June 19, 2013 Print E-mail


Meeting Minutes of June 19, 2013  
(approved on 8/21/13)

I.   Welcome and Introductions
Present:   Susan Buckley, Ovieda Elliott, Kate Green, Siddiq Kilkenny, Claire Knox, Rex Bohn, Sheryl Lyons, Ronnie Swartz
Staff:   Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Consultant:   Nancy Howatt
Guests:   Marcelina Mejia de Castillo, Michelle Balter, Marilyn Powell, Connie Sundberg, Dian Pecora, Taffy Stockton, Kim Rios, Christina Huff, Mary Schweikert, Laura Hernandez, Jessica Callahan, Holly Baker, Grecia Rojas, Kathy Vitale, Misty Bibancos, Allan Campbell, Jeannie Campbell, Luke Huffman, Elena Soloviev, Lynn Langdon, Shelby Peterson, Anna Davison, Georgia Salmon, Garry Eagles 

Ronnie Swartz called the meeting to order at 5:05 pm

II.   Public Comments and Announcements
Ronnie Swartz welcomed new Commission members Sheryl Lyons and Rex Bohn.

III.   Executive Director Report

  • The “Teen Pregnancy & Parenting in Humboldt County:  Integrated Services & Supports Plan” is now posted on our humkids website under “What’s New.”
  • Outgoing Commissioner Kathy Young was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.  Wendy and Kathy will have a lunch meeting soon. Kathy continues to be interested in the Commission’s work, especially in the upcoming PFS work with Manila, Rio Dell, and the MAC.
  • Wendy routed an insert from the San Francisco Chronicle “Insight – Opinions, Editorials and more.” The content of the insert focuses on investing in early childhood. One of the articles is by Ann O’Leary “Give kids a chance to succeed,” which addresses the State’s need to support early childhood programs to reap rewards that outweigh expenses.
  • The Hands On Health van, sponsored by First 5 California, will be in Humboldt County on July 9th.  The van will be stationed at the Discovery Museum in the morning, and at the McKinleyville Family Resource Center in the afternoon.
  • An update on AB 1152, the bill seeking to save Cal-SAFE funding and restoring the program to its former efficiency, was not approved.  However, the Statute was not eliminated.
  • The Commission’s annual retreat is being held in the Ferndale Town Hall on July 11th.
  • The red folder was routed, which included an invitation to the NFP graduation ceremony, Parent Voices flyers, flyers from First 5 California, a letter from President Obama to ReadyNation, photos from a grant-funded program, Times Standard news articles, an article from Discover Magazine, and a Thank You card for Open Door Community Health Center. 

IV.  Approval of Minutes:  Commission Meeting Minutes of May 15, 2013
ACTION:  The minutes of May 15, 2013 were approved as presented.

V.  Consent Calendar
A. Monthly Postings:  March 2013 expenditures
B. Monthly Postings:  April 2013 expenditures
C. Monthly Postings:  May 2013 expenditures
D. Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center:  Funding allocation in the amount of $1,000 for “Circle of Care” informational brochure and packet.
E. ChildSpree Partnership:  Funding allocation in the amount of $2,500 for children in need to secure new clothes for entering kindergarten in the fall of 2013
F. Northcoast Clinics Network:  Funding allocation in the amount of $1,300 as a contribution with other funders to support hospital-based dentistry case management with Darla Dale.
ACTION:  All consent calendar items were approved as presented.

VI.  Action Item:  FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT Ten Year Forecast
Nancy Howatt, Fiscal Consultant, gave a brief background about FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT funds and the formation of the Sustainability Fund.

Per GASB 54 guidelines, we are required to show how our funds are committed before the annual audit is performed.  The Ten Year Forecast is updated on an annual basis after the approval of the Commission budgets.  The FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT budgets were approved on May 15, 2013. The Ten Year Forecast shows how the ending funding balance is committed.

Nancy reviewed the Ten Year Forecast with Commissioners. The Ten Year Forecast is broken out by the FY 13/14 budget, the 2014-17 Strategic Plan budget cycle, and Future Plans 2018-23 budget cycles. Nancy explained the revenue, transfer needed from the Sustainability Fund to sustain core programs over time, the expenditures for administration, evaluation, program services, and core programs. The Ten Year Forecast shows the Sustainability Fund balance at the beginning of each Fiscal Year, the estimated interest earned, the transfer to the General Fund each Fiscal Year, and the ending fund balance.

Commissioners reviewed the 2012-13 Components of Ending Fund Balance, which is broken down by General Fund, Sustainability Fund, and Total Amount.  Within the categories, the unspendable and committed funds are shown. To comply with GASB 54 to address committed funds, the Commission established a policy in June 2011.  Should the General Fund Balance at June 30, 2013 exceed $1,260,482 the balance is committed to Safety Net Activities.  Should the Sustainability Fund Balance at June 30, 2013 exceed $4,552,870 the balance is committed to Programs.
ACTION:  Per FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT’s Policy for Resources to Comply with GASB 54:  Committed Fund Balance, the Ten Year Forecast was approved as presented.

VII.  Action Item:  Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County  
Commissioner Buckley announced a conflict of interest, recused herself, and left the room during this Action Item.

Commissioners received the initial concept of a partnership between Maternal Child & Adolescent Health/Public Health and FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT at the last meeting to address strategies identified in the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan for Humboldt County.  

