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Community Coordinating Council of Muskegon County
The Community Coordinating Council of Muskegon County (CCC) is a State-endorsed community collaborative organized to promote effective human services through collaboration, integration, and support. The CCC promotes understanding, focus, and commitment to systemic changes and initiatives to accomplish desired outcomes for Muskegon County and its residents.
The CCC provides a forum for 45 organizations engaged in planning and evaluating human services and service delivery systems for the residents of Muskegon County. Through comprehensive and collaborative planning, evaluation, and programming the Council can develop and implement appropriate changes and enhancements resulting in positive impacts on the lives of County residents, and help to provide a safe, stable and supportive community.
Any nonprofit public or private agency, institution or organization engaged in providing or funding human services for residents of Muskegon County. New organizations are admitted to the Council following an evaluation and recommendation of the Executive Committee, and the consensus decision of the membership at a regular Council meeting.
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Muskegon County Community Coordinating Council (CCC)
Strategic Think & Do Session
January 25, 2022 (1:30pm-4:30pm ET) - via Zoom
Background and Participants
The Muskegon County Community Coordinating Council Executive Committee met for a Strategic Think & Do Planning Session with key leaders in health and human services and economic development organizations to consider how we can enhance our collaborative and individual efforts to take action and achieve results that protect and improve the mental health of our residents and employees; train and expand the skills of our workers and new workforce entrants to fill local vacancies; as well as remove barriers to employment. Over 30 leaders attended along with planning support from three members of the Wellville team and five members of the United Way staff. Our goal was to join forces using the CCC as a conduit for measurable change to improve lives. The topics of mental health and employment were chosen because of the critical need and opportunity that each of these present to impact change in our local economy and community.
Decision-makers in attendance included:
Breakout group 1: John Severson, MAISD; Cindy Larsen, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce; Ryan Bennett, West MI Plumbers & Fitters Local #174 and Labor Council Chair; Linda Juarez, Hackley Community Care Center; Jeff Fortenbacher, Access Health; Bruce Spoelman, YMCA; Facilitator: Dominique Bunker, United Way
Breakout group 2: Jim Edmonson, Greater Muskegon Economic Development; Brad Hilleary, Webb Chemical; Jeanette Hoyer, Goodwill Industries West MI; Tracy McDaniel, Muskegon Family Care; Christine Robere, United Way of the Lakeshore; John Selmon, Muskegon Community College; Julia Rupp, HealthWest; Facilitator: Rick Brush, Wellville; Notetaker: Alyssa May, United Way
Breakout group 3: Kathy Moore, Muskegon County Public Health; Larry Sanders, West MI Works; Kris Collee, Agewell Services; Laura Fitzpatrick, Mercy Health - Health Project; Aaron Maike, Baker College - Muskegon; Diane Fleser, Disability Network West MI; Don Kalisz, Kindred Marketing Agency; Dakota Crow, Boys & Girls Club Muskegon Lakeshore; Jen Barangan, Access Health/CHIR; Facilitator: Wyneice Hairston, United Way; Notetaker: Emma Coppock, United Way
Breakout group 4: Todd Jacobs, Community Foundation for Muskegon County; Donata Kidd, Muskegon County DHHS; Sandra Vanderhyde, Muskegon County Courts; Elizabeth Harsevoort, Catholic Charities West MI; DJ Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor; Lisa Sabourin, Employers Association of West MI; Michael Ramsey, Mercy Health - Health Project and City of Muskegon Council; Darlene Scott, Muskegon Family Care; Facilitator: Esther Dyson, Wellville; Notetaker: Kara Zielinski, United Way
How can the CCC become a more effective coordinating body and marshal our forces to make a meaningful impact this year in the areas of:
- Employment (including training, removing barriers, etc.); and
- Mental Health (including community members and the care workers who serve them)?
These two areas are intricately and inextricably related; individuals cannot effectively have one without the other, and the community and employers also need them to have both.
- Vision for long-term outcomes in the areas of employment and mental health
- Shared goals for 2022 in the areas of employment and mental health
- Agreements on actions we will take and how we will work together
Key Themes Shared by Participants During the Session
- Our Shared Vision: What is the future we want to create?
- During initial introductions, each participant answered this question by sharing an object, story or phrase that represents their vision for employment and mental health in Muskegon County. Here’s a visual depiction of the themes they shared:
- Our Shared Goals for 2022: What could all of us accomplish together in 2022 that none of us can accomplish on our own?
In the first breakout, participants set their sights on making meaningful progress together this year toward their long-term vision for employment and mental health. Here’s what they said they want to accomplish in 2022:
- Remove barriers – child care, mental health issues, criminal background, transportation, etc. – to increase employability and reduce turnover.
- Increase capacity of mental health resources by expanding our reach, making connections, and leveraging technology.
- Develop strategies to adapt to the new workforce and realign with employee expectations (working from home, etc.).
- Develop a Cradle to Career mentality and planning.
- Reach out to the others to compare notes. Figure out what’s working and collaborate on making it even broader and better. Eliminate redundancy.
- Reach out beyond ourselves to the community: Children in schools, those we serve both internally and externally, etc.
- Implement new tools to retain and attract employees, especially with the younger generation; give them responsibility and the opportunity to learn on the job. Are we ready to meet them where they are?
- Strengthen the pride and excitement about our community & our work.
- Build and organize programming that not only builds the foundation of mental health & career pathways for our youth but to reinforces the supports and systems for adults & seniors.
- Define the common ground and information of current statistics in a precise and easily comprehensible way for all community members to understand.
- Deliberate inclusion: reaching out to all corners of our community to get them involved in places that THEY would feel empowered.
- Enhancing and building stronger connections since COVID for our resources and employment opportunities.
- Effectively lead by example through empathy in leadership positions and businesses/organizations.
Breakout Room 1 - Facilitator: Dominique Bunker, United Way of the Lakeshore
Breakout Room 2 - Facilitator: Rick Brush, Wellville | Notetaker: Alyssa May, United Way of the Lakeshore
Breakout Room 3 - Facilitator: Wyneice Hairston, United Way of the Lakeshore | Notetaker: Emma Coppock, United Way of the Lakeshore
Breakout Room 4 - Facilitator: Kara Zielinski, United Way of the Lakeshore/Esther Dyson, Wellville Notetaker: Kara Zielinski, United Way of the Lakeshore
3) Our Collective Strengths & Agreements Needed for Success: How will I contribute to this effort (e.g., actions, connections, expertise)? What and who else will it take for us to be successful?
In the second breakout, participants committed to an initial set of actions they will take – individually and collectively – to achieve the 2022 goals. It was clear that success will require working together across organizations and sectors, leveraging our combined resources, and effectively coordinating efforts. Attached is the first draft of a tracking sheet that CCC will use to support our collective progress toward shared goals. Check the tracking sheet for a list of the commitments made at the meeting. Please take a look and update or add your commitments to the sheet. We have added a column to indicate support needed as well as columns for progress made throughout the year, including one for celebrating successful completion. Don’t hesitate to add new strategies you are working on that align to this work.
Thank you again for your engagement in the January planning session and your commitment to helping move the dial in a significant way to improve employment and retention, and to improve the mental well-being of our collective staff and the individuals and families we serve in our community. We know that together we will be stronger.
We invite you to continue on with us on this journey to improve the collaborative human service delivery system in Muskegon County. We will plan a meeting in the next month to check in to see the progress being made. Again, our thanks for your engagement in this collective impact work for the benefit of the community.