Swap Shop: Innovative Strategies Across the Network to Address Social Determinants of Health

May 5, 2023

Addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) is a common thread across our network and critical to tackling health equity gaps in our communities. Get valuable insights from members of our Enhanced Care Management working group as they share how they’re closing these gaps across their communities. Hear what they’re  learning, the challenges they’re facing, and the partnerships and innovative business models they’re tapping into.

In this Strength & Service Series webinar, we cover topics to ensure your organization is ready for successful SDOH screenings and supportive connections:

  • Beyond the Surface: Exploring the significance of SDOH screening
  • A Cultural Transformation: Fostering active engagement among program participants and staff
  • Exploring Innovative Reimbursement Strategies: For SDOH screening

Presenting Member Organizations

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Voucher Power: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Assisted Living Occupancy

May 9, 2023

Are you searching for ways to fill vacancies and ensure a vibrant community within your Assisted Living units? Look no further! There’s a game-changing solution that can revolutionize the way to maintain a steady stream of older adult occupants.

Member organizations that offer Assisted Living Units can partner with Public Housing Authorities to receive vouchers covering the costs of older adult residents who qualify for affordable housing. Join Linda Couch, vice president of housing and aging services policy at LeadingAge, who will share how you can secure rental assistance vouchers for assisted living.

You’ll leave the webinar with the know-how to:

  • Tap into HUD’s voucher program
  • “Project-base” vouchers to assisted living apartments
  • Secure a steady stream of rent subsidies
  • Expand services to people with low incomes

About Linda

Linda is the vice president of housing and aging services policy for LeadingAge, an organization of more than 5,300 mission-driven organizations representing the full continuum of aging services. Linda oversees LeadingAge’s affordable housing policy work, which is focused on expanding and preserving affordable housing options for very low income seniors, and connecting residents of affordable senior housing to health and wellness supports.

After 12 years with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Linda rejoined LeadingAge in 2016 to identify and advocate for solutions to the unprecedented affordable housing challenges faced by older adults. Linda has a special interest in the federal budget and appropriations processes and has testified before House and Senate committees.

Linda received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from the George Washington University and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut.

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2023 Lutheran Information Technology Network Fall Conference

March 21, 2023

The Lutheran Information Technology Network (LITN) hosts a technology conference in the spring and fall of each year. LITN will host its 2023 fall conference September 24–26 in Pray, Montana, to discuss topics we all have in common including:

  • Non-profit IT
  • Vendor issues
  • Security
  • Networking
  • Cloud applications
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Organization overviews

There is no monetary cost to attend this conference. Participants will be highly encouraged to share a topic of interest that pertains to their organization that we may learn from and host discussion afterwards.

About LITN

LITN was started in 1999 to support member agencies’ missions through knowledge sharing, networking (of people), educating, and promoting IT value.


  • To enable sharing of information between members on Information Technology (IT) management and technology trends, challenges and solutions.
  • To develop relationships among the members that will lead to mutually beneficial exchanges and partnerships.
  • To leverage the members’ collective size and capacity to provide educational opportunities, more advantageous relationships with vendors, and other opportunities.
  • To provide opportunities to learn from and build relationships with non-IT executives from Lutheran Services in America member organizations.

Tackling Healthcare Costs: Strategies to Manage Rising Costs While Maximizing Affordability for Employees

February 15, 2023

Inflation and post-pandemic shifts in healthcare costs are putting substantial pressure on employers. According to Willis Towers Watson (WTW), over 70% of employers are expecting moderate to significant healthcare cost increases over the next three years, while more than 40% of employers cite managing employee affordability as a top priority. Managing costs and affordability have always been competing priorities, but now it’s crucial to balance both to meet current business and talent needs.

Learn from Jon Nilson, Senior Director and healthcare actuary with WTW, about strategic tactics and creative ideas employers are using to manage costs, maximize affordability and appeal to prospective employees.

This webinar is hosted and supported by Portico Benefit Services and is designed to bring the knowledge of expert practitioners to the Lutheran Services in America network.

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Join the Conversation: Funding Opportunities for Vaccinating Older Adults and People with Disabilities

February 3, 2023

Lutheran Services in America is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and USAging to bring funding opportunities to our members through a unique vaccine grant initiative. Hear the most current information on how you can assist older adults and people with disabilities who have not already received their COVID and flu vaccines.

Join us in an interactive webinar on Thursday, February 16 at 1 p.m. EST. We’ll be joined by NCOA and USAging to answer questions concerning:

  • How your organization can apply for grant funds
  • Strategies for selecting the best grant opportunity for your organization (you can apply for both)
  • Eligible activities to help marginalized groups that do not have access to vaccines
  • Messaging to support outreach to vaccine-hesitant communities

There will also be dedicated time for Q&A to address any other questions or concerns that you might have.

Applications ARE OPEN NOW and reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2023, or until funds are exhausted. Project start dates can begin now and close as late as April 15, 2024. This is a very popular and competitive funding opportunity, so we encourage you to submit applications as quickly as possible.

Read more about the vaccine funding opportunity.

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Photo of Susan StilesSusan Stiles, PhD, is Senior Director of Healthy Aging Innovations, at the National Council on Aging. In this role, she oversees the healthy aging portfolio to include wellness programs, resource centers, digital content partnerships, and community center networks.

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Photo of Deborah Stone-WallsDeborah Stone-Walls is Chief of Programs and Services at USAging. In this capacity, she oversees the association’s portfolio of programs that help its Area Agency on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Program members support older adults and people with disabilities as they live independently in the communities of their choosing.



