After serving as Vice President of Program at the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) since October 2010, I have decided to step down from the position at the end June 2014 and return home to Los Angeles, California. My decision is made in the spirit of gratitude and optimism. I’m eager for the possibilities that the future holds.
This decision, however, has not been easy. While I have enjoyed so many aspects of my life here in Connecticut, I had to admit to myself that I am home sick. The common theme was the sun. I miss the year-round sunshine. The sheer beauty of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. And, most importantly, the warming rays of the familial community I basked in for 27 years.
Don’t get me wrong. Moving to Connecticut has been an adventure on so many levels. Never before did I have to warm up my car in the winter, or shovel snow! Never before had I understood that cabin fever is a real thing. Weather jokes aside, I developed an appreciation of awe for the four-season cycle and how it insists on rebirth and renewal every spring.
My return home is bittersweet for professional reasons also. I am extremely grateful for the tremendous opportunity I have been afforded over the last three years to engage in the important work of CT Health. I have been honored to be part of the foundation’s bold commitments to health equity for people of color, integrated care that is inclusive of oral and mental health, and leadership development, to name a few.
To CT Health’s dedicated staff, board, grantee partners, Fellows, and consultants, all of whom share an amazing passion to improve our communities’ health for the better – I have been privileged to work with you. You have each and collectively been instrumental to my leadership development (both personal and professional), and I cherish each of you for that. I thank you for your commitment and I am proud of what we have accomplished together.
Over the next six months, I will continue to support the implementation of the foundation’s new strategic plan. I’m particularly thrilled to complete my work with the Health Leadership Fellows and the Children’s Mental Health Initiative. I will complete the 2014 Health Leadership Fellows Program with the class, encourage the ongoing engagement of the Fellows network, and help position the program for its 10th year. For our Children’s Mental Health Initiative, I plan to ensure grantees are set to maximize their success. And, I never thought I’d say this, but – I’m excited to manage the completion of our health equity evaluation plan and setting its implementation in motion.
As you can see, I will be here for a while longer and I look forward to our paths crossing in person at least one more time. My hope is that my transition will allow Patricia Baker and the management team the time they need to plan the foundation’s next steps.
I have every confidence that all of you who are part of the Connecticut Health Foundation will continue this important work with deep passion moving forward. Know that I will be cheering you on from the left, oops, I mean west coast. And, of course, if your travels take you out to California, please look me up! firstname.lastname@example.org