Monthly Meetings

The Bucks-Mont Collaborative is the ONLY organization in the region bringing community stakeholders to the table on a monthly basis to better meet health and human service needs! Some gatherings cover our area-wide geography. Others, our Regional Cabinets, focus on more local issues and updates.

A monthly gathering of CEOs and Executive Directors gives the opportunity for senior executives to engage in confidential conversations for problem solving, collaboration, information sharing, and relationship building.

Regional Cabinets take on a local flavor, keeping members from that community informed about opportunities to work together, new programs, and more. Check Regional Cabinet pages for what’s going on more locally.

Access Task Force

Based on a Drexel University School of Public Health study performed for the Collaborative, access to services continues to be a challenge. Whether it is the transportation to get to services or simply awareness of available services, residents are not taking full advantage of available assistance. This task force has developed a Volunteer Driver Program, and it is currently enlisting volunteer drivers in order to launch the program. In addition, the group is creating a concise list of services available for veterans to share with organizations offering information and referral services.

Access Task Force Chair: Anthony Johnson, Deputy Director, The Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County


 

Collaborative Advocacy Network (CAN)

The Collaborative has a history of advocating for the nonprofit sector and the people we serve. Our advocacy efforts have taken a leap forward with plans for a very active year. Guiding principles have been adopted recently. CAN is soliciting stories of the individuals and families served by our members revealing how public benefits and/or nonprofit services have helped them reclaim their lives. CAN is working closely with the Women’s Advocacy Coalition of Bucks County, a leader in advocacy for families, and with whom we have much in common.

Collaborative Advocacy Network Co-Chairs:
Donna Byrne, Outreach Coordinator, Women’s Advocacy Center of Montgomery County
Joanne Kline, Executive Director, VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn


 

Summit Planning Task Force

Each year a committed group assembles to plan a community summit focused on a different topic. Examples of prior summits include: emergency preparedness, community building, youth substance abuse, elder caregiving, cultural competency, childhood obesity, meeting Baby Boomers’ expectations as the generation reaches retirement, collaboration as a practice for effective organizations. Planning is underway for a November 2015 summit on trauma, including the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, the Sanctuary Model for trauma-informed services, and evidence-based practices that aid healing.

Summit Planning Task Force Chair: Ella Roush, Coordinator, Bucks-Mont Collaborative