Michelle Balter and Dian Pecora reviewed the proposed Scope of Work and the proposed budget for the partnership with Commissioners.  They explained how FIRST 5 HUMBOLDT funds can be used as matching funds to leverage federal funds. The partnership would consist of a 3-year partnership with a $25,000 allocation per year. The funds will support compensation for two positions, an independent contractor to oversee the Pediatric Oral Health Initiative Leadership Team (POHILT) work, and a Public Health Nutritionist to continue the Dental Advisory Group (DAG) work. The POHILT will be charged with moving the Children’s Dental Strategic Plan forward.  The independent contractor’s scope of work includes identifying and recruiting key community stakeholders for POHILT participation, developing clear vision and mission for the POHILT, and developing measurable outcomes and timelines for activities to be carried out in year 1 of the partnership. Other scope of work items include data collection, supporting community oral health leadership, identifying action planning, providing technical assistance, securing additional financial resources, complementing the Public Health Nutritionist’s activities/work, and providing quarterly progress reports.. 

The DAG will continue to meet on a quarterly basis for information sharing and line level staff interagency coordination. The Public Health Nutritionist also will coordinate the WIC fluoride varnish clinics, and distribute oral health supplies received through a Henry Schein grant.
ACTION:  Commissioner approved a partnership with Maternal Child and Adolescent Health/Public Health to improve the oral health status of pregnant women and children in the amount of $25,000 annually for three years.

VIII.    Action Item:  California Standards for Family Strengthening and Support
Per the updated Strategic Plan 2012, the Commission seeks to increase focus on the capacity of Family Resource Centers.  The California Standards for Family Strengthening and Support are recognized as best practices for Family Resource Centers.  The Healthy Start Schools and Communities Partnership (HSSCP) plans to host an initial training on the Standards here in Humboldt County to certify local Family Resource Center staff and to introduce the Standards to community partners.  Funding in the amount of $4,000 is requested to help cover the cost of the Training.

Taffy Stockton and Christina Huff introduced the Standards with a Power Point presentation. Christina talked about how the Standards were developed. The focus of the Standards is on families who have the responsibility for raising a child. The definition of a family was explained. What makes the Standards unique is that they integrate the 9 Family Support Principles and the 5 Protective Factors framework. The Family Support Principles and the Protective Factors were reviewed. The 17 Standards are also categorized by five sections, each with indicators and examples. The five sections are: Family Centeredness, Family Strengthening, Embracing Diversity, Community Building, and Evaluation.

Taffy & Christina talked about how the minimum quality indicators will create a solid foundation for Family Resource Centers, and how programs are encouraged to strive to meet the high quality indicators in order to serve families most effectively. Implementing the Standards is a developmental process for the Family Resource Centers.

A training for implementation of the Standards is being planned in Humboldt County for late October 2013.  Participants will receive certification for the Standards training, which is valid for two years. Participants who attend the certification training also can continue with out of the area “Train the Trainer” training.

HSSCP will be hosting the certification training and is asking the Commission for seed funding.  The overall cost of the one-day training is estimated at $9,500 and HSSCP is seeking $4,000 from the Commission to help secure funds from additional local funders/agency partners. HSSCP is also seeking some in-kind donations from local partners to help off-set the cost of the training.
ACTION:  A funding contribution to HSSCP in the amount of $4,000 for the training on the California Standards for Family Strengthening and Support, to be held in the fall of 2013, was approved.

IX.  Recognition of Program Results, and Successes by Acknowledgement of Program Leaders, Partners, and Communities
Commissioners recognized the following program leaders, partners and communities:
Dr. Garry Eagles, Humboldt County Office of Education; Amy Jester, Humboldt Area Foundation; Dean John Lee, Humboldt State University; Christina Huff and Lisa Henninger, Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center; Jeannie Campbell, Redwood Community Action Agency; Marcelina Mejia de Castillo, Healthy Kids Humboldt/St. Joseph Health System; Jessica Callahan, Arcata Rooney McKinleyville Children’s Centers board member; Kim Rios, Blue Lake Community Resource Center; Dian Pecora, formerly of Public Health Nursing for the County of Humboldt; Connie Sundberg, Changing Tides Family Services; Beth Chaton, Cindi Kaup, Laura Hernandez, and Shelby Peterson, Humboldt County Office of Education; Connie Stewart, California Center for Rural Policy; Holly Baker, Maternal Child & Adolescent Health/Public Health; Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney; Elena Soloviev, parent; Julie Simpson, Petrolia community leader; Lynn Langdon, Discovery Museum; Monica Marinez, South Fortuna Elementary School; Elaine DuBois, Tiny Tots Playgroup; Jeanine Lancaster, Humboldt County Library; Kathy Vitale, Teacher’s Pet Preschool; Deanna Sanders, California Dept. of Social Services/Community Care Licensing; Misty Bibancos, Hoopa Tribal Early Head Start; Karie Carsner, College of the Redwoods/Child Development Center; and Anna & Dave Davison, and Georgia Salmon, Stepping Stones Family Child Care.
Recognition also was given to the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), located at Eureka First Church of the Nazarene; and the community of McKinleyville.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Humboldt County Office of Education
Madrone conference room

Chair:  Kate Green

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

Future Meetings:
Thursday, July 11, 2013; Commission Retreat – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Ferndale Town Hall
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