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UPHS Member Receives Florida Blue Foundation’s Sapphire Award

UPHS is pleased to congratulate one of its member organizations, Big Bend Cares, for being one of just two organizations in Florida receiving the Florida Blue Foundation’s Sapphire Award. The awards recognize results, innovation and excellence in healthcare. The video below was made for the awards ceremony.

United Partners for Human Services Invites You to Attend 15th Annual Conference

“Taking on Today: Success Strategies for Human Services Professionals in the New Normal” provides invaluable opportunities for the human-service professionals

In these times of shrinking budgets, it can be hard to find quality professional-development opportunities that both offer great value and also are affordable. The United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) has the answer for you!

UPHS is holding its 15th Annual Conference on Nonprofit Management and Leadership Wednesday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development Center. The theme for this year's conference is “Taking on Today: Success Strategies for Human Services Professionals in the New Normal.”

This conference is just one of our programs designed to improve the delivery of human services in the Big Bend. UPHS is also proud to be able to partner with some of Tallahassee's finest institutions to provide such a wide range of workshop topics for continuing education credit to our members and others.

Participants will attend workshops facilitated by human services and business leaders who have volunteered to help board members, program staff, and administrators learn about innovative business strategies, and creative approaches to managing and navigating change.

The May 14 plenary lunch session features keynote speaker Mark O'Bryant, CEO of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, who will speak on creating strategic roadmaps to help organizations thrive in the new change environment.

Among this year's workshops: “Tell the Story: Why Performance Measures Matter”; “Communication Across Generations”; and “Succeeding in the New Normal: Embracing Change and Opportunity.”

After the conference, at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, Tallahassee's legal community will offer human service agencies free, 45-minute legal consultations.

Admission is $65 for UPHS members; $85 for students with a student ID; and $100 for non-members. For a complete listing of the 15 workshops to be offered at the conference; and to register, visit www.uphsfl.org.

The United Partners for Human Services is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization representing 80 human service agencies in the Big Bend Region. UPHS advocates for human-service funding with local and state elected officials, and provides training and technical assistance to the Big Bend's not-for-profit human service agencies to improve program delivery.

United Partners for Human Services Hires Executive Director: Ellen Piekalkiewicz

Photo of Ellen Piekalkiewicz.Ellen is a non-profit manager with over 25 years of experience in public policy, legislative and governmental affairs; contract and grants management; disability rights, and grant writing. For the last three years, Ellen has worked a consultant to statewide organizations, local nonprofits, and federal agencies. Prior to that, Ellen was the Executive Director of the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation, an advisory council to the Governor and Florida Legislature. From 2001-2004, Ellen was the Assistant Director of Operations for Disability Rights Florida. She is an avid arts enthusiast with a particular passion for opera. Ellen is originally from Lawrence, Kansas and received her bachelor's degree from Grinnell College and master's degree from the University of Kansas. Ellen and her husband have two children – Natalie, a sophomore at Florida State University and Alexander, a senior at Lawton Chiles High School.

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