2013 NYSARH Committees & Charges
The By-Laws Committee is responsible for reviewing, updating and recommending proposed changes in the by-laws to the board and general membership at the annual meeting. Chair- Pat Rogers, The Institute of Human Services, Bath
2013 Conference Planning Committee
The chairperson of the annual conference shall recommend the subcommittee chairpersons to the Board. The annual conference chairperson and the subcommittee chairpersons shall constitute the Annual Conference Committee. The Annual Conference Committee will also be charged to develop programs to promote rural health care and services. Co-Chairs- Sharon Mathe, Healthy Community Alliance, Inc. and Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network
EMS Ad Hoc
The EMS Ad Hoc Committee was launched in 2008 to colloboratively address the challenges being faced by EMS squads and personnel. The Committee has identified potential aeras of focus to be further delineated in 2009: empower leaders to do the job; lack of evidenced based information/ best practices; lack of reliable data; integration of data systems; reimbursement issues; need for quality assurance/ improvements; and leadership/recruitment/retention. Chairperson - Art Jones, Rural Health Community Systems.
The executive committee shall be comprised of the president, immediate-past president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and at least two (2) Board members selected by the president. The executive committee is authorized to act for the Board between regular meetings as necessary for the conduct of business. They shall meet regularly and when requested by any member of the executive committee. Written minutes of all meetings shall be maintained and circulated to the Board.
The purpose of the executive committee is to carry out the day-to-day activities of the organization and to make decisions that cannot be postponed until the regular meeting of the Board of Directors.
The Finance Committee shall be comprised of at least three (3) members of the Association in addition to the treasurer, appointed by the board in odd years, for two year terms. The chair shall be appointed by the president and approved by the board. Chair/Treasurer- Sharon Mathe, Healthy Community Alliance, Inc.
The Finance Committee shall assist the treasurer in developing an annual budget; review disbursements; make recommendation to the board with regard to expenditures; seek, develop, and mange additional revenue; and develop appropriate recommendation to the board for long-term financing of the Association.
Legislative and Health Advocacy Committee
The Association supports the legislation of rural health and rural health policy. The Association seeks to establish broad membership consensus in support of public policies that assure adequate access to and quality of health services for rural population in New York State . To this end, the Association is committed to providing education of legislative issues, and to participating in coalitions to advance the interest of the public’s health. The legislative and health policy interests of the Association are defined as those interests that are brought forth by the general membership and goals established by the board of directors. The Legislative/Health Policy Committee functions in support of these broad commitments and interests.
The Legislative/Health Advocacy Committee shall be comprised of at least three (3) members appointed by the board in odd years, for two-year terms. The chair shall be appointed by the president and approved by the board. The immediate past-president shall be a voting member of the committee. Co-Chairs- Jim Kennedy, Finger lakes Community Health, Ann Abdella, Chautauqua County Health Network.
The committee shall: (1) advise the Board of Directors on existing and emerging policy issues, (2) assist in formulating persuasive advocacy arguments and positions, (3) monitor and coordinate advocacy activities, and (4) determine the conditions for Association sponsorship of other organizations, programs and events.
The committee is responsible for marketing the Association to potential members and the recruitment and retention of members. This includes developing value added benefits for membership. The committee is responsible for determining the eligibility of new applicants, as well as identifying persons qualified for, and interested in, becoming board members and/or holding office.
There is also an awards sub-group of the Membership Committee. The awards sub-group shall seek out for formal recognition on an annual basis those individuals and organizations that strive to fulfill the mission of the New York State Association for Rural Health. Chair-Donna Kahm, Southern Tier Health Care System.
The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for identifying persons qualified for, and interested in, becoming board members. To be elected by the Board of Directors.
The chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall accept additional nominations if such nomination is accompanied by the written consent of the candidate, and submitted in writing. The chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall validate the additional nominations and forward the names of these candidates with a short biography to the secretary to be included with the official ballot.
The Nominating Committee shall also be responsible for conducting the election, counting ballots of the election, and reporting the results of the election at the annual meeting.
Organizational Development Committee
The Planning and Organizational Development Committee will amend as necessary the Association’s Strategic Plan with input from all other committees. The committee will also monitor the specific action plans developed by the individual committees to achieve the objectives and goals contained in the Strategic Plan. The Planning and Organizational Development Committee will be charged with identifying funding and program opportunities for organizational development.
Public Relations Committee
The Public Relations Committee works to promote the organization through internal and external communication, and coordinating publications and electronic media.
Quality in Rural Health Committee
The Committee is responsible for the advancement of the Association’s mission as it pertains to Quality and to address one of the three top priorities identified by NYSARH Member’s in the 2004 and 2005 Survey Financial Viability by: (1) serving as the NYSARH liaison for the National Rural Health Association’s Quality initiative and partnership, (2) convening interested parties to investigate best practices, models, and standards regarding quality, (3) providing access for educational venues regarding the best practices, models, and standards regarding quality for NYSARH members, and (4) work in conjunction with the Membership Committee to identify potential new members; and other Association Committees such as Legislative, Organizational Development, and Public Relations when appropriate.
Appointed Representatives- Ashima Butler, Ellenville Regional Hospital and Kathy Carpenter , NYSARH Executive Director
NYS Cancer Coalition
Appointed Representative-To Be Determined