally has engaged county administration, legislation enforcement, faculties, legislators, advocates, well being councils, state companions, and extra. The Sierra County Opioid Partnership, part of this bigger system, features a core group of about 30 folks obsessed with reversing overdose deaths. The partnership is a Group of Hope that’s addressing what some specialists name the Illness of Despair. The regional and county work represents small communities mobilizing lots of of these with a deep goal and dedication to create constructive group change. Sharon and the staff are on a mission, and it is thrilling to be part of the journey!
Dan Otero, the CEO of HMS, is a person of boundless vitality, experience and an incredible reward for juggling a thousand and one tasks! Launched to him via a workshop I led at NM Public Well being Affiliation’s Spring Convention, I’ve been amazed at his vitality, accomplishments, and the best way he has led so many group initiatives. It is a pleasure working with Dan, and HMS Chief Assist Officer, Edith Lee, and the staff. Earlier this fall. HMS and New Ventures have been awarded a aggressive contract by Freeport McMoRan Basis to guide Grant County in an intensive hole evaluation and group well being wants evaluation to find extra about older grownup wants, companies, sources, belongings, and choices for the long run. Collectively, with vital group engagement, we’re creating a Collaborative Group Plan for Senior Companies. HMS is just not solely the FQHC healthcare system for the Grant and Hidalgo County area of Southwestern NM, additionally they handle the Senior Facilities, and are opening a cutting-edge facility for behavioral well being known as “Tu Casa.” Along with that, they’re constructing a One-Cease built-in care mannequin for accessing companies. HMS is an incredible useful resource offering all kinds of companies for the area, and Dan is a ball of fireside, engaging in a lot it makes the top spin! If that weren’t sufficient, I am additionally thrilled to have native guide and system change agent, Chris DeBolt, working with me on this challenge. We’re kicking into gear, and having enjoyable addressing one of many largest points in as we speak’s world, what Ken Dychtwald calls “The Age Wave.” It is deal with to work with dedicated professionals who’re such efficient group builders.
Investing in and constructing communities is what Presbyterian Healthcare Companies (PHS) is all about. They join with communities via their increasing statewide healthcare system, create partnerships with Group Well being Councils (CHCs), and make monetary investments in native collaborative initiatives and partnerships. Dedicated to creating group well being by taking a look at broad methods, specializing in constructing well being fairness, and addressing the social determinants of well being, Leigh Caswell leads her staff from a community-rooted focus. Earlier in her profession, Leigh was the Coordinator for the Bernalillo County Well being Council, which provides her that great perspective. Accountable for the PHS Middle for Group Well being, she brings a broad imaginative and prescient, company methods experience and community-based planning and methods growth instruments. It is energizing to work with Leigh and her workers supervisor, Meredith Root-Bowman, who’re such champions for constructing group well being in holistic ways in which have interaction communities.
Whereas not eager to decelerate an excessive amount of this summer season, a staff of change brokers from Northern and Central New Mexico gathered to construct a plan for an Opioid Associated Workforce Growth Initiative. Northern Space
Workforce Board ED Jeff Barela and SER Jobs for Progress’ ED, Alex Martinez; Financial Growth guru Chris Madrid; RACHHS Director Lauren Reichelt; and Northern New Mexico Faculty President Rick Bailey labored with me to construct a plan for Northern New Mexico. We then partnered with CNM people and state Division of Workforce Options Workforce Innovation & Alternative Act Administrator, Yolanda Montoya Cordova to create what we hope will likely be a strongly supported initiative which companions workforce growth and behavioral well being to deal with the affect of opioid use dysfunction on our state’s workforce. It has been a pleasure to assist develop the plan for a multi-county, advanced initiative. Yolanda’s potential to juggle and combine all the gamers and the components for a win-win state plan is a good reward!
The Cody, WY Chamber of Commerce has some of the engaged communities you will discover – wherever! This city created by Buffalo Invoice Cody has simply over 10,000 residents, with 560 members within the Chamber! The Cody Chamber has grown into a robust pressure for financial growth for Cody and your complete Northwestern Wyoming area. I’ve been amazed at how a lot this city does, and what the Chamber means. Main a strategic planning session with the Govt Director, Board, Employees and Companions was like dancing, and an actual pleasure. Folks have been filled with on-target evaluation about membership and applications; a deep understanding about member, group and regional wants and belongings; and a strong imaginative and prescient with inventive methods for shifting into the long run as a regional gateway. The vitality of the group is thrilling, contagious, and is constructing traction. Govt Director, Tina Hoebelheinrich is a dynamo who has made many constructive modifications prior to now few years which have moved the Chamber to a brand new stage. And they’re kicking into excessive gear!
The NM Alliance of Well being Councils is an unimaginable small useful resource with an enormous community and large footprint. Through the years, the well being councils have served as conveners, planners, organizers and builders of group well being in so many counties and tribal areas. It has been great to work with NMAHC ED Terrie Rodriguez and supervisor, Chris DeBolt on tasks. They’re companions at all times prepared to come back to the desk and work collaboratively to construct group well being and create constructive change for communities. With expanded funding to cowl sufficient staffing ranges, well being councils have, collectively, leveraged core funding at a ratio of 4:1. That is what Ron Hale and I found in our consulting work with well being councils years in the past. That is vital leveraging, and I’m hopeful that this upcoming legislative session will present expanded funding for the NMAHC.
A shout-out to the CO-WY MS Chapter of the Nationwide A number of Sclerosis Society and the numerous volunteers and cyclists who raised about $200,000 for MS! Cyclists went from Sheridan to Buffalo, and up steep inclines to Dayton and Ranchester. The volunteers actually got here from each nook of those communities to assist, information, encourage and feed the lots of of cyclists who pedaled via blazing temps. This was a beautiful instance of communities coming collectively. Hats off to CEO Carrie Nolan, WY supervisor Molly Palmer, Buffalo WY Ambassadors Kathleen and Ron McPhee – and the lots of of volunteers!
On December seventh, I am attending the NM Public Well being Affiliation Coverage Discussion board, and will likely be presenting a brief piece on easy methods to enhance state contracting with nonprofits, based mostly upon groundbreaking analysis performed by Dr. Elizabeth Boris on the City Institute’s Nationwide Middle for Charitable Statistics and the Nationwide Council of Nonprofits’ work in a number of states. There may be now a physique of analysis, together with fashions and evidence-based practices for simpler state contracting. These enhancements may be constructed by cross-sector partnerships between governmental and nonprofit leaders. We will, and will take contracting to the following stage!
After I take into consideration the group constructing work being accomplished by my shoppers and colleagues, I’m extraordinarily grateful for his or her work, and the chance to be a part of that large image. All of us have a bigger goal in life that lies in service to others, in constructing group and bringing hope. Could your winter holidays be a time of reflection, connection, hope, pleasure – and enjoyable!