News Archive 2013
Women’s Policy Forum installs new leader; WPF Foundation presents
Outstanding Service Award
On Dec. 19, Women’s Policy Forum members and guests gathered for the traditional holiday dinner that launches a new year for the organization and recognizes the contributions of officers and board members for the previous year.
Also, the Women’s Policy Forum Foundation presented the annual Outstanding Service Award to an organization that provides outstanding service to women and girls.In a festive setting at the City Club,
Above, outgoing WPF Chair Sheryl Harris, left in photo, welcomed incoming president Rachel Malone, center, and newly elected officers and board members. Chair-elect Tracy Marshall is on the right.
Harris also introduced the 2014 board members and thanked the organization for the opportunity to lead the group. According to Harris, she found the chance to lead WPF an assetin her professional and personal development.“The opportunity to turn to WPF issues while leading a busy professional life at TCC allowed me to switch gears and focus on other, just-as-important, work,” said Harris.
Malone noted that she had found the support of strong female leaders an asset in her own life and reminded the attendees that “we are lucky to have the opportunity to help other women.”She reminded members of a Margaret Meade quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, caring people can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Susan Blue, Women’s Policy Forum Foundation chair, announced the winner of the $5,000 Outstanding Service Award, the Alzheimer’s Association, and presented a symbolic check to the executive director, Theresa Hocker, and board member, Paul Morgan. Hocker and Morgan told the group that the money will be well-spent on respite care for caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims. Blue encouraged the 2013 applicants to apply again in 2014 because it was difficult to choose from so many worthwhile organizations. For an updated list of officers and board members, please go to the Leadership section.
Happy holidays to Maude Logan staff!
Starfish Committee members surprised teachers and staff at Maude Logan Elementary School in Fort Worth on Dec. 20 with specially-prepared gift bags filled with office supplies, special treats, and gift cards provided by WPF members.
WPF has had a longstanding relationship with Maude Logan, located in southeast Fort Worth, through its Starfish Committee. Throughout the year, Starfish Committee members meet with Maude Logan administrators to find ways to help educators meet the needs of their student population. Earlier this year, WPF gave each student with perfect attendance a new bicycle. The holiday gift-giving event is designed especially for the classroom teachers and staff who work hard year-round for 500-plus students.
Pictured above, WPF Starfish Santas: from left, Nancy Roediger, Sally Burt, Kerry Neuhardt and Maude Logan Principal Felicia Moody. At right, art teacher Randall Griffith and Starfish Chair Sally Burt celebrate the WPF gift delivery,
Waiver program transforming Medicaid delivery
At the Nov. 13 Women’s Policy Forum luncheon, JPS Health Network President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Earley and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, described an innovative five-year program designed to improve health care delivery to low income residents in Tarrant and eight other counties. JPS and other health care providers in Region 10 requested and received approval to expand Medicaid managed care through demonstration projects that receive incentive payments based on a pay-for-performance model. Whitley spearheaded the political effort to organize a multi-jurisdiction collaboration among health care organizations. Region 10 is two years into the five-year Medicaid 1115 Demontration Waiverat will begin to roll out projects in the next year.
“Last year JPS treated 3,900 patients who were predominantly homeless. Some were admitted multiple times. One of our projects is to give every one of these patients a primary care physician so that we can “Unless we begin to control, and monitor progress,” Earley said." We will never control downstream costs.”
Earley added that JPS, in partnership with a local foundation, will establish a community health clinic at the epicenter of the county’s homeless population -- Fort Worth’s East Lancaster Avenue -- as part of the waiver project.
“It’s not good enough to fix, let out, and come back,” he said.
Earley added that Tarrant County will begin to address mental health issues like never before through partnership with Tarrant County Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Mental health professionals will work with physicians to ensure patients who need treatment receive it.
Whitely said the waiver projects’ success depends on accountability. Every project has goals and objectives that must be met in order to receive Medicaid payments.
“Physicians at JPS are learning to practice in a new environment that doesn’t depend on repeat visits and admissions,” he added. “JPS is the largest family practice residency in the nation. Doctors are not only training to treat patients, they’re learning how to look at their patients’ total wellbeing. In the end, we will all benefit--taxpayers, patients, physicians, hospitals and communities--when outcomes improve.”