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2016 Annual Conference: Preconference Sessions

Preconference Sessions

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Charting a Course to Success: Working with Grantees to Achieve Outcomes and Overcome Challenges 

Some of the most difficult aspects of grantmaking can occur after the grants have been awarded. Program staff play a central role in managing grants and ensuring their success. To do this, they must be subject matter experts and master a variety of skills related to effective communication, relationship building, critical thinking, and problem solving. This preconference session will examine what it takes to achieve successful outcomes and maintain strong grantee relationships. It will also explore strategies to address common problems and effectively navigate course corrections when the work isn’t going as planned.


Creating Lasting Community Change: The Critical Role of Foundation Boards 

Many health foundations have to maintain a delicate balance to support services that address immediate health needs, while investing in long-term systems change to create healthier environments and ensure more effective health care delivery. Governing boards play a pivotal role in making these tough resource allocation decisions. This preconference session, designed specifically for foundation trustees, will explore the challenges and opportunities of pursuing sustainable change to improve population health. How can boards prioritize long-term investments when faced with pressing short-term needs? What measures and evaluation techniques are best suited to monitor the impact of these ambitious funding decisions? What strategies have proved most successful for foundations striving to be agents for change?  


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an international program that teaches the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. MHFA has trained hundreds of teachers, law enforcement officials, and other community members across the country thanks in part to funding from Congress, state legislatures, and private philanthropy. Led by instructors from the National Council for Behavioral Health, this interactive session will allow participants to simultaneously experience an actual MHFA training and discuss its application, including training modules focused on youth and veteran populations. Foundation representatives will also share their respective strategies and lessons learned from implementing MHFA in their communities. 



Preconference Registration

  • GIH Funding Partners: $75 per registrant
  • Non-Funding Partners: $150 per registrant


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