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Board Members Present:  Danny Sands, Debra Cobb, Eric Bersh, Brian Mack, Joe Ternullo, Sarah Krug, Mary Hennings, Matthew Holt, Jay Spitulnik, Dennis Reilly, Tim Blevins, Vera Rulon, Jan Oldenburg, Judy Danielson, John Grohol, Amber Soucy, Burt Rosen

Others in Attendance: Randy Houk, Vaughn Keller

Full attendance record available here.

Welcome – Hennings

Minutes from last board meeting: Bersh


Treasurer-Membership Report:  Cobb

$173,000. Projection to end of 2021, $135,000 (no income included).

Recognition of departing Board members:  Hennings

Mary reads Jan Oldenburg and Burt Rosen’s resolutions. Mary extends personal thanks. Motion to approve. Unanimous. Jan and Burt leave balance of meeting.

ED Update:  Hennings

Strategic planning update. Upcoming business plan, funding plan. Key products. Funding spreadsheet will be distributed to Board. Randy asks for suggestions on funding.  Data compilation project with Jay Spitulnik and NEU students. Review of SPM assets. primary challenges, primary opportunities (including working with underserved communities). Randy has assembled a list of community partnership possibilities. Danny asks about compilation project and has a few suggestions which he will discuss with Jay offline.

AHRQ Health Literacy Project:  Sands

Janice Tufte working with them re: patient involvement.  Danny would like to submit a letter of support.  Motion to approve. Unanimous.

Consideration of new Board members:  Hennings, Danielson, Rulon

Kistein Monkhouse (Vera)

Has good skill sets. Patient storytelling. Has a startup. Serving underserved community. Motion to appoint. Unanimous.

Astra Titus (Judy)

Enthusiastically recommended. Enjoyed speaking to her personally. Motion to appoint.  Unanimous.

Healthcare trends and the Board environment in 2022: Vaughn Keller

Presented “World of Health Care is Never at Rest” PowerPoint.  1) Triple Aim. 2) SDOH. 3) 4 Ps: Predict/Prevent/Personalize/Participate. Other organizations addressed same issues as SPM. SPM Task Teams will be very important in coming years. Mary proposes that teams are difficult with a strong strategy.  Sarah says we are getting as much done as possible within our limitations. Brian discusses the 80/20 rule. Judy comments that teamwork is hard. Vaughn says think of teams as one of SPM’s core competencies. Effective teams satisfy clients. Teams grow and become more effective.  Beware of social loafers.  How to create this effectiveness?  Needs a compelling direction.  Needs a defined task.  Clear authority.  Need a stable team. Team needs to be interdependent. When is the task done?  What is the deliverable?  Tim discusses the context in which we discuss teams.  Judy, Danny, Matthew contributed comments.  Mary says making change is partly social and partly productive.  Sarah talks about engagement and burnout.  Danny discusses teams vs. individuals getting things done.  Vaughn says the task need to be BIG enough.  Teams work best with less than 7 people.  No social loafing on small teams.  Get to know one another.  Sense of making a contribution.  Edginess on a team works well.  Teams have to be weighted properly re: knowledge and skills.  SPM must have effective teams to succeed.  Danny reacts to presentation.  Jay talks about governance vs. action.  Vera discusses some of the issues related to the public policy committee.  Mary will share the presentation

Summary / Other Business:  Hennings

Amber discusses recent blog posts.  October 12 meeting will be a full board meeting.  October 26 is also full Board meeting.  Both will be 1.5 hours.

Adjourned at  7:58 — Next board meetings: October 12, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET and October 26, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Respectfully submitted,

Eric N Bersh

SPM Board Secretary