May will take me back to hometown of Lansing, MI to work on several of my favorite projects. First up is the Michigan Department of Community Health Policy Roundtable on May 15. This important conference will bring YUSA leaders together with Michigan YMCAs and other leading Community Based Organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the Detroit Area Agency on Aging along with leaders in the healthcare community to discuss closing the “clinic to community gap” through dissemination of evidence based programming. I’m on the agenda to present the Broward case study and discuss with Y CEOs the business model behind implementing evidence based strategies.On May 16/17 I will conduct an EnhanceFitness Master Trainer training professionals that will be taking on training responsibilities within the program to expand their organizations’ capacity.
I will also begin working with Happendance, Inc a non-profit professional dance company on their 5 year strategic plan. Happendance has a dear place in my heart, as I was a member of the professional company. I also believe strongly in the arts community as a key driver in economic development and retention of a city’s creative class. As Lansing continues to find it’s legs in a post-manufacturing economy, retaining this talent is critical.
I’m excited to work with their new Executive Director, Missy Lilje, and their Board of Directors on setting an exciting course of growth and sustainability for this treasured community resource. Check out this great organization at http://happendance.org (you can even scroll back in the archives and find pictures of my time in the company hint: 2008 ish)