January 8, 2015 Print E-mail

Meeting Minutes of January 8, 2015 
Corrected and approved on 2/19/15

I.   Welcome and Introductions
Present:  Ovieda Elliott, Sydney Fisher Larson, Mark Lovelace, Sheryl Lyons, Dian Pecora
Staff:  Wendy Rowan, Andrea Sousa
Consultants:   Mary Ann Hansen, Maria Vanderhorst
Guest:  Chag Lowry
Absent:  Susan Buckley, Jessica Callahan, Rebecca Lowry, Ronnie Swartz

Sheryl Lyons called the meeting to order at 8:05 am

II.  Public Comments and Announcements

  • Sydney Fisher Larson announced that College of the Redwoods now has posted the job announcement for Associate Faculty position, Sydney’s current position, which closes on February 13th.  Sydney is retiring in May 2015.
  • Mark Lovelace requested updating the list of Commissioners on the humkids website.
  • Ovieda shared that eligibility for the 0-3 population at Redwood Coast Regional Center (RCRC) has been updated, which is a significant change.  This is good news for intervention and case management of possible special needs categories. The revised eligibility requirement, which started in January 2015, was implemented by the Legislators. RCRC now has a high risk program, which was eliminated several years ago. Wendy inquired about evaluation/data base/prevention assessments, and suggested developing an Agenda about children with special needs and the Affordable Care Act in Spring 2015.

III.  Executive Director Report

  • A letter from the Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) about the Multiple Assistance Center was shared. Wendy updated Commissioners on the Commission’s funded CARE Program at RCAA, which is on hold. RCAA currently is reorganizing the Multiple Assistance Center.
  • The red folder was routed, which included an article from the National Geographic magazine, an article from the Times Standard and a follow-up editorial, the newest humkids newsletter, and a flyer about the Director Mentor Program.
  • The training video “What To Expect,” for early childhood educators, featuring Deanna Sanders, should be released next week.
  • Evaluator Kim Puckett is taking some time off, due to the passing of her mom.
  • Wendy is starting her annual site visits to funded programs. 

IV.  Approval of Minutes:  Commission meeting minutes of December 18, 2014
ACTION:  The minutes of 12/18/14 were approved as written.

V.  Action Item:  Original Voices Partnership
Wendy introduced Chag Lowry. The Original Voices Partnership proposal is requesting funding to support increased cultural proficiency among educators, social services personnel, and agency personnel who interact with local Native American families and children. Chag’s proposal comes with the approval of the Cultural Connections Collaborative, and is in alignment with the Cultural Proficiency Action Plan’s strategic direction “Renew and expand cultural proficiency in Humboldt County.” Commissioner Swartz has reviewed the proposal, is very supportive, and has offered through the Social Work Department of Humboldt State University to commit $5,000. This means that the Commission’s commitment for this proposal would be reduced to $8,000.

Chag has written several publications for the local Native American community to share their stories. Chag shared a story about a presentation he did at Humboldt State University in 1998, where he met a Native American elder, Geraldine, and her grandson Darryl. He talked about the unique historical challenge for Native Americans to interact with institutions, for example schools and county departments.  This historical challenge is still present today. With the Original Voices Partnership, Chag’s vision is to share experiences and have discussions about the internal struggles and stories of the local Native American community. The goal of the Original Voices Partnership is helping agencies and institutions to understand the historical struggles and challenges, and to build better relationships in working with Native American families.

The proposal outlines three workshops a piece offered to five local institutions, agencies, and groups. These workshops will be between 60-90 minutes in length and they will begin with viewing the “History & Hope” DVD program, which was created in partnership with United Indian Health Services and with Two Feathers Native American Services. The program has been vetted by every Tribe and Rancheria on the North Coast, and has been nationally recognized for excellence in cultural proficiency using video technology. The five entities identified for the workshops are Humboldt County Office of Education’s Decade of Difference program; the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative; Humboldt State University’s Teacher Credential program; Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services branch; and the Loleta Unified School District, which represent the education and social work field.

Chag envisions the outcome to be positive and constructive. The dialogue and the professional relationships developed during the workshops are a key component to envision a healthy future for Native American families.  In addition, an online website at www.orginalvoices.org will be re-designed that will be the proficiency companion piece to the History & Hope video. The website will contain answers and a curriculum based on feedback given during each of the workshops. In addition, the curriculum will be developed using the “Common Core” standards.

Commissioners reviewed the timeline of the proposal.  Commissioner Lovelace had questions about the budget of the proposal. Commissioner Fisher Larson requested inclusion of the early education field of College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, and to also strengthen the 0-5 piece in the proposal. She shared that educators working with children on a day-by-day basis should be offered the workshop. Chag reaffirmed that the goal is to invite early childhood educators to the workshops. Commissioners Elliott and Pecora shared their support for this proposal.  Commissioner Lyons shared that Child Welfare Services has had cultural proficiency trainings with Kishan Lara Cooper, which has helped tremendously. Commissioners discussed other entities that should be offered the workshops. Chag reassured Commissioners his ongoing commitment for the project the next 10 years, and said that this project is just one of the many projects he will be working on.

ACTION:  Commissioner approved funding in the amount of $8,000 for the Original Voices Partnership project.

