Creating Community Partners to Capitalize on Grant Opportunities

Date: Thursday – May 18, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDT
Presenter: Faith M Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC and Bianca Policastro, Vice-President, The Policastro Group

Summary and Objectives

The national focus on population health continues to grow. Healthy populations are a result of healthy communities. Community health cannot be accomplished by a single entity; it truly does require all hands on deck in vision, mission, manpower, and financing. Join us for this webinar to gain a greater understanding of how to identify community partners, funding opportunities, and unifying goals to achieve better health in your community.

Upon completion of the webinar, the participant will understand:

  • The concepts of community involvement in care coordination for community health
  • The importance of engaging community partners in your wellness journey
  • The steps required to seek out grant funding opportunities

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Faith M Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC began her healthcare career in the US Navy over 30 years ago. She has worked in a variety of roles in clinical practice, education, management, administration, and consulting. Her knowledge and experience spans various settings from ambulatory to inpatient to post-acute. In her leadership roles she has been responsible for operational leadership for all clinical functions including multiple nursing specialties, pharmacy, laboratory, imaging, nutrition, therapies, as well as administrative functions related to quality management, case management, medical staff credentialing, staff education, and corporate compliance. In her current position she conducts train the trainer workshops to assist healthcare organization in establishing and advancing a Lean Culture in their work setting. She is certified as a Lean Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and holds a Green Belt for Healthcare.

Bianca Policastro, Vice-President, The Policastro Group began her career in the nonprofit sector in 2001 teaching occupational skills training and working with developmentally disabled adults. She has served in a variety of social and community health service roles from direct services, to management, to program and funding development, to data and evaluation. Prior to her becoming Vice-President of The Policastro Group, LLC in 2016, a consulting group specializing in social and health services, Ms. Policastro worked for over a decade at Blackstone Valley Community Action Program part of the national organization of community action agencies (the largest group of social service providers in the country) managing programs, grant writing, implementing organizational standards and overseeing agency development and capacity building. Ms. Policastro has also had the experience of living and working in Taegu, South Korea and in Changchun, China. Ms. Policastro is a member of the National Association for Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and a member of the Rotary International-Pawtucket Club. Ms. Policastro is finishing her Master’s in Public Administration from Roger Williams University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Rhode Island and a graduate certification in management from Roger Williams University. She currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island.