May 15, 2013 Print E-mail

 

Meeting Minutes of May 15, 2013
(Approved on 6/19/13)  

I.   Welcome and Introductions

Present:   Susan Buckley (5 pm – 6:45 pm), Ovieda Elliott, Kate Green, Siddiq Kilkenny, Claire Knox, Ronnie Swartz

Staff:   Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa

Consultants:   Kim Puckett, Nancy Howatt

Guests:   Marianne Pennekamp, Dian Pecora, Michelle Balter, Beth Shipley

Absent:   Mark Lovelace            

Kate Green called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm

II.   Public Comments and Announcements
No Public Comments and Announcements were made.

III.  Executive Director Report

  • We received a letter from the State Controller’s office regarding our annual audit.  We have been notified that we are in compliance with the State requirements.
  • The Commission Retreat date has been set to July 11th.  Location of Retreat will be determined.
  • The Dr. Perry training was well attended.  About 600 people participated in the day-long training at Humboldt State University. Commissioners Green, Elliott, and Knox shared that it was a great experience.  Dr. Perry is a wonderful speaker, very knowledgeable and articulate. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the evaluation forms. People were busy dialoging during the breaks and a burst of energy has been generated out of this training. Next step is to identify how to engage training attendees and build upon the newly gained knowledge to increase capacity in service to children impacted by trauma and neglect.
  • Commissioners received copies of articles from Mark Friedman, Executive Director, First 5 Alameda; a keynote address from Liz Schorr; the Executive Summary from “Ready Nation,” and the press conference announcement for the release of the Teen Pregnancy & Parenting Integrated Services & Support Plan.
  • Wendy will be attending a Leadership Retreat with the Cowell Foundation next week.  Eight people from Humboldt County will be participating.
  • Wendy announced a follow-up of the letter mailed to Assembly Member Chesbro and State Senator Noreen Evans about the CalSafe Program.  Assembly Member Chesbro voted in support of the CalSafe Program and 4 other Assembly Members also voted in support.
  • The red folder was routed, which included a copy of a Power Point presentation, and the President’s “Preschool for All” proposal.

IV.   Approval of Minutes:  Commission Meeting Minutes of April 18, 2013
ACTION:  The minutes of 4/18/13 were approved as submitted.

V.    Action Item:  Women & Children’s Fund
In earlier years, First 5 Humboldt contributed funding to the Women & Children’s Fund to help address safety net needs for children age 0-5.  Due to strengthening of the infrastructure under United Way of the Wine Country, it is recommended that the Commission resume providing funding for the Women and Children’s Fund in the amount up to $5,000.

The proposal was reviewed at the April meeting and Commissioners raised questions about the time frame of the listed awards; the total allocation amount for the Fund; and other partner’s contributions to the Fund.

Since the April meeting, the Switchboard Coordinator responded that the annual allocation from Humboldt Area Foundation is in the amount of $9,240. The funds received in 2011 ran out four months prior to the end of the Fiscal Year. This year, lower amounts are allocated on a monthly basis, so the funds will be available throughout the Fiscal Year. The allocation for each family/person is set at a rate of $100 up to one year. The time frame of the listed awards was from February 2011 through March 2013.

Per discussion at the last meeting, the proposed First 5 allocation will be reworded to “up to” $5,000, to ensure other available funding sources will be utilized. Commissioner Buckley said she is looking into available funds at Social Services that Public Health Nurses could utilize prior to requesting funds from the Women & Children’s Fund.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the Safety Net funding in the amount up to $5,000 to reinstate the contribution from First 5 Humboldt to the Women & Children’s Fund.

VI.   Action Item:  Annual Program Evaluation Team Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013/2014
Commissioners started reviewing the Program Evaluation Team (PET) Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 at the April meeting. Commissioners reviewed the remaining recommendations, which are for the following programs:  Parent Voices, Paso a Paso, SART, Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center/Playgroups, Switchboard, Tiny Tots playgroup, and Trinidad Tots playgroup.

Core programs were identified that may cause conflicts of interest for some Commissioners in the decision-making process. Susan Buckley announced a conflict of interest for the Nurse Family Partnership Program, recused herself, and left the room during the decision-making process.
ACTION: Commissioners approved the PET Recommendations for the Nurse Family Partnership Program, with Commissioner Buckley recusing herself and leaving the room during the decision-making process.

Commissioner Elliott announced a conflict of interest for the Children and Family Specialist, and the Inclusion Specialist funding, recused herself, and left the room during the decision-making process.
ACTION:  Commissioners approved the PET Recommendation for the Children & Family Specialist, and the Inclusion Specialist funding, with Commissioner Elliott recusing herself and leaving the room during the decision-making process.

