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NCMA Woodlawn Chapter Celebrates the National NCMA Silver Chapter Excellence Award

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, representatives of the NCMA Woodlawn Chapter Board accepted the Silver Chapter Excellence Award at the NCMA National Awards Ceremony.  Accepting the award from NCMA National leadership on behalf of the Chapter are Vice President Dorothy Callahan and Secretary Marcia DeFalco.  

This is the first time the Chapter has received this award. Suzanne Charleston, NCMA Woodlawn Chapter President, “The NCMA Woodlawn chapter continues to grow and serve our membership  and the community thanks everyone for the hard work and dedication put into the chapter.”  

The Woodlawn Chapter has an active Board with members representing both government and industry on various committees.  Winning this award was not easy. The Woodlawn Chapter sought out specific goals it wanted to accomplish in the 2017/2018 program year.  Paramount to each of the goals was to seek consistency, sustainability and to scale to the needs of Chapter members.  Major accomplishments included expanding the Lunch and Learn programs to feature government led panel speakers on contracting related topics.  In addition, each Lunch and Learn program leads off with a senior government program leader to provide a program overview.

Leaders from large Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs covering program integrity, Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program, ReImagine HHS Acquisitions Buy Smarter Initiative, and emerging technologies, like Blockchain, have participated.  As a result, the value to members has enhanced significantly, driving the 12% growth in membership this year. The bi-monthly Lunch and Learn programs attracts 150 -200 attendees on average and the bi-monthly networking events draw a crowd of 75+ people.

The success of this year’s programs also included an inaugural small business education event created to bring together proven large contractors at CMS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to educate the small business community.  The event sparked participation by the CMS and SSA small business offices and attracted 16 large business sponsorships and over 125 small business participants, featuring timed stations at each table to match large businesses to interested small businesses. The participants – both sponsors and small businesses - in the survey feedback overwhelming agreed to make this an annual event.

The Chapter also set out to establish a charity event to give back to the local community. The criterion for the charity was a local health focused organization, and unanimously the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore (RMH) was selected. Together, the Woodlawn Chapter and RMH partnered to make the July networking event at Nottingham’s in Columbia, Maryland a success. The Chapter was pleased to award a donation of $1,800 to the RMH .

Many other activities including the committees overseeing the executive board, programming, communications, financial operations, small business outreach, and sponsorships keep the chapter running smoothly, and all contributed to the accomplishments the National Chapter admired to present the Silver Chapter Excellence Award to the Woodlawn Chapter.

Congratulations to the Chapter and all its members and participants! We look forward to another Year of Excellence in 2019!