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Safety Net Resiliency Community of Practice

Event Details


Virtual Meeting- click here to register.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 17th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am for the 7th Community of Practice meeting, part of the 10-year Safety Net Resiliency Initiative to achieve a resilient and financially sustainable safety net.

HealthSpark Foundation is planning another interactive and idea-inspiring gathering to:

  • Bring together diverse community members to deepen understanding about the safety net system, systems change, and opportunities to work together to strengthen the safety net system
  • Build a deeper understanding about how the safety system worked or failed during the pandemic and for whom – what can we build upon and what do we need to reinvent?
  • Create space for participants to think critically about how they personally & organizationally can contribute to a better rebuild of the safety net system
  • Provide a hopeful, energy-giving experience for participants

We welcome community residents, leaders, service providers, and all who are interested in building the strength and financial resiliency of the county’s health and human services safety net system.

As the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative enters its fourth year – a year of many unknowns – we are confident that our community has the wisdom, networks, and experiences to make the safety net more effective, inclusive, and sustainable than ever before. Thank you for your continued learning and partnership with us.


9:00 am: Opening Performance by Yolanda Wisher, poet.

9:15 am: Welcoming Remarks. Russell Johnson, President/CEO, HealthSpark Foundation and Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr., Vice Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

9:30 am: State of the Safety Net. Chinwe Onyekere, HealthSpark Foundation, moderator; Toscha Blalock, Maternity Care Coalition; Lynette Hazelton, Generocity; Neil McDevitt, Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre.

10:00 am: Breakout Sessions. Small group discussion focused on building connections and ideas.

10:50 am. What's Next? Upcoming opportunities to engage in the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative, including grant opportunities, learning, and advocacy.

11:00 am. Adjourn.