ACTION:  Commissioners approved the following PET Recommendations:
Arcata Play Center,  Blue Lake Community Resource Center, Bridgeville Playgroup, CARES Plus Program, CAST, Community Transition Teams, Discovery Museum, FUN Play Center, Healthy Kids Humboldt, Hoopa School Readiness, KEET TV, Library Partnership, Manila Teenship, McKinleyville Family Resource Center, McKinleyville Play Center, MOPS, Multiple Assistance Center, Orleans Playgroup, Parent Voices Chapter of Humboldt, Paso a Paso, Rio Dell Playgroup, Sexual Assault Response Team, Small Grants Program, Southern Humboldt Playgroups, Switchboard, Tiny Tots Playgroup, TOOTH Program, Trinidad Playgroup, and Willow Creek Community Resource Center.

VII.   Action Item:  Commission Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014
The Fiscal Year 2013/14 budget was reviewed at the April meeting. The following changes were made since the budget was reviewed:  The prior year unspent funds/revenue was increased to balance the budget/adjust the negative budget; the County Charges were slightly increased;  and the funds for Child Care were placed into the ECCE Training and Support line item, instead of establishing a new budget line item.

Wendy reviewed the updated budget and budget narrative with Commissioners.
ACTION:  The Commission Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 was approved as presented.

VIII.    Information Item:  Teen Pregnancy & Parenting in Humboldt County:  Integrated Services & Supports Plan
In October 212, the report “Teen Pregnancy & Parenting in Humboldt County:  A Resource for Planning” was released.  In response to the report recommendations, a workgroup was convened to create an Integrated Services & Supports Plan to address current needs of pregnant and parenting teens and to consider how to enhance teen pregnancy prevention within the County. Beth Chaton from Humboldt County Office of Education co-chaired the workgroup efforts. Beth Shipley was hired to help the workgroup to address the recommendations of the report and to assist with the development of the Integrated Services & Supports Plan.

Commissioners reviewed the Integrated Services & Supports Plan, and discussed the recommendations on pages 13/14 of the Integrated Services & Supports Plan. Discussed was how to connect teen parents with Parent Voices, concerns about grouping teen parents with other parents, the importance of interpersonal linkages, supporting school-age pregnancies, cultural norms, and opportunities to connect with and to engage teen parents.

A press conference for release of the Integrated Services & Supports Plan is scheduled on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10 am at the Commission Office.

IX.    Discussion Item:  Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County
In July 2012, the Commission approved funds for the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) to develop and complete a dental strategic plan focused on low income children and perinatal women.  Supported in partnership with other local funders, the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County was released in September 2012.

During the September meeting, Commissioners discussed that some pieces of the Dental Strategic Plan would be appropriate for local First 5 funds. First 5 funds could be used as federal matching funds, if we partner with Public Health in providing support.  A multi-year agreement would be more appropriate.  Humboldt Area Foundation and other funders could support other components of the Dental Strategic Plan.

In March 2013, Wendy met with staff from Public Health to explore how to best interface with the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan recommendations.  Public Health staff now has submitted a proposal letter to First 5 Humboldt about forming a partnership around improving the oral health status of pregnant women and young children in Humboldt County.

The proposal letter was reviewed.  Dian Pecora and Michelle Balter from DHHS, Public Health Branch talked about the history of Public Health’s oral health work, including convening the Dental Advisory Group and hiring of an Oral Health Coordinator. Dian talked about legislative changes around oral health and that WIC staff now is able to provide dental varnishes.

Public Health’s proposal is to 1) convene an executive steering committee to address oral health focus areas set out in the September 2012 Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County; 2) Retain the services of Leigh Pierre-Oetker as a consultant to provide executive leadership in achieving progress in the oral health focus areas; and 3) Continue convening the Dental Advisory Group (DAG) on a quarterly basis for information sharing and line staff level interagency coordination, plus coordination of WIC fluoride varnish clinics and distribution Henry Schein grant oral health supplies.  Public Health is requesting a multi-year partnership and is seeking $25,000 per year for the next three Fiscal Years. First 5 funds will be used as matching funds with Title V federal funds. A more detailed budget and Scope of Work will be provided at the Commission’s June meeting. Dian proposed using the first year of the multi-year partnership to develop a plan and an evaluation piece for the project.

Wendy shared that Amy Jester from Humboldt Area Foundation has become very engaged in taking the lead around hospital-based dentistry for children and has convened community partners in meeting. Local funders are interested in contributing funds to support the recommendations of the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County.

The Public Health proposal will be an Action Item at the June meeting.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm 

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Humboldt County Office of Education
Sequoia A conference room

Chair:  Ronnie Swartz

 

Minutes compiled by:  Andrea Sousa, Executive Secretary, First 5 Humboldt, 1012 - 2nd Street, Eureka, 95501

Future Meetings:
Thursday, July 11, 2013;  Commission Retreat – time/location TBD
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013;  5-7 pm at HCOE, Madrone Room
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013;  8-10 am at HCOE, Madrone Room
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013;  5-7 pm at HCOE, Sequoia A conference room
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013;  5-7 pm at HCOE, Sequoia A conference room
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013;  8-10 am at HCOE, Madrone Room

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