Arrowhead Work Groups


Overall Purpose

The primary role of the Data Work Group is to develop a process to review and collect data, create the outline for focus groups, and develop a recommendation process.

Primary Tasks

The Data Work Group will oversee the following tasks:

  • Identify focus group topics and create the focus group scripts.
  • Assist in identifying focus group participants from the Arrowhead region.
  • Review and analyze data collected from focus groups such as trends, best practices, and gaps in services.
  • Develop a process on how to share data collected from the focus groups and identify who to share it with.
  • Develop a recommendation process to address identified areas of need from focus group data.
  • Collaborate with council members, community and family members, and other key stakeholders

Members: Michelle Mcdonald, Kristie Buchman, Kate Wallin, Meghan Terella, Olivia Bonander, Ann Dahl


Overall Purpose

The primary role of the Quality Improvement Work Group is to assist in the development and oversight of Quality Improvement projects that promote person-centered practices and quality services in the community.

Primary Tasks

The Quality Improvement Work Group will oversee the following tasks:

  • Review data and trends from Person Centered Quality Reviews, focus groups, listening sessions, and informational interviews to establish a process in which the end goal is to improve the quality of services in the Arrowhead region. The group will share data results and recommendations with the Council on at least a quarterly basis for feedback and input.
    • Other sources to incorporate information on quality of regional services from existing data:
      • Maltreatment and behavioral incident reports,
      • Lead agency waiver reviews,
      • Gaps analysis study results,
      • National Core Indicators Survey results and
      • Olmstead Quality of Life Survey results
  • Identify resources and best practices that promote higher quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
  • Establish regional priorities for quality improvement projects.
  • Develop a system to foster collaboration and address training needs for all stakeholders.
  • Respond to barriers, issues and service gaps.
  • Bring ideas for systems level changes to be brought to the appropriate governing body.
  • Review and approve grant applications to community organizations and/or individuals to support quality improvement training or projects that will assist in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Members: Becky Jakubek, Meghan Terella, Kristie Buchman, Kate Wallin, Josh Howie