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Oped: Congress Should Oppose Medicaid Block Grants

In an oped in The Hill, LSA President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker writes that Congress should protect the healthcare of seniors, children and people with disabilities by opposing proposals to convert Medicaid to a block grant or per capita cap program. These proposals would cut federal Medicaid spending by $1 trillion over ten years and would result in a reduction in benefits for millions, at best, and an elimination of benefits for millions, at worst.

2017 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Plans are well underway for the 2017 LSA Annual Conference, May 3-6 in Washington, DC. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference celebrates LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. We will welcome a dynamic slate of speakers for the Annual Conference, both from within our social ministry network and outside the network, including two of our keynote presenters.

Upcoming Partnership with LEO at the University of Notre Dame

LSA will partner with the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame on a new learning cohort for LSA members with programs targeting self-sufficiency among people living in poverty. LSA members will have the opportunity to partner with LEO on rigorous program evaluations and participate in peer learning.

2017 CEO Academy Keynote Speakers Announced 

The 2017 CEO Academy, to be held Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2017 in sunny Safety Harbor, Florida, is a highly interactive, three-day event that brings together chief executives from leading Lutheran social ministry organizations to share, learn, and build connections. This year's agenda focuses on Seizing Opportunity, Realizing the Future, and features an exciting line-up of speakers.

Lutheran Services in America and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Bring Together Key Leaders to Improve Child Well-being Programs in the United States

Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to bring together key leaders serving children, youth, and families to participate in AECF's preeminent Results-Based Leadership Institute (RBLI). This collective work is made possible through the continued generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has previously partnered with LSA on two prior learning cohorts.

North Dakota State University joins Lutheran Services in America Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative

Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is pleased to announce an exciting addition to the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative. North Dakota State University (NDSU), a top-100 research institution, will be the independent evaluator tasked with quantifying the impact of the Collaborative on seniors aging in rural communities. In October 2015, LSA brought together two of the LSA network’s senior services providers, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, forming the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative. The Collaborative brings senior services providers together in an active learning community with a common mission to build a body of evidence for home and community-based services that are effective at helping low-income and vulnerable seniors remain in their homes; share learnings for faster adoption throughout the country; and partner effectively with health systems and other payment entities to ensure the long term financial sustainability of proven programs.

LSA Welcomes Tamaria Kelly as AmeriCorps VISTA Community Resilience-Building Program Leader

Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) is pleased to welcome Tamaria Kelly as the AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) Community Resilience-Building Program Leader. Over the next twelve months, Tamaria will be responsible for managing and supporting a network of seven VISTA members under a grant recently awarded to LSA by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She will work with VISTA staff at LSA member organizations to build resilience in low-income communities. The VISTA members will be hosted and sponsored by members of the LSA Disaster Network including: Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Lutheran Services Florida, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri, and Upbring. The program will improve the ability of low-income communities to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse shocks and stresses, including natural and human-caused disasters, by implementing a variety of activities that will support the communities through assessment, risk mitigation, preparedness, volunteer training, and disaster services improvement.

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