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; all who are interested in human services and their efficient delivery are urged to attend.

Upcoming HSC Forums

September 11, 2024 – TBD

November 13, 2024 – TBD


Past HSC Forums

May 8, 2024 – 2025 Tompkins County Budget Presentation
Lisa Holmes, County Administrator, presented on the factors that drive the 2025 Tompkins County budget. Also in attendance was Dan Klein, Chair, Tompkins County Legislature and Shawna Black, Chair, Health & Human Services Committee.  

George Ferrari, CEO, Community Foundation of Tompkins County served as the Forum’s facilitator. 

View the Zoom recording on YouTube

March 13, 2024 – Investing in Community: Perspectives from Nonprofit Foundations and Funders
A conversation with experienced local and regional funding experts. We discussed the current funding landscape as well as effective strategies for grant writing, reporting and management. Panelists shared tips for capacity building and strengthening relationships toward enhanced outcomes.

January 10, 2024 –  Insights Into Mental Health Equity
The first HSC Forum of 2024! Co-sponsored by the Health Planning Council and Homeless and Housing Task Force, this panel discussion centered around mental/behavioral health equity. The panel discussion aimed to provide a deeper understanding of the disparities and barriers that exist. Additionally, to connect experts and other community stakeholders to share insights, research, and best practices in order to develop actionable steps toward mental health equity in our community.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 – Meaningful Collaborations Across the Health & Human Services Sector
This event will bring together esteemed leaders, professionals and community members to foster collaboration, share insights, and build meaningful connections that may lead to future partnerships. The event will feature engaging discussions and ample opportunity for networking.

Join other individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact in our community to discuss the diverse perspectives of those who are driving change across the Tompkins County health and human services sector.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 – Medicaid 115 Waiver

Powerpoint Presentation

You will receive a Zoom link to attend after you register.

Mark Ropiecki, Executive Director of the Care Compass Network, will be presenting on New York State’s proposed amendment to the Medicaid 1115 waiver.

This amendment is intended to address health disparities and service delivery in the NY health care system. The redesign considers social determinants of health as it proposes new approaches to health equity, transitional housing, workforce capacity, behavioral health and digital and telehealth. More information on the process can be found here.

There will be time for Q&A during the session, and you will have an opportunity to submit questions when you register. We request that all questions are submitted by 9/6/2023. All submissions will remain anonymous and confidential and no identifying information will be shared.

Co-sponsored by the Health Planning Council and the Homeless & Housing Taskforce