OACB provides members with a wealth of useful information on a wide variety of topics affecting the operations of county boards. The majority of this information is delivered via email through one of the association’s several e-publications, which include the following:
- OACB Insider: General, system-wide updates and news clips from all 88 county boards.
- OACB PolicyBrief: Comprehensive policy analysis and calls to action on state and federal government issues for county board members, superintendents, and staff managers.
- To request a subscription to PolicyBrief, please e-mail Joe Russell, Policy and Advocacy Director, at email@example.com.
- Community Connections: A specialized publication targeting staff members and private provider partners whose primary focus is growing community-integrated services.
- To request a subscription to Community Connections, please e-mail Scott Marks, Community Opportunities Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Good Life Reflections: A specialized publication targeting current participants and graduates of OACB’s Good Life Network trainings, as well as staff members who may not have participated but have expressed interest in Good Life trainings.
- To request a subscription to Good Life Reflections, please e-mail Pete Moore, Good Life Project Manager, at email@example.com.
Now more than ever, county boards must maintain positive working relationships with reporters and other media professionals in order to build awareness of the many services and supports offered in their communities. OACB staff members are available to help make connections, offer strategic guidance, and pitch stories to local newspapers, radio stations, and TV broadcasters to help members tell the public about their mission.
As human services agencies, county boards are more likely than other government agencies to find themselves in the harsh spotlight when people they support, board employees, or others who are publicly associated with the board are involved in a crisis. When reporters, elected officials, and family members are demanding answers, inboxes are overflowing, and the phone won’t stop ringing, OACB can help make sense of the chaos by offering fast, meaningful, strategic support at every stage of a crisis situation. Our goal is to help county boards ensure information can flow as quickly, accurately, and effectively as possible to all of their important stakeholder audiences when it matters most.
Marketing, Awareness, and Education
Since county boards have continued their gradual evolution away from being direct service providers, OACB has offered a growing variety of tools, skills, and strategies to help county boards ensure that the people they serve, the partners they work with, and the community members they depend on know that the board will always be there to fulfill their mission and support people with developmental disabilities.