One Voice. One Community.
Now in its ninth year of existence, the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County (HSC) was conceived by local leaders who realized that the human service sector needed to come together in service of the people they served, and of the community as a whole.
HSC’s mission is to enhance system efficiencies and effectiveness to develop one voice for the human service system by promoting, enhancing, and advocating for human service organizations and the clients they serve.
HSC’s work is focused on five areas:
- Government relations (local, state, and federal)
- Funding advocacy and cultivation
- Driving collaboration between our members, and between our members and across sectors
- Facilitating or providing trainings, programs, services, a la a traditional chamber of commerce
- Communicating and educating (Internally, to our CEOs with exclusive analysis and information; externally, to our community through social media and a weekly e-newsletter)
> To be the respected and trusted voice for human service organizations and their clients in Central Ohio;
> To enhance the quality of life for Franklin County residents through greater advocacy, collaboration, and leadership.
> HSC is led by a Board of Directors that oversees the direction of the organization. Day-to-day operations are carried out by full-time staff members.
HSC in the Community
HSC currently sits on several committees, alliances, and task forces, including:
- Advocates for Ohio’s Future Steering Committee
- Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellowship Advisory Board
- Columbus City Council Commission on Black Girls
- Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ Poverty Steering Committee
- Nonprofit Higher Education Alliance
- Ohio Opioid Education Alliance
HSC in the News
- Columbus Dispatch (April 2019)
- Columbus Underground (March 2019)
- Columbus CEO (February 2019)
- Columbus Dispatch (February 22, 2019)
- Columbus Dispatch (February 19, 2019)
- Columbus Dispatch (January 2019)
- ABC6 (January 2019)
- Columbus Dispatch (June 2018)
- Business First (April 2018)
- Columbus Dispatch (December 2017)
Full Membership Meeting
April 25, 2019 | 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Our next full membership meeting will be held at Alvis on Thursday, April 25th.
Our agenda is still being developed as we monitor various items of relevance to our membership related to public policy and funding streams.
... the things we care about and are trying to change
We want an affordable home for everyone in our community. We’re working together to increase the amount of affordable homes, create more economically integrated neighborhoods, allow seniors to “age in place,” and provide supportive housing options for people with unique needs.
We want an opportunity to earn a living for anyone who is able to work. We’re helping our members match business needs with trained workers, developing programs that will integrate new Americans into the workforce, and pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.
We want all children grow up in an environment that prepares them for success. We’re ensuring that Central Ohio prepares its children by providing early education opportunities, out-of-school programming, summer learning activities, and outstanding mentoring programs.
We want a community that promotes healthy living and provides extraordinary treatment. We’re building Franklin County’s capacity to serve the oncoming wave of aging baby boomers, pushing for reforms that would allow our members to keep up with the demand created by Medicaid expansion, and ensure that Franklin County residents have access to an adequate amount of addiction prevention and recovery supports that insurance will not cover.
We want an efficient and effective human service sector. We’re trying to make Franklin County an even better place for human service agencies to operate by enacting policy changes that would help to reduce turnover among home health aides, social workers, and other front-line program staff, as well as promoting efforts to develop comprehensive, coordinated case management systems for human services.