Appreciating the Past –
Eyeing the Future
As I sit at my desk, warming up with a cup of coffee and watching the snow fall outside my window, I take a moment to review our accomplishments over the last year and prepare for the next. Our team is developing a new strategic plan for 2016-2020. Creating long-term goals and crafting a 4-year plan is a big undertaking. But I know SWCAHEC can get it done—the proof is evident in our past successes:
• We created the Center of Excellence in Care Coordination.
• We developed a fiscal sponsor program—partnering with Blueprints of Hope.
• We completed a comprehensive Community Health Assessment for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
• We developed a formal Internship Program for undergraduate nursing and public health students.
• We strengthened our partnerships at the local, state and national levels.
I’ve said it before…our organization is small but mighty!
One of our over-arching goals is to be a leader, an “epi-center,” in our region for health related education and resources for students, health professionals, and community members. I recently spoke at the regional nurses’ professional organization about leadership. Initially, my thought was, what do I know about leadership? Do I have pearls of wisdom to share? After much thought, I realized that SWCAHEC is a leader for students, health professionals, and the community through the many programs and projects which we have to offer. As a leader, SWCAHEC advocates for vulnerable populations; inspires students to pursue health careers; and encourages ongoing education and lifelong learning. As a leader in the nonprofit world, we must be bold in our decision making and solve problems with creativity, innovation, and tenacity. If we fail, we try, try again.