The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) is hosting a Virtual Roundtable to help NNED partners, especially smaller organizations, enhance their capacity to seek and secure funding. The Virtual Roundtable will take place on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.
The virtual roundtable will feature panelists representing the funder perspective, as well as smaller and larger NNED partner organizations who have experience seeking funding.
- Explore how organizations can be proactive to position themselves for funding while maintaining their organization or program mission and vision
- Consider strategic networking opportunities
- Highlight smaller foundation opportunities
In addition to a “how to” summary, panelists will discuss understanding community needs, partnering and relationship building, readiness, capacity building beyond the technical approach, and community-driven responses. NNED team members will also highlight resources on the NNED website and opportunities for NNED members to connect with other organizations on funding opportunities.
Please share this opportunity with your CFO, Development Officer, and/or Executive Director!
Andre Johnson | President/CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project (DRP)
The Detroit Recovery Project (DRP) is a multi-service agency that provides a wide spectrum of support services to the city’s recovery community. The agency also oversees an ex-offender program that helps returning citizens reintegrate successfully into the Detroit community, with an aim of reducing recidivism and/or relapse among this population. Since its inception in 2005, DRP has devoted more than $25 million (via federal, county and local awards) to its mission to help Detroiters who were once on the streets become drug-free and productive citizens.
Mr. Johnson has over 29 years of professional work experience, exemplifying a long-standing commitment and dedication to the field of substance abuse. Respected also for his people and negotiation skills, Mr. Johnson played an integral role in re-establishing positive relationships between adolescents and their families at the Wolverine Human Services (Detroit). Mr. Johnson was also appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health of Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) – National Advisory Council. He is a member of the Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority Implementation Committee, and he is a board member of the Wayne Center – an agency that provides services for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled.
Mr. Johnson is a former faculty member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals/Drug Court Planning Initiative of the Faculty Training Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia) and a Masters of Arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Johnson is trained certified recovery coach and considered an expert in his field – he is invited frequently to present at seminars, workshops, and as a keynote or motivational speaker to not only those in recovery but youth, adults, families, and substance abuse professionals. In 2013, Mr. Johnson was the recipient of the prestigious Vernon Johnson award from Faces and Voices of Recovery, and in 2016 he was chosen as a recipient of the Champions of Change Award from President Obama.
Dalya Massachi | Founder of Writing for Community Success
Dr. Rosa Gil | Founder, President, and CEO of Comunilife, Inc.
Comunilife, Inc., is a health and human services agency founded in 1989 to improve the quality of life and create a healthier tomorrow for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader community-by providing culturally competent health and human services and a continuum of affordable and supportive housing for homeless persons. Comunilife has been recognized for developing Community-Defined Best Practices for Latinos.
Dr. Gil has had a distinguished career in the fields of health, mental health, social services and higher education. She served as a Mayor’s Health Policy Advisor. She is the former Chairperson of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, Executive Director of Woodhull Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital, Senior Vice President of Generation and Northern Manhattan Health Network; Senior Vice President Mental Hygiene Services at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and Executive Deputy Commissioner for Families and Children Services at the NYC Human Resources Administration. Dr. Gil is the former University Dean for Health Sciences at the City University of New York.
Some of her accomplishments include prevention and wellness initiatives; expansion of primary care; implementation of Medicaid managed care in New York City; increased access to health insurance; creation a continuum of supportive housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS and mental illness; creation of NYC’s first Medical Respite Housing Program and the nationally recognized Life is Precious™ Program for Latina teens at-risk of suicide. Dr. Gil has published numerous articles on mental health, ethnicity, and child welfare and gender issues. She is the co-author of the “Maria Paradox,” the first authoritative book on self-esteem and Hispanic women.
Dr. Gil has been appointed to numerous boards, is a member of the President Carter Mental Health Taskforce, and on the Board of Trustees of EmblemHealth. Previously, she also served as a member of the Commission of Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (The Berger Commission), and The Minority Women Panel on Health Experts (U.S. Public Health Services).
Mr. Linwood L. Alford | Executive Director/Founder of Open Door Resource Center, Inc.
Mr. Alford, a disabled veteran himself, serves as Executive Director/Founder of Open Door Resource Center, Incorporated, which is a non-profit organization that’s located in Richmond Virginia, that caters to veterans and their family members. He holds a Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling, AA and BA in Human Service and over 50 other certifications in the field of Human Services. Mr. Alford is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the IOTA Chapter in Richmond VA, Ordained Minister and the father of an awesome son.
Carla Gibson | Senior Program Officer at REACH Healthcare Foundation
Carla Gibson is a Senior Program Officer at the REACH Healthcare Foundation, responsible for the development of programs and initiatives tied to the foundation’s focus on health equity across the Greater Kansas City region. Gibson joined the REACH Foundation in 2006, and since that time has provided leadership on REACH’s grant making and partnerships in the areas of cultural competency, immigrant and refugee health, trauma-informed care, mental health services and rural health improvement.
Gibson led the development and startup of a multi-funder Cultural Competency Initiative that provides technical assistance and a learning community for metro-area health and human services providers. She supported publication of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City 2015 State of Black and Latino Kansas City report that examined the health, and financial and social well-being of black and Latino residents of Kansas City. Gibson also funded the 18th National White Privilege Conference held in Kansas City in 2016, and served as chair of the host committee for the conference, which drew 2,000 people. More recently, Gibson supported a workshop series on immigrant and refugee health and mental health that laid the groundwork for a new learning network, Communities Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees.
Gibson has been active on numerous boards and councils aimed at strengthening knowledge and action around diversity, inclusion and cultural competency. She served as Chair of the National Office of Minority Health Region VII Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC), and chaired the RHEC VII Health Equity Committee. Gibson chairs the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Behavioral Health Action Team, which developed the Healthy KC metropolitan area trauma initiative, and serves on the GKC Chamber’s Diverse Business Committee. She also is a member of the board of the Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation.
Among her recognitions, Gibson received the Cross-Cultural Leadership Award from the Institute for International Medicine in 2012, was named a “Health Hero” by the Black Health Care Coalition of Greater Kansas City, and received the “Soul of the City” Award from Communities Creating Opportunity in 2016. Gibson continues to seek ways to bring regional attention to health equity, diversity and inclusion, such as through support of Project Equality’s annual summit and support the UMKC Women of Color Conference and other professional development programs.