RMC Health Board Meeting and Healthy School Leadership Retreat

It has been a fantastic week in Vail, Colorado! I feel incredibly fortunate to be on the Board of Directors of RMC Health, a non-profit that serves those working to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional health of children and youth. We had a great Board meeting that included both a business meeting and some strategic planning for the future. 

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RMC Health Board of Directors Meeting

Years ago, in 2004, I joined the Society of State Leaders of Health and PE. I was a State Director for Health Education at the Oregon Department of Education. At the time, Sharon Murray was the Executive Director and it was an introduction into my work connections and relationship building nationally. Years later, Sharon would accept the position of the President of RMC Health, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the effectiveness of those working to improve the health and well-being of children and youth. I knew of RMC Health, when they were the primary professional development (PD) organization of all our states funded to do Coordinated School Health work. So, between my membership with Society and RMC Health providing PD support to Oregon, I've known both Sharon and the work of RMC Health for about ten years. 

A year ago, Sharon approached me about being on the Board of Directors and after giving it some thought (mostly determining my capacity), I decided to commit to being on the RMC Board because:

  • I believe in their mission and vision;
  • It is a great opportunity to continue to build partnerships and relationships;
  • I am passionate about making schools healthier places and paid work isn’t the only way to do it;
  • Growing an organization, with intention, is exciting work;
  • I want to learn and grow professionally and this opportunity offers that.

You can ready more on why I joined the Board in this blog post dated November 20, 2013 here

We have Board meetings every other month via video conference, however, once a year we come to Colorado and meet in person. Today was our annual in-person meeting at the Pepsi Center. It was a great opportunity for me to meet the rest of the Board in person and engage with RMC Health's Leadership Team. And, the entire staff joined us for some networking at the end of the day.

 RMC Health Board of Directors and Leadership Team

RMC Health Board of Directors and Leadership Team

I truly believe that RMC Health provides state of the art PD for educators in the field. Our vision is healthy children and youth and the work leads us there! I am honored to be a part of an organization moving the needle on kids health. The leadership and staff at RMC Health are extraordinary and I feel incredibly valued and appreciated being part of this great team!

New Opportunity for Cairn Guidance!

As we open our doors again for work after a three-month bicycle-trip sabbatical, a great opportunity has come our way. I have been asked to serve on the Board of Directors at RMC Health in Colorado. I am honored to have been asked to participate in an advisory roll for this innovative non-profit within the school health field.

I initially worked with RMC Health (previously Rocky Mountain Center) when I was working at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in 2004. ODE contracted with RMC to provide training and technical assistance for the Healthy Kids Learn Better (HKLB) Cadre. The HKLB Cadre supports health and physical education teachers through no-cost training events on policies, practices, curriculum implementation and programs. I started building strong relationships with RMC as a result of their support. I was also a participant in the first national Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) training in Portland, which served as a pilot years before the tool was available to the public. RMC has always delivered strong technical assistance and training to states around the country. Even though leadership and staff have shifted over the years, the current environment has demonstrated to be effective and successful. When President Sharon Murray formerly asked me to be part of the Board in the spring, I needed some time to consider it, seeing as though I was leaving for a three month bicycle journey across the USA and was not 100% sure of my professional plans post-Road to Rhode! After the successful trip, I contacted Sharon to hear more about the opportunity. I decided to commit to being on the RMC Board because:

·      I believe in their mission and vision;

·      It is a great opportunity to continue to build partnerships and relationships;

·      I am passionate about making schools healthier places and paid work isn’t the only way to do it;

·      Growing an organization, with intention, is exciting work;

·      I want to learn and grow professionally and this opportunity offers that.

As of a few weeks ago, I was officially voted in as a Board member. I am excited to build partnerships and help provide direction and leadership for RMC Health and I am looking forward to my first remote Board meeting on December 12!