PDT Staff Writer
Officials with the Scioto County Health Coalition think the organization has grown to the point where they need to seek 501c3 status and look into the possibility of hiring staff.
The idea of perusing 501c3 status was presented to the coalition at it’s Friday All Hands Committee meeting.
“We’re at that place now where we see a need for a coordinator. Someone that can work between all of the entities and look at doing grant writing, fundraising and various other items. In order to accomplish that the health coalition will have to seek to become a nonprofit organization,” said Ed Hughes, CEO of Compass Community Health. “The Counseling Center and Compass Community Health are working with Chris Smith (Health Commissioner, city of Portsmouth) and others to investigate what it would entail to become a 501c3 organization.”
Hughes said once 501c3 status is achieved, the leadership of the coalition would then look at ways to fund a coordinator position. Hughes said this is all still in the planning process and did not indicate when the process would be complete.
“Everyone keeps telling us (health coalition) we need to get a grant for this and we need to get a grant for that. But of course the health coalition can’t be a fiscal agent,” Smith said. “This is the next big step to formalizing us and making us a permanent part of the community.”
Smith said Yost Engineering has agreed to assist the coalition in completing the necessary paperwork.
He said the coalition would need to reorganize its structure while the status is being sought.
“Right now me, Dr. (Aaron) Adams, Ed Hughes, and Dr. (Terry) Johnson have been acting as the top leadership of the coalition. In working towards achieving 501c3 status that leadership team would move to a more formal board,” Smith said.
He also said the committee structure of the coalition would have to change.
The coalition is currently made up of several committees, public relations, wellness, medical, economic development, community initiatives and Rx Drug Action Team that meets the second Friday of the month at various times throughout the day.
Smith and others said they will be looking at ways to consolidate existing committees so the meetings to not take all day. He said a recommendation on the reorganization of the coalition, would be presented to the group for consideration at its September meeting.
For more information about the Scioto County Health Coalition visit www.sciotohealth.org.
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