After getting to know more about Urban Alliance’s work and impact in Greater Hartford, Jeff Vanderploeg was excited to step in as a new member on Urban Alliance’s Board of Directors.
“I have a great admiration for the leadership and the theory of change practiced at UA, combining direct support with capacity building within and among churches as a way to enhance their impact,” he shared.
“It’s a model that I know is effective so it’s exciting to see that approach at work in the Christian community as well.”
Vanderploeg is the President and CEO of the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), a non-profit organization whose work is focused in the areas of children’s health and mental health care.
“We aim to create, embed, and sustain innovations and effective practices by working at the policy, system, and practice levels,” he explained. “Even though we don’t provide direct health and mental health care, we directly support those who do. I see many similarities between my work and the work taking place at UA.”
Vanderploeg’s expertise in health and mental health care, training and capacity building, implementation science, data analysis and reporting will be instrumental for Urban Alliance.
In addition to his service on the UA Board of Directors and his successful professional career, Vanderploeg and his wife are parents to two young children. They enjoy traveling together and have visited many parts of the world, with plans to visit many more.
“I am excited to share UA’s work with my children and give them the opportunity to use their abilities to further God’s kingdom through service,” he shared.
The Vanderploegs are members at Calvary Fellowship in West Hartford, where Jeff also volunteers with the Sunday school program.
Please join us in welcoming Jeff Vanderploeg to the Urban Alliance Board of Directors!

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