The Missouri Foundation for Health’s Community Advisory Council is now accepting applications. We recently interviewed Alfreda Brown, Director for the STL Regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium & HR Project Manager for Diversity at Washington University about the opportunities.
•What is the MFH?
The Missouri Foundation for Health is an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health of the uninsured and underserved in certain areas in the state of Missouri.
MFH was incorporated as a public benefit nonprofit foundation in February of 2000 and charged with “identifying and filling the gaps in the myriad of public and private health care services already available to the uninsured, the underinsured and the underserved in the 84 counties plus the City of St. Louis.”
MFH is in its eleventh year of grant making, having issued more than $480 million in grants and awards to date. Each year, MFH awards about $50 million in grants to health-focused nonprofits. Additional information about MFH can be found at http://www.mffh.org.
•What does the Community Advisory Council do?
The 13-member Community Advisory Council serves as a liaison between Missouri’s communities and the MFH Board of Directors. CAC representatives help ensure MFH’s Board has a deeper understanding of how its grants are impacting communities and what health concerns need to be addressed. The CAC also oversees the recruitment of highly qualified candidates interested in serving on the CAC and MFH Board.
The CAC is committed to diversity in its membership, to reflect the entire MFH region, the broad scope of MFH’s funding, and the challenges of urban, suburban and rural communities. The CAC also conducts several outreach meetings each year to gather information, and publishes reports to build greater understanding of the health challenges Missouri faces and how progress can be made.
To learn how to become a member of the CAC, download the application or e-mail Kathryn Zetzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
•What are the qualifications for joining the CAC?
CAC members should be advocates for the uninsured and underinsured. They should be interested in providing quality health care services for residents in the MFH region and must be willing to be the eyes and ears of those who are in the communities and grassroots organizations.
The CAC is responsible for making nominations to the MFH board for new board members so having a good sense of character, ability and purpose of others is a valuable skill to have as a CAC member.
•How will becoming a member of the CAC benefit young professionals? And the community?
The CAC and MFH board could benefit from having the voices of those are who are young professionals at the discussion table. In order for the new healthcare reform to work, we must have all ages involved and helping to develop effective programs and guiding policy-making. The community will benefit greatly from the input of our young professionals. For the young professionals, I hope that giving back to the community will be a rewarding experience for them.
•Is there anything else we should know about the CAC or MFH?
The MFH is an organization that is well managed and funded. The staff is young, bright, progressive and committed to improving healthcare for all. It’s a good place and I love the work it is doing for our community around healthcare.