Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) has elected to its Board of Directors Jodi Harpstead, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, and Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO of Nebraska-based organization Tabitha. Dr. Bruce Kintz, president and CEO of Concordia Publishing House, has been appointed to the Board as a Class B Board Director.
Are we measuring the right things? Are we asking the right questions? How do we use data to improve our programs? These and more were the questions 15 members of the LSA Children, Youth and Family Community of Practice asked as they came together in partnership on June 25 at the LSA headquarters in Washington, DC. The group convened with the purpose of achieving positive outcomes for the children and families they support.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) welcomes Kim Roque to our network. Effective June 15, Kim serves as the new Director of Member Engagement, based at the LSA national headquarters office in Washington, D.C. In this role, Kim is a key member of the team responsible for supporting and connecting our membership. Her responsibilities include leading the development and implementation of LSA’s three signature events – the CEO Academy, Lutheran Leadership Summit and the LSA Annual Conference – as well as leading several peer networks and communities of practice.
Statements have mailed for the annual membership dues for LSA members. Dues should be remitted by July 15 - timely submission of your dues commitment helps LSA continue to build a stronger, more connected and secure future for Lutheran social ministry.
In April, during the LSA Annual Conference in San Antonio, 12 LSA member organizations began a journey with The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Provider Exchange® on a program to foster an outcomes focused organizational culture and improve the lives of at-risk children and families.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) announced it has been invited by The Annie E. Casey Foundation to participate in the Provider Exchange®, a network of child welfare providers that commit their work to improve the lives of children and families. The LSA cohort of providers will create evidence-based practices and outcomes-guided programs to improve the well-being and lives of at-risk youth and families across the United States.
During the 2015 Annual Meeting of the membership in San Antonio, members elected two new Class A Board members. Their terms will begin July 1, 2015 and run through June 30, 2018.
With more than 100 LSA members serving children, youth and families in 33 states across the country, the LSA network has a dominant national child welfare presence. The Children, Youth and Families Community of Practice comes together to learn from and with each other to transform the well-being of vulnerable youth and their families by continuing to improve current care practices, develop new and innovative solutions and encourage practitioner informed policy decisions. At the 2015 LSA Annual Conference several members of the Children Youth and Families Community of Practice began working with Sara Morrison from the Center for the Study of Social Policy. A second session, made possible by a grant from the Lutheran Services Children Endowment (LSCE), is planned for June 25th in Washington, DC.
Effecting policy change through targeted advocacy is a complex process. From launching and implementing a policy initiative to sustaining its success, there are distinct challenges and opportunities at each stage of an effective advocacy campaign.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) has announced the establishment of the LSA Disaster Network to build partnerships and obtain additional resources for Lutheran social ministry organizations active in disaster services. The LSA Disaster Network will leverage the experience, expertise, and national footprint of LSA member organizations to increase members’ ability to help local communities prepare, respond and recover from declared and undeclared disasters. LSA organizations are actively involved in disasters large and small; from recovery efforts in Super Storm Sandy to flooding in the rural communities of North Dakota.