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LOGO CONTEST!!!

We are looking for a logo to represent the SE Regional Gathering.  Are you a talented artist?  Are you skilled at creating images on the PC?  Do you know others who are?  Then submit a logo by simply emailing to southeastregionalgathering@gmail.com.  Thelogo image submissions are due by June 9th and the attendees will vote for winner at the June 20th Day of Learning.

To learn more, please check out our blog:  https://gatheringatthegrove.wordpress.com  where you will find a specific tab for Regional Gathering information.  We hope that you are as excited about the new direction as we are and look forward to seeing you in June!!!

 


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imagiNetwork

PChappell.jpgA post from Pennie Chappell, MEORC Provider Network Coordinator

In January, I was hired as the Provider Network Coordinator to manage the ImagiNetwork.  I came to this position with over 15 years of professional experience.  I began my career as a Direct Support Professional with an Agency Provider.  Within a few short months, I assumed a supervisory role and later held may upper management roles.  I say this not to boast, rather, to explain that I have a clear understanding of the needs and struggles providers face.  In fact, I have experienced the HCBS system from multiple levels as I have a 28 year old son who receives HCBS supports.  This allows me to help providers understand and work effectively with families in addition to my provider expertise.

So, what is ImagiNetwork?

The ImagiNetwork is a collaboration between MEORC and County Boards to support providers.  Currently, six counties (Carroll, Jefferson, Holmes, Hocking, Perry, and Muskingum) are participating in ImagiNetwork.  When counties contract with MEORC for ImagiNetwork, provider membership is assumed.  Providers do not have to meet a certain standard level or complete lengthy application processes.  Our philosophy is that no provider should be excluded; we will meet you where you are and support you to get where you want to be.

ImagiNetwork hosts provider meetings focused on DODD rules, On-boarding and Recruitment issues, Learning Forums, and “hot-issue” topics.  One-on-one support meetings occur anytime a provider requests some guidance.

For more information about ImagiNetwork, please call 740-501-0553 or email pchappell@meorc.com.

 


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SE REGIONAL GATHERING

 

Several years ago Community of Practice was formed by a group of PCT Coaches as a way to share and learn from each other.  As the group evolved, it became clear that the information shared during these Day of Learning shouldn’t be confined to just Coaches so County Boards and DODD Representatives were invited.  The last few years it became apparent that Providers, People Supported, and Families are vital to the vision of this group.  It is not an exclusive club…EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  You are encouraged, and expected, to invite others.

 The group has four committees made up of volunteers from the SE Region that ensure an agenda is created, invitations are sent, a meeting location is secured, and people feel welcomed when they arrive.  Although you see familiar faces facilitating the Day of Learning, the group is not governed by any one agency….it is PEOPLE DRIVEN.  All of the topic experts are the people attending, so everyone is encouraged to share stories and experiences.

We also recognize that this group is on A JOURNEY.  We are all in a different place on that journey and we need to be respectful of that, but we also want to challenge you to keep moving.  The journey never ends.  We never want to be a “we meet and we are done” event.  ON-GOING LEARNING is a must and it requires participants to intentionally move forward in your local area.

You may have noticed the subject line states “SE REGIONAL GATHERING” instead of “Community of Practice”.    Again, as this group has evolved, we noticed a hierarchy was forming.  The Gathering @ the Grove, which is a state-wide event, filtered down to the Community of Practice which filtered down to the local areas.  It was an uniramous decision to change the name in order to make this connection more vividly.  This then led to the LOGO CONTEST.   We are looking for a logo to represent the SE Regional Gathering.  Are you a talented artist?  Are you skilled at creating images on the PC?  Do you know others who are?  Then submit a logo by simply emailing to southeastregionalgathering@gmail.com.  The submissions are due by June 9th and the attendees will vote for winner at the June 20th Day of Learning.

To learn more, please check out our blog:  https://gatheringatthegrove.wordpress.com  where you will find a specific tab for Regional Gathering information.  We hope that you are as excited about the new direction as we are and look forward to seeing you in June!!!