A Conversation with Dr. Dora Hughes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

January 30, 2023

Join Dr. Dora Hughes, Chief Medical Officer at the CMS Innovation Center as she shares how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging innovation to advance health equity in rural and underserved communities across the country. Dr. Hughes will explore how the Center envisions advancing health equity through community-based providers and other non-traditional partners to increase access and improve health outcomes.

You will also hear from trailblazer Lutheran Services in America member Lindsey Sand, vice president of population health at Knute Nelson, and Donna Magnuson, Chief Program Officer at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, on their population health strategy and the ways Knute Nelson is approaching partnerships with Medicare Advantage providers in Minnesota.

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Looking Ahead: Insights, Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of Public Health

December 9, 2022

The American Public Health Association hosted a webinar session with four public health experts, including our president and CEO, Charlotte Haberaecker, who discussed their visions for the future of our field, bringing unique perspectives from local, national, global and cross-sectoral levels.

Charlotte previously served as a member of a bipartisan task force that shaped the recommendations of a Bipartisan Policy Center report for modernizing the public health system. Building on that experience, Charlotte emphasized the importance of addressing social determinants of health and partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations.


  • Shared lessons learned from collaborative efforts to transform public health
  • Examined major threats and opportunities for the next generation
  • Reflected on how we can engage communities and partners to create new champions for public health and equity

A recording of the session is available to view.

2022 Leadership Award Winners Step into the Ring with Héctor Colón

November 4, 2022

On this episode of “In the Ring,” Héctor Colón, president and CEO of our member Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, interviews the three winners of our 2022 Leadership Awards: Kristyn Peck of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Marian Baldini of KenCrest, and Kelli Dobner of Samaritas.

Join these three outstanding leaders as they share their stories about how they are tackling our sector’s greatest issues and empowering their communities.



View the teaser for a preview of the conversation:

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace

October 3, 2022

“Diversity is the art of thinking independently together.” Are you looking for ways to increase your cultural awareness, inclusion skills and diversity dexterity while leveraging current best practices for leading your organization toward inclusive excellence? Join us for a new series of webinars, “Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace,” with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) expert Tommie Lewis from Make It Plain Consulting. Tommie will guide us through the “who,” “what” and “how’s” of making practical and realistic changes in our lives and workplace to better understand our differences, foster mutual respect and build more effective working relationships.

Webinar participants will raise awareness and understanding of DEI; increase knowledge of inclusive excellence; develop skills through real-world DEI case studies; and create personal, team and organizational plans of action. You’ll be able to more meaningfully engage with staff, clients and other partners.

Tommie has worked with several Lutheran social ministry providers and will bring targeted understanding to the webinars. These webinars are for anyone who wants to build their cultural competency muscle and take it home or in the workplace. Bring yourself and your teams!

Tommie is one of those rare consultants who was able and willing to be fully engaged with the leadership of our organization as a partner, dedicated to helping us achieve organizational change and personal growth. Tommie’s approach helped us move toward creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment and the tools to think differently. I hope you and your teams can join this three-part series hosted by Lutheran Services in America where we will share learnings with others who understand our challenges in a safe and trusted environment.

~ Ray Ratke, President and CEO of enCircle

Previous Sessions

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace: The Who, What and How’s of Working in a Diverse Place” (November 8, 2022):

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace: How Others are Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Spaces” (December 6, 2022):

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace: Incorporating Appreciation of All into the Hiring Lifecycle, from Recruitment through Retention” (February 7, 2023):

About Tommie Lewis

Tommie has successfully guided companies, institutions and communities along their journey to equitable, diverse and inclusive cultures. As the co-host of “Diversity Conversations,” the national podcast show dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion topics, Tommie provides practical, research-based and outcome-driven solutions to complex individual, business and social issues.

Learn more about Tommie Lewis and Make It Plain Consulting.

Listen to Tommie’s “Diversity Conversations” podcasts.

About the Strength & Service Series

The Strength & Service Series is designed to help our member organizations nationwide—free of charge—stay in the know on new and evolving practices and resources, curating a broad line-up of topics and subject matter expertise. This interactive webinar is made possible by funding from a grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Special thanks to the ELCA for sponsoring this workshop.

2023 Lutheran Financial Managers Association Conference

September 9, 2022

Financial managers are facing complex challenges from today’s economic disruptors. Whether it’s increasing workforce costs, tightening cash flow, new business models or capital investments, the rising costs of doing business are forcing managers to make tough decisions. The Lutheran Financial Managers Association conference is your opportunity to network with your peers and learn from experts on how to respond effectively to our current environment. From expert topical presentations to in-depth networking opportunities, the conference is designed to give you the connections, tools and resources you need to navigate the “new normal.”



The 43rd annual conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel in Orlando, Florida.


What is LFMA?

Our mission is to enable and support the continuing improvement of fiscal management services in Lutheran affiliated/recognized social ministry organizations by providing a vehicle and forum where people in the industry can join together for common sharing and educational experiences.

What Happens at the LFMA Conference?

The board of directors develops a program around the significant issues currently confronting our organizations. Topical experts provide their insight and knowledge, while peer speakers provide suggestions, ideas and best practices on tough issues. The conference is designed to be participatory, encouraging questions of the presenters and stimulating dialogue amongst the attendees. Plus, the networking is what distinguishes the conference and makes it a must-attend event. In addition to lessons learned from your colleagues, many collaborations and partnerships have been launched at the LFMA Conference.

How Do I Become an LFMA Member?

Membership entitles one person for your organization to attend the conference. While at the conference, nearly all meals are provided along with social engagement events. Dues are determined by your organization size.

Less than $30 million     $600

$30–50 million                $700

$50–80 million                $800

Over $80 million             $1,000

Contact Steve Anderson for more information.