Monday, August 22, 2011

Who's in charge here?

With small budgets, free health clinics in our area can't do much advertising, so how's anybody to know where they're located, what they do, and who can use them? With a 3-year grant from the Duke Endowment, AccessHealth Tricounty Network has an office at Trident United Way to inventory and coordinate all the health-related services available. Twenty-seven partner agencies serving people with low incomes and no insurance have come to the table to work together to (1) decrease use of the emergency room as a primary health provider, (2) change how uninsured patients access health care, and (3) improve health outcomes and quality of life for those patients. Rosalia Velazquez moved to Charleston from California to become Executive Director, with years of experience with this kind of work. Additional dollars are needed to hire three more Patient Navigators, each of whom would help 400 patients per year to navigate their way to health care services that are available, but not always known or accessible.

Breaking the cycle

The Family Justice Center of Georgetown County (FJCGC) opened its doors in January of 2011 to serve victims of domestic violence. It originated in 2007 as a grassroots response to a steep rise in the number of domestic violence cases in Georgetown County Deeply concerned by the growing rate of domestic violence, a group of concerned citizens gathered legislators, judges, law enforcement, service providers, victims and victim advocates to develop an effective response. The group learned about the Family Justice Center (FJC) approach and decided to develop one in Georgetown County. The FJC is a collaborative, victim-centered model that offers multidisciplinary services and agencies, working together under one roof to address family and intimate partner violence. There are over 70 FJCs in operation around the world-two in SC-with about 140 under development. Ensuring that those affected by domestic violence have access to necessary resources in one location helps stop the vicious cycle of domestic violence. The Family Justice Center of Georgetown County is dedicated to creating a community with a no-tolerance attitude towards domestic violence.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Start Some Good with Social Media

I had the opportunity to review "Welcome to the Fifth Estate" by Geoff Livingston for Start Some Good. The full review is available on their blog and I've highlighted a few key questions below. By now, it's likely you are one of the 750 million users on Facebook. Are you using Facebook to connect with people about your mission, or just stumbling along?

Livingston's book is about social media strategy, rather than 'stumbling'  Here are some questions to ask yourself about your use of social media, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, or a tool I haven't heard of yet.

Are you having a conversation or simply promoting yourself?

Do your messages invite conversation?

When your audience responds, do you keep the conversation going, or just ignore them?

Do you measure what matters?

There's a lot more to the book than just these points. If you find yourself at our office in Charleston, SC, you're welcome to come by and borrow my copy of the book.   It will give you some new ways to approach your activities online.