12/12 Affiliate Minutes

Affiliate Teleconference- 12/27/12 9:00AM

In attendance:

Jean McSpadden (BB)
Christopher Price (BB)
Melissa Theesen (BB)
Jodie Deshmukh (BB)
Jennifer Salvador (Fort Collins)
Becky Aamot (Boulder)
Ida Rhodes & Nina (Pueblo)
Lisa Schultz (Colorado Springs)
Carolyn Wagner (Chaffee)
Ruth Seedorf (Yuma)
Judy Duarte (Alamosa)
Corrine Merrit (Glenwood Springs)
Sharon Butler (Steamboat Springs)
Melode Mariner (Grand Junction)
Bernice Lozano (Durango)

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 Region Updates

  • Sharon Butler
    • We have one new partner that will be starting after February and that is the Early Childhood Council (Connections 4 Kids) that serves Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.
  • Ida Rhodes & Nina
    • We received a grant from Temple Hoyne Buell for general operations for our family education programs, one of which is Bright Beginnings, so it helps fill gaps.
    •  Our agency began a Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, which is operated with 8 AmeriCorps Staff Members.  The majority of the time is serving in HIPPY but a portion of their time is doing BB home visits, which is very helpful for our region.
  • Lisa Schultz
    • We have a signed MOU with St. Francis Medical Center. On Jan. 3rd and 16th we will be training the charge nurses and department managers in the Pediatrics, Mom/Baby and NICU departments. The charge nurses will then train all their staff (approximately 165 people). All families they see that has children within our age group will receive a visit from the appropriate nurse. By Feb. 1st, everyone in these three departments should be trained and will start doing visits. FYI, Mom/Baby delivers approx. 200 babies/month.
  • Corrine Merrit
    • Trained 3 volunteers from a new partner called Vail Valley Youth Foundation.
  • Jennifer Salvador
    • I will investigate options to provide on-sight BB visits to new moms at the hospital or Wee Step follow-up.  BB staff would provide the visits if able to get approval.  I will set-up meeting with the nursing director this quarter to discuss ideas and options for direct hospital outreach.
    • Successful outreach in 2012:  park and library story time visits provided. BB staff went to these sights where families were already gathering and offered visits.  Over a 100 visits added due to this outreach.
    •  We did receive Temple Hoyne Buell grant for 2012/13.
    •  Visits up from 2011 by 9%.
  • Becky Aamot
    • Partner agency received a CBCAP Grant that covers a part-time Spanish speaking assistant for me. My goal is to have her doing much more outreach to agencies and communities that are predominately Spanish speaking.
  • Ruth Seedorf
    • Baby Bear Hugs has been working on becoming a Nurse Family Partnership site, and will be writing the application for funding in January
  • Melode Mariner
    • 1 staff member   32 hours/wk   Program Coordinator
    • 3 part time facilitators  4 hrs/wk Infant/Early Toddler Years Family Support Groups
    • 3 volunteers Parenting That Works Parent Education Program
    • 1 intern CMU Psychology Dept 9 hrs/wk through May 15th
    • 3 BB volunteers (still getting them ready.  Illness has flattened everyone’s enthusiasm)
    • Approaching church council for volunteers at each church
  • Carolyn Wagner
    • Trained 3 new partner agencies in last few weeks
  • Berenice Lozano
    • Working on re-establishing lost partnerships, such as Bright Futures in Telluride.
    • Working on expanding Bright Beginnings
  • Christopher Price
    • Walton grant update
      • Portion to go to upgrading CiviCore
      • The focus of the grant is on Denver and we will share what we learn.
      • We are looking at increasing continuity rates

General Discussion

  • Introduction to Jodie Deshmukh our new Director of Development
    • Jodie will share pass through funding news when she calls the affiliates in January
  • Issues with Civicore bringing up 2009 DOB survey calls
    • Civicore glitch?
    • Christopher is trying to resolve
  • CO Health Foundation (unduplicated visits)
    • Their definition of visit  is the number of adults present at any given time
  • Face-to-Face Meetings
    • Scheduling  for March, July, and after Gala
    • Would like to have one of the meetings at Nancy Accetta’s Cabin
  • Try to Get 2012 data entered by Feb 2013 Board meeting
  • Working with Bonnie Camp to involve her and her knowledge
    • Ruth encouraged BB to call the affiliates with early childhood research