September 13, 2018
Woodson Center Newsletter – September 13, 2018
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Healthy People

Dr. Charles L. Perry, Director of Training at the Woodson Center, attended the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention meeting September 6 – 7, 2018 to continue planning Healthy People objectives for 2030.  In 1979, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established the Healthy People initiative to develop a framework for improving the health of all people in the United States. Healthy People provides evidence-based, ten-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People offers a strategic agenda to align health promotion and disease prevention activities in communities around the country. It includes measurable objectives with targets to be reached by the end of each decade. The Healthy People initiative is grounded in the principle that setting national objectives and monitoring progress can motivate action. The purpose of Dr. Perry’s attendance was to identify networking, partnering and funding opportunities revealed during the Healthy People 2030 Committee meeting, and beneficial to the Woodson Center and its 220 CAN members. Click here to learn the four “take-aways” from Dr. Perry’s attendance at the meeting that directly impact Woodson Center CAN member sites. You can also click here to see Healthy People 2020 progress updates, and click here to read the Charter for health promotion and disease prevention for 2030.

For further details or suggestions as to how your organization fits the Healthy People development framework, contact Dr. Charles L. Perry, 202-518-6500, extension 322. Visit this website for a quick synopsis of the national leading health indicators.


CAN member HOPE for Prisoners is excited to announce that its September 2018 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 4:30pm. 32 men and women will be graduating and returning to the community, fighting for second chances. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Mark Bailus will administer the oath to the graduates as they commit to remain productive, law-abiding members of the community.


Bob Woodson, Founder of the Woodson Center, appeared on Larry Marino’s podcast Sunday Morning Newsmakers. Mr. Woodson spoke about homelessness and real solutions both the Woodson Center and CAN members implement everyday to combat poverty, neighborhood violence, and homelessness. Click hereto listen to the 12-minute segment.

Newsletter Spotlight

The Woodson Center, in partnership with the Network for Good, implemented a two-year experiment with twenty-three Woodson Center CAN members in December 2016 through its training and technical assistance program. Eligible organizations are those CAN member organizations that have evidence of having at least a $40,000 budget in the previous calendar year, and have received an IRS Tax Exempt status. The fund development training and technical assistance component is a rigorous training and technical assistance component. Each organization has to devote at least 5 hours per week to the process and engage in weekly one-hour webinars.

Now, eighteen months later, Woodson Center has six organizations that have borne the rigorous training and technical assistance from Woodson Center and Network for Good (NFG). The success measurement is to achieve a 40% increase in funding year-over-year using the NFG platform called Donor Path and Donor Management. The Woodson Center engaged in the training and technical assistance alongside CAN members. The Woodson Center strengthened its donor data base, improved the number of donor appeals over a 12 month period of time from one to six, and increased average donations by 6% over last year. While we are far from the 40% desired outcome, Woodson Center staff are optimistic to improve those percentages over the next 100 days ending December 31, 2018. Over the next few weeks, the Woodson Center will explore Convergence Resource Center (Milwaukee, WI), Pine Bluff Interested Citizens Voter Registration (Pine Bluff, AR), The Bryce Project (Alexandria, VA), Hartford Communities That Care (Hartford, CT), Project Detour (Harvey, LA), and Avenue of Life (Kansas City, KS) to share the great work they’re doing, as well as their story about and analysis of fund development

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