CHNA 6 Steering Committee


The CHNA 6 Steering Committee consists of:

  • Chair: Rebecca Donham, MetroWest Health
  • Co-Chair:
  • Marcel Descheneaux, Riverside Community
  • Sara Humiston, Milford Family and Community Network 
  • Luisa Fundora, MA Department of Public Health
  • Donna Boynton, Milford Regional Medical Center
  • Candice Richardson, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Kimberly Mu-Chow, New England Chapel
  • Craig Consilgi, Milford High School
  • Susan Clark, Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center
  • Ryan Sherman, Medway Public Schools 


Join the Steering Committee:  The Steering Committee is looking for new members! The steering committee meets every other month to set agenda for general CHNA 6 meetings, approve recommendations of the grants committee, and members serve on one of the subcommittees; finance, outreach/education or grants distribution. The commitment is about 10 hours a month. If you are interested, please submit this brief application by February 7, 2020 to

Keys to Successful Grantwriting!
We would like to invite CHNA 6 members to participate in a grantwriting workshop!


  • When: Thursday, February 13, 2020 (Snow Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020)
  • Time: 8:30 am – 12 noon
  • Presenter: Dodi Swope, adjunct faculty member at Clark University and Senior Consultant at Investing in Girls Alliance.
  • Location: Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center (located at 60 N. Bow St., Milford, MA 01757
  • Fee: $10/person. Light breakfast included
  • Audience: Those new to grantwriting and those who want to assure they’re up-to-the-minute in their grantwriting approach. 
  • To Register: Submit this form by Friday, January 24, 2020. You will receive an email confirmation. Space is limited and registration is not complete until payment recieved. 
  • Cancellation policy: Because we incur costs and may be unable to fill your seat, refunds will not be made for cancellations made within one week of workshop.


Writing successful grant proposals doesn’t have to be a mysterious process. Whatever your funding target may be – a particular foundation, corporation, or government funder – there are certain steps that are generally the same and key areas that deserve special attention.


 In this session you will focus on:

  • Asking good questions up front – “Are we the right organization to do this and why?” and “What is the amount of change we can promise?”
  • Clarity of goals and objectives
  • The roles of needs assessment, logic models, theory of change, and partnerships
  • How to stay “in the know” about grantwriting trends
  • If you have a project in mind, or an idea that you’d like to develop, bring it with you. If you don’t, come anyway! You’ll leave with a solid understanding of what goes into a competitive proposal that, combined with research on funders likely to have an interest in your project, will position you for success.


Presenter Dodi Swope is a training and technical assistance specialist at Oklahoma University's Southwest Prevention Center. She teaches a graduate level course in grantwriting at Clark University through the International Development Community and Environment department. Dodi is also a public health consultant, facilitator and trainer.

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