Nearly two dozen local, county and state officials learned about the future direction of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation August 15 at the first-ever Legislative Roundtable at the Detroit Athletic Club. Foundation staff were joined by several board members in a lively discussion about the organizations emerging health priority areas and ways these elected and appointed leaders could support the work of the Foundation.
The Roundtable kicked off with a welcome from Dave Coulter, Director of External Affairs for the Foundation, followed by an update on the Foundation’s new strategic direction presented by Foundation President and CEO, Lawrence J. Burns.
“Hosting this Legislative Roundtable was extremely timely and important. As the Foundation plans to make a bigger difference in the community, meeting with elected officials is a great starting point,” stated Burns.
For the discussion portion of the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the major issues children face in their communities and districts. Throughout the conversation, several topics seemed to be prevalent in all districts, including mental health, childhood obesity, youth activities and programming to support children and their families.
“The feedback provided from today’s discussion will help us narrow the priority areas to focus on the major issues within the community to help make a bigger impact in Michigan,” said Coulter.
The Foundation plans to host future Legislative Roundtables to continue the discussions and to engage other communities and leaders about the pediatric health and wellness issues of importance to them.
“The future of our Foundation is to be seen as a community foundation for children,” said Burns. “These leaders can help us make Michigan a great place to raise children.”
To learn more about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, visit chmfoundation.org.