Hats off to organizations concerned in profitable neighborhood constructing! I am grateful to be working with such wonderful neighborhood leaders. Collectively we’re shaping community-building initiatives which are making a optimistic distinction in our communities. Many individuals are profitable, I imagine, as a result of they mix appreciable skilled abilities with a ardour for constructing neighborhood that’s rooted in hope. This hope in our skill to make a distinction creates optimistic change when paired with entry to the instruments, sources, insurance policies and levers of energy wanted to make long-lasting neighborhood change.
Research by the Happiness Venture on the College of Pennsylvania, and talks by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in The Guide 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 will make issues higher. She stated “if there’s an impediment in your path, go round it or over it. When you should, blast by means of it or tunnel underneath 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 function and the belongings we deliver 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 Providers Division are working tirelessly to construct and keep a wide selection of neighborhood initiatives to deal with behavioral well being; jail diversion and neighborhood re-entry; substance use dysfunction (SUD); opioid use dysfunction (OUD), and way more! This area has, over time, constructed federal and nationally acknowledged mannequin initiatives, and continues to win contracts and awards for planning and community growth. Initiatives signify overlapping networks, with lots of of individuals creating optimistic neighborhood change. Lauren Reichelt, the chief of a lot of the work, is a boundlessly enthusiastic champion with wonderful 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 optimistic neighborhood change within the NNM area. A couple of embody Lore Pease, CEO of El Centro Well being and Chair of the RACHC; Brenda Romero, RN, MSN Presbyterian Espanola Hospital Chief Government, and Vice-Chair of the RACHC; Michelle Peixnho and Monica Griego, who’re guiding most of the new initiatives with Lauren. It has been and continues to be a privilege to work with Lauren and lots of others on a plan for Neighborhood Well being Wants Evaluation, Well being Profile, and different issues. Lauren, you’re, certainly, a Hero of Well being!
Probably the most 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 Improvement Affiliation (MRGEDA) realizes that our workforce is being severely impacted by substance abuse and different behavioral well being points. To deal with this, MRGEDA has developed a Healthcare Committee (HCC) underneath 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 wonderful to work with people who find themselves such expert professionals, equally enthusiastic about creating neighborhood well being “from the bottom up,” in ways in which have interaction scores of stakeholders. The brand new Government 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 optimistic system change. As one would possibly 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 individuals enthusiastic about reversing overdose deaths. The partnership is a Neighborhood 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 function and dedication to create optimistic neighborhood change. Sharon and the crew 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 present for juggling a thousand and one tasks! Launched to him by means of 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 neighborhood initiatives. It is a pleasure working with Dan, and HMS Chief Help Officer, Edith Lee, and the crew. Earlier this fall. HMS and New Ventures had been awarded a aggressive contract by Freeport McMoRan Basis to guide Grant County in an intensive hole evaluation and neighborhood well being wants evaluation to find extra about older grownup wants, companies, sources, belongings, and choices for the longer term. Collectively, with vital neighborhood engagement, we’re growing a Collaborative Neighborhood Plan for Senior Providers. HMS shouldn’t be solely the FQHC healthcare system for the Grant and Hidalgo County area of Southwestern NM, in addition 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 fireplace, engaging in a lot it makes the top spin! If that weren’t sufficient, I am additionally thrilled to have native marketing consultant and system change agent, Chris DeBolt, working with me on this venture. We’re kicking into gear, and having enjoyable addressing one of many greatest points in immediately’s world, what Ken Dychtwald calls “The Age Wave.” It is deal with to work with dedicated professionals who’re such efficient neighborhood builders.
Investing in and constructing communities is what Presbyterian Healthcare Providers (PHS) is all about. They join with communities by means of their increasing statewide healthcare system, create partnerships with Neighborhood Well being Councils (CHCs), and make monetary investments in native collaborative initiatives and partnerships. Dedicated to creating neighborhood 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 crew 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. In command of the PHS Heart for Neighborhood 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 neighborhood well being in holistic ways in which have interaction communities.
Whereas not desirous to decelerate an excessive amount of this summer season, a crew of change brokers from Northern and Central New Mexico gathered to construct a plan for an Opioid Associated Workforce Improvement Initiative. Northern Space
Workforce Board ED Jeff Barela and SER Jobs for Progress’ ED, Alex Martinez; Financial Improvement 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 can 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 skill to juggle and combine the entire gamers and the components for a win-win state plan is a superb present!
The Cody, WY Chamber of Commerce has one of the vital engaged communities yow 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 all the 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 Government Director, Board, Employees and Companions was like dancing, and an actual pleasure. Folks had been stuffed with on-target evaluation about membership and applications; a deep understanding about member, neighborhood and regional wants and belongings; and a strong imaginative and prescient with inventive methods for shifting into the longer term as a regional gateway. The vitality of the group is thrilling, contagious, and is constructing traction. Government Director, Tina Hoebelheinrich is a dynamo who has made many optimistic modifications prior to now few years which have moved the Chamber to a brand new degree. 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 big footprint. Over time, the well being councils have served as conveners, planners, organizers and builders of neighborhood 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 all the time prepared to return to the desk and work collaboratively to construct neighborhood well being and create optimistic 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 by means of 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 can be presenting a brief piece on learn how to enhance state contracting with nonprofits, based mostly upon groundbreaking analysis carried out by Dr. Elizabeth Boris on the City Institute’s Nationwide Heart 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 might be constructed by cross-sector partnerships between governmental and nonprofit leaders. We are able to, and will take contracting to the subsequent degree!
Once I take into consideration the neighborhood constructing work being executed by my purchasers 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 function in life that lies in service to others, in constructing neighborhood and bringing hope. Could your winter holidays be a time of reflection, connection, hope, pleasure – and enjoyable!