Board Member Boot Camp

An Introduction to Health Center Board Roles

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Saturday, August 21, 2021
Hybrid Event (In-person and Virtual Participation Options)

Health centers operate in a changing and increasingly complex health care environment. It is important that health center board members understand the role of the board and their responsibilities as board members. Board Member Boot Camp starts with a review of board roles and responsibilities and an overview of the legal duties of board members. This offering also provides a deep dive into several areas of responsibility including quality oversight and financial oversight, and an introduction to advocacy for board members. Participants will also gain an understanding of where to access additional resources about health center board roles.

Who Should Attend?
Board Member Boot Camp is designed for new health center board members or health center board members that want a refresher about board roles.*

All times are Eastern time

8:00 am – 10:00 am     
Overview of Health Center Board Roles & Legal Duties of Board Members
Boards of directors play a vital role in the overall success and sustainability of health centers. This segment will review the roles and responsibilities of the board. It will also include discussion of the legal duties of board members and the importance of the board-CEO partnership. This section will include some discussion of the board’s oversight of the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program.

Presenters (anticipated):
Jacqueline C. Leifer, Esq., Senior Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Deborah Morrison, Board Chair, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
Avni Shridharani, MHS, President, Community Health Strategies LLC
Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, Senior Vice President, Western Operations, NACHC

10:00 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:30 am
The Fundamentals of Board Financial Oversight
The board is responsible for safeguarding the organization’s assets. This segment covers the establishment of financial priorities for the health center, budget approval, internal control policies and procedures, long-range planning, financial statements, and the audit.

Mary Hawbecker, CPA, Senior Vice President, Operations and CFO, NACHC
Gervean Williams, Director, Finance Training and Technical Assistance, NACHC

11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Lunch on own

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Critical Components of Health Center Governance: Quality Oversight & Board Member Advocacy
This section will combine two critical focus areas for health center boards:

  • Providing Oversight of Quality – Providing quality health care services is central to the mission of health centers. The governing board has a critical role in providing oversight of the quality assurance and quality improvement program. This segment defines quality and discusses the board’s oversight role related to quality.
  • Board Member Advocacy – This segment will include an introduction to advocacy for board members.

At the conclusion, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on items they will take back to their boards or implement to make themselves a more effective board member.

Presenters (anticipated):
A Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director, Mary’s Center
Steven Sera, AAMS®, Board President, MHC Healthcare
Avni Shridharani, MHS, President, Community Health Strategies LLC
Susan Burton, Director, National Grassroots Advocacy, NACHC

Important Information for In-Person Participants: Please note that given the pandemic, the in-person experience at the forthcoming Boot Camp will differ from past offerings. A good deal of audience participation will take place via the NACHC Mobile App. In-person attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a smart phone or tablet, and to download the NACHC Mobile App in advance of attending Board Member Boot Camp. Information on the NACHC Mobile App will be available on the main CHI site and shared with participants in advance of the conference.

Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What safety precautions will be in place for in-person attendees?
Answer: NACHC’s main CHI site includes information on safety precautions.

Question: I wish to participate virtually but the start time if very early in my time zone. Can the program begin later?
Answer: We recognize the start time is very early for those not in the Eastern time zone. Unfortunately, we do not have flexibility in the timing given the hybrid nature of the event. The event will be recorded, and registrants will be able to access a digital archive of the training.

* Please note this program does not go into detail about co-applicant board roles or governance structures for public agencies, such as county or city health departments and universities, among others, that may receive grant funding under the Health Center Program. For information on public center governance, please refer to the Public Centers Monograph.

** Initial schedule as of June 14, 2021. Subject to change.

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