Joint Center Place Matters

Webinar #9

Community Commons Demo
Monday, January 9, 2012 | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies/Joint Center Place Matters

Community Initiatives (CI) is a network of professionals and partner organizations dedicated to building healthy and whole communities. CI offers a wide range of coaching, consulting, training and facilitation services to help community-based organizations, coalitions and national networks produce collaborative strategies and better outcomes for communities.

Representatives from Community Initiatives provide a demonstration of their Community Commons website, which features a plethora of resources including, 7000 layers of GIS mapping data, social media capabilities, opportunities for dialogue and much more.

This purpose of this Webinar is to:


Brian Smedley, PhD
Vice President and Director
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health Policy Institute
Washington, DC




    Monte Roulier
    Co-Founder and President
    Community Initiatives
    Columbia, MO

    Monte RoulierMonte Roulier is Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives (CI), a network of professionals and partner organizations dedicated to building healthy and whole communities.

    Serving as a coach, consultant, and facilitator, he helps a wide range of organizations, including multi-sector collaborations and national initiatives, to improve the health of our social, economic and physical environments. Monte brings expertise in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, board governance, and community and organizational development to these initiatives. The use of dialogue-based techniques to support high-trust relationships and innovative solutions is core to his approach.

    Monte helped lead the development of Workforce Engage(TM), a web-based solution for measuring and sustaining employee engagement, later joining the national healthcare informatics firm that acquired it. Serving as the Director of Client Education and Training, he has worked with several leading healthcare organizations to use feedback systems and quality metrics to improve employee and patient experience and clinical outcomes.

    Prior to CI, Monte served as the Senior Community Advisor at the National Civic League (NCL), America’s oldest advocacy organization for citizen democracy and political reform. While at NCL, Monte led its nationally recognized Healthy Communities Program.

    Monte also served as President of Service Adventures, Incorporated (SAI), a business that combined volunteerism, education, and sustainable development. While at SAI, he helped form teams of interdisciplinary specialists who joined with international volunteers to establish several key National Parks and Protected Area systems in Russia and Central Asia. Monte co-led a National Geographic sponsored team of scientists and volunteers that discovered and measured the world's longest dinosaur footprint track-way, which was found in northern Turkmenistan. During his time in Central Asia, he was a member of the Save the Children team that initiated the successful micro-credit banking system in Tajikistan.

    Monte was a founding board member and chair of the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH). He currently serves on the advisory board of the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI). In addition to his work at the national level, he is also a volunteer board member and advisor to two organizations in his community, the Youzeum and the PedNet Coalition.

    Monte is a graduate of DePauw University with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications, and studied Political Science/Economics at Oxford University, England. He lives in Columbia, MO with his wife and three children. (

    Roxanne Medina-Fulcher
    Director of Operations and Training
    Community Initiatives
    Columbia, MO

    Roxanne Medina-FulcherRoxanne Medina-Fulcher brings a diverse background in facilitation, community organization, program development, community indicator development, poverty law and nonprofit management experience. Roxanne, a founding partner in the development of Community Issues Management (CIM), integrates her understanding and experience in decision support technologies to provide facilitated tool design and training expertise to organizations, networks and communities seeking to use similar technologies to enhance their work.

    Roxanne most recently served as Senior Vice President of Community Building at Trident United Way, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problems facing individuals and families in South Carolina's Low Country. In that role, Roxanne provided strategic direction and oversaw the development and implementation of the United Way’s Community Investment Process and guided community and program data collection for decision support and to demonstrate Trident United Way’s impact on the Charleston community. Roxanne has worked with United Way organizations since January 2004 having also served as Regional Director of Community Investment Strategies, United Way for Southeastern Michigan in Detroit, Michigan.

    Prior to joining United Way, as Director of Programs for the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Roxanne provided program development and training to enhance women’s giving around the country. Roxanne also practiced poverty law in Detroit MI at Legal Aid and Defender Association where she held the position of managing attorney. Roxanne received a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law and her Bachelors of Science in Political Science/Economics from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

    Roxanne currently lives in Columbia, MO with her husband and four children. (

    Christopher Fulcher, PhD
    Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES)
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO

    Christopher Fulcher, PhDChristopher Fulcher, PhD Co-Directs the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. Chris’ applied research focuses on developing and implementing social innovations for strategic planning and decision support. His systems-based approach to decision making enables local, state, national and international public and nonprofit sector organizations to effectively address social issues using unique collaborative management systems. Chris and his team integrate emerging computer technologies including geographic information systems, data visualization, community engagement tools and Internet accessibility to better serve vulnerable and underserved populations. These web-based technologies help organizations and policy makers make more informed decisions about access, equity, and allocation of resources. Chris received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1984 and his M.S. in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri in 1996. In 2005 Chris completed his National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics. He serves as a faculty member in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. (

    Tyler Norris, MDiv
    Senior Advisor
    Kaiser Permanente
    Advancing the Movement

    Tyler Norris, MDivTyler Norris, MDiv is a social entrepreneur, and a trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have included work with over 350 communities and with scores of organizations in the US and around the world. Currently, his primary work is as Senior Advisor to Kaiser Permanente. He was the founding Director of the Convergence Partnership and other formative bodies in the healthy communities movement. He also serves as a strategic advisor to Ascension Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America. He is Board Chair of IP3, Head Coach for the YMCA of the USA's healthy community programs, and Senior Fellow of the Public Health Institute. Tyler convenes Advancing the Movement which recently launched He is a parent of two teens, an avid mountain biker, backcountry skier and pilot.


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakersí presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Webinar #9 Presentation Slides

Community Commons


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