VI.  Discussion Item:  Commission Officers
Per the Commission’s Bylaws, at the January Commission meeting, officers for the Commission are proposed, and at a subsequent meeting, nominees are selected by Commissioners. Commissioners discussed keeping the current Commission Officers, Mark Lovelace and Ovieda Elliott as co-chairs, and Susan Buckley as chair-elect.  Current co-chairs were asked to re-evaluate their commitment and nominations for another year.  Commission Officers for 2015 will be selected at the next meeting.

VII.  Discussion Item:  Policy Development
Existing policies need to be reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date. Commissioners received two handouts “Steps for Creating an Organizational Design,” and the “Healthy Beverage Policy” from First 5 Mendocino for review. Wendy asked Commissioners to review the “Steps for Creating an Organizational Design” and to reflect how to apply it to our work. The “Healthy Beverage Policy” from First 5 Mendocino is a policy we could incorporate into our policy work. Please review the policy and give feedback to Wendy. Wendy will draft a sample policy for the next Commission meeting.

First 5 Mendocino is also working on a policy about the use of electronic smoking devices.  We could add language about electronic smoking devices to our existing agreement language about the use of tobacco in funded projects.

VIII.  Discussion Item:  Recent Reports:  Humboldt County Data
Commissioners received the copies of reports from the Children’s Data Network and the Center for Youth Wellness at the last meeting, and by electronic mail, and were asked to review the reports prior to today’s meeting. With the Commission’s primary prevention focus, both reports do not show good scores. The Evaluation Action Team met yesterday to discuss both reports.

The following input was given for the Children’s Data Network report:

  • Not a big surprise – always good to have data to be able to address  Sydney
  • No surprise – data is from 2006 and 2007 – some already worked on, i.e. Nurse Family Partnership program and 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative  Dian
  • Good baseline, though – how to update with programs that have had an impact?  “Community Ecology” Dian
  • How can we at local level capture what’s happening – how to break out data for Native American population?  Wendy
  • Studying current ecology – great educational tool – looking at playgroups – gathering data and looking at programs  Maria
  • Pregnant and parenting teen data – good to extract  Ovieda
  • Substantiated vs. Reporting – looking at # of reports  Dian

The following input was given for the Center for Youth and Wellness report:

  • Interfaces with first (Children’s Data Network) report – based on work of Dr. Felliti – informs the importance of primary prevention  Wendy
  • Look at data we have the most problems with in our county – Incarceration, substance abuse, and possibly child abuse – part of work what our primary ACEs issues are – prevention and protective factors work  Wendy
  • DHHS does not have capacity at this time to drill down some of the numbers – need some independent researchers, i.e. HSU  Dian
  • Underlying data – rooted in substance abuse – related to other factors – need to find core issue – “self reporting” – less than 70% of our county population was born and raised here  Maria 
  • Raw data – only small # of Mendocino County & Humboldt County responses, which was combined  Sydney
  • Health & well-being of our children – connected to adult health later  Sydney
  • National movement – ACE approach – bringing in health care facilities – potential partner – Affordable Health Care Act – activities we can build on – a lot of work in Humboldt County about this  Dian
  • Underlying data from Humboldt County – requesting vs. re-creating  Mark
  • CCRP – want to have a conversation with them – also to see if they can pull out Native American data – information for primary prevention work – very timely  Wendy
  • Representing parents and grandparents – interracial data – children living in environment with parents – parenting – buffering stress in adults  Mary Ann
  • Stress – can’t buffer children from stress – but knowing how to mitigate  Sydney
  • Historically – protective factor work  Wendy
  • Drilling down study – piece of research – validating – Times Standard article – population is getting ready to receive information – PFS training – maybe receptive at next training?  Maria
  • Generates community discussion – follow-up article in Times Standard  Wendy

IX.  Discussion Item:  Adaptive Leadership
Commissioners discussed the Principles of Adaptive Leadership and how they apply to the Commission’s work. Commissioner Lovelace shared that he attended a couple of trainings about the Principles of Adaptive Leadership and shared how they interface in his work as Board of Supervisor.

The Principles of Adaptive Leadership are:  1. Identify the adaptive challenge;  2. Keep the level of distress within a tolerable range for doing adaptive work;  3. Focus attention on ripening issues and not on stress reducing distractions;  4. Give work back to the people at a rate they can stand;  5. Protect voices of leadership without authority.

Wendy talked about how the Principles of Adaptive Leadership interface with the Commission’s approach, i.e. shared decision making, grounded in community building, and the Commission’s beliefs.  Commissioners shared some examples of the Principles of Adaptive Leadership in the current work with funded programs. Commissioners discussed how some programs have evolved, how to provide thoughtful leadership with funded programs, and how to understand enabling vs. regrouping.  Wendy talked about reflecting on priorities that can make a difference and how the Commission functions as a team by using individual strengths. This will be important for the next Strategic Plan and future funding commitments.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 am.

Next Meeting:
February 19, 2015
8 to 10 am
Office of First 5 Humboldt

Chair:  To be determined

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

Next Meetings:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Humboldt County Office of Education, HERC/Teacher Resource Center
Thursday, April 16, 2015; 8 – 10:30 am, First 5 Office
Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 5 – 7:30 pm, Location TBD
Tuesday, June 23, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Humboldt Area Foundation, Emmerson Room
July Commission Retreat; Date/Time TBD
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015; 8 – 10 am, First 5 Office
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015; 8 – 10 am, First 5 Office
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Location TBD
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015; 5 – 7 pm, Location TBD
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015; 8 – 10 am, First 5 Office