HSC Forum

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Convened by the Human Services Coalition, the HSC Forum facilitates community dialogues on topics impacting our local area. Topics and speakers that have been especially beneficial to the community have included Heating Tompkins (energy assistance programs), Planning and Implementing Successful Outreach to Underserved Populations, The Annual Local Funders Panel, and forums to discuss the impacts of state and local funding decisions.

The HSC Forum is free and open to the public and registration is not needed; all who are interested in human services and their efficient delivery are urged to attend.

Upcoming HSC Forums



Past HSC Forums

Wednesday, May 19, 2021: 2022 Tompkins County Budget Panel

A panel discussion of the 2022 Tompkins County budget. 

Panelists: Jason Molino, County Administrator, Shawna Black, Chair, Health & Human Services Committee, and Deborah Dawson, Chair, Budget, Capital & Personnel Committee. Henry Granison, Vice Chair, Health & Human Services Committee.

Administrator Jason Molino presented the fiscal and economic factors driving next year’s budget, including the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He will outline the 2022 budget process, which will take place over the next five months. 


Thursday, September 17, 2020: Funders Panel

A panel presentation with our community grantmakers! 

Panelists provided updates on their collective COVID-19 response, individual general funding cycles, and other funding opportunities. 



March 11, 2020: Driving Health Equity with Community Services Networks

How can Tompkins County human and social services agencies work together to provide more effective service delivery, maximize agency income, and improve overall community health and well-being? 

Social and environmental forces play a major role in people’s health. Community agencies that address social determinants of health (SDOH)– things like access to health services, housing, education, economic stability, food security – have emerged as key players in the new Medicaid service delivery landscape.
That is why the NYS Medicaid program is now requiring health care providers and insurers to partner with human and social services organizations to improve individual and population health.

What does this mean for your organization? Community based agencies that can define their value proposition and deliver on it are well-positioned to thrive in this emerging system. This will require agencies to adapt their practices and, more importantly, align with each other to leverage their value as a network that addresses the whole person.