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2018 Southern New England Community Action Conference

2018 Southern New England Community Action Conference

October 22-23 in Uncasville, CT

Conference Program

Conference web page


Community Action leaders from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be participating in the annual Southern New England Community Action Conference.  This year's conference focus areas are Management & Organizational Leadership, Social Determinants of Health, Performance Management, Board Governance & Leadership, and Poverty Trends & Advocacy.

Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speaker bios

Opening Remarks
Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services Clarence Carter, Director, Office of Family Assistance; Acting Director, OCS, HHS, ACF

Legislative Update
David Bradley, Executive Director, National Community Action Foundation

Using Evidence from Brain Science to Create New Pathways Out of Poverty
Elizabeth Babcock, MCRP, PhD, President & CEO, Economic Mobility Pathways

Closing Remarks
Birgitta Damon, CEO, Lynn Economic Opportunity; Chair, MASSCAP


18 workshops will be offered through five tracks
See conference program for descriptions and presenters for each session

Performance Management

  • Leadership Dialogue for ROMA Implementers & Trainers, & Community of Practice Kickoff
  • Making the Grade: Performance Management Dashboard & Scorecard Basics
  • It’s More than Just Reporting!
  • Case Studies in Community Level Work: When Disaster Strikes

Poverty Trends, Messaging, & Advocacy

  • Aligning Agency Data with Community Needs
  • Messages that Matter: Making Community Action #trend Again
  • Developing a Strategic Grassroots Advocacy Plan
  • Moving from Poverty…Towards Self-Sufficiency

Board Governance & Leadership

  • Financially Healthy CAAs: The Critical Roles of Board Members & Executive Leadership
  • Putting Words into Action: Board Roles and Responsibilities in Practice
  • We Want YOU! Engaging the Low-Income Sector

Social Determinants of Health

  • Healthy Inside & Out Through Community Action (two-part session)
  • Supporting Community Health Needs
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health for Men & Fathers

Management & Leadership Development

  • Hot Topics & Trends in HR
  • Using Research to Develop Community Action Leadership: A Panel Discussion
  • CFO’s–The Unsung Heroes of Successful CAAs: A Round Table for Key Fiscal Staff
  • It’s a Team Effort! The Role of Senior Management in Building Strong Agencies through Financial Management

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