News and Events

  • Manuscript accepted for publication in Family Process

    Date: October 2014

    Manuscript accepted for publication in Family Process

    We are pleased to share that Pallavi Visvanthan, PhD, Melissa Richmond, PhD, and Chandra Winder, MPA, along with their co-author Cynthia Hoskins Koenck, BA, CEAP, CPS II, from Peer Assistance Services, Inc., had a manuscript recently accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Family Process. The manuscript discusses findings from the evaluation of the Healthy Relationships Program that served individuals from diverse backgrounds in community-based settings. Pre-post analyses indicated that the program was beneficial. Single participants reported increased belief in ability to obtain healthy relationships and partnered individuals reported increased relationship quality, relationship confidence, and reduced conflict. Regardless of relationship status, participants also reported improvement in general relationship and communication skills.

    Visvanathan, P., Richmond, M., Winder, C., & Hoskins Koenck, C. (in press). Individual-oriented relationship education: An evaluation study in community-based settings. Family Process.

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    Date To Expire: 12/31/2014 9:05 AM

  • Presentation at the 2014 Annual EAPA World Conference in Orlando Florida

    Date: September 30, 2014

    Presentation at the 2014 Annual EAPA World Conference in Orlando Florida

    On September 30th, Melissa Richmond, PhD, will present at the annual Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) conference. Melissa will present preliminary findings from OMNI's Demonstrating the Impact of EAP Services on Workplace Outcomes study, funded by the Employee Assistance Research Foundation. Melissa will co-present with Randi Wood, LCW, CEAP, Director of the Colorado State EAP; Bernie McCann, PhD, CEAP, Development Consultant for the Employee Assistance Research Foundation; and Elizabeth Merrick, PhD, MSW, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health, Brandeis University, and Chair of the Research Committee for the Employee Assistance Research Foundation. For more information about the conference, please see http://issuu.com/eapa/docs/2014_on-site_brochure/0.

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    Date To Expire: 10/1/2014 9:15 AM

  • Evaluation Trainings with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    Date: Fall 2014

    Evaluation Trainings with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    OMNI has partnered with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to facilitate a series of three evaluation trainings for the Water Education Network beginning in the fall of 2014. The evaluation series will be tailored to member needs and will utilize a hands-on approach designed to help participants do evaluation as they are deepening their evaluation knowledge and skill base. Specifically, OMNI evaluation staff will work with participants to explore the value of evaluation and its connection with programming; learn about evaluation methods and data analysis; develop (or refine) an evaluation plan; and work on reporting to constituents and funders.

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  • Presentations at the 2014 Annual American Evaluation Association Conference in Denver Colorado

    Date: October 2014

    Presentations at the 2014 Annual American Evaluation Association Conference in Denver Colorado

    The American Evaluation Association annual meeting is coming to Denver this year and OMNI is pleased to share our work through several presentations! Holen Hirsh, Anthony Molieri and Melissa Richmond will be partnering with Colorado Humanities to present lessons learned from an ongoing research study designed to measure the efficacy of the Motheread/Fatheread Colorado Program in a talk titled Evaluating a Community-Based Colorado Early Literacy Program Using an Experimental Design. Emily Love, Amber Murray, Mandi Strickland and Flavia Zarcula will be presenting findings from a research effort aimed at understanding youth and parent’s ideas about Colorado’s new marijuana legislation in a talk titled Colorado's Marijuana Policy Experiment: Adolescent and Parent Views on Legalization and Use Trends.

    AEA Presentation References: Hirsh, H.K., Jones, J., Smiles, K.F., Molieri, A., & Richmond, M. (2014). Evaluating a Community-Based Colorado Early Literacy Program Using an Experimental Design. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

    Love, E., Murray, A., Strickland, M., & Zarcula, F. (2014). Colorado's marijuana policy experiment: Adolescent and parent views on legalization and use trends. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, October 2014, in Denver, Colorado.

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  • Presentation at the 2014 Annual NPN Conference in Harford Connecticut

    Date: September 2014

    Presentation at the 2014 Annual NPN Conference in Harford Connecticut

    OMNI staff Flavia Zarcula and Lindsey Moore traveled to the National Prevention Network conference in Hartford, Connecticut to present findings about youth and parent perspectives related to Colorado’s marijuana legislation.

    Zarcula. F. & Moore, L. (2014). Youth and parent perceptions of the legal and health impacts of marijuana use and marijuana legislation in Colorado. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Prevention Network, September 2014, in Hartford, Connecticut.

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  • Presentations at the 2014 Annual Public Health in the Rockies Conference in Fort Collins Colorado

    Date: September 2014

    Presentations at the 2014 Annual Public Health in the Rockies Conference in Fort Collins Colorado

    OMNI is excited to be a sponsor of the 2014 Public Health in the Rockies conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. In conference presentations and through sharing materials at our conference booth, OMNI is able to highlight the local and national evaluation work that our staff are engaged in. We will be sharing three presentations this year:

    Love, E., Murray, A. & Hirsh, H. (2014). Colorado's marijuana policy experiment: Perspectives from adolescents and parents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Public Health in the Rockies, September 2014, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Hirsh, H. & Love, E. (2014). Developing infrastructure for adolescent marijuana prevention efforts: The critical role of systematic screening and brief intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Public Health in the Rockies, September 2014, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Love, E., Cares, A., & Beam R. (2014). Addressing a low birth-weight disparity: Community dialogues with Asian Pacific Islander women to inform future prevention and intervention efforts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Public Health in the Rockies, September 2014, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Date To Expire: 12/31/2014 9:15 AM

  • Presentation at NAPSA Conference

    Date: September 2014

    Presentation at NAPSA Conference

    OMNI’s Jean Denious, PhD, will be presenting with Meg Williams from the Division of Criminal Justice on “Colorado’s State Funded Juvenile Diversion Program: Past and Current Trends,” at the National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (NAPSA) Conference in Denver, CO in September 2014. For more information about NAPSA, please see www.napsa.org.

    Date To Expire: 9/30/2014 1:55 PM

  • New Publication in Substance Abuse

    New Publication in Substance Abuse

    Congratulations to Alexa Cares, MPH, and Jean Denious, PhD, of OMNI Institute, along with co-authors Elizabeth Pace, the Executive Director of Peer Assistance Services, and Lori Crane from the University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Health, who have had “Substance Use and Mental Illness Among Nurses: Workplace Warning Signs and Barriers to Seeking Assistance” accepted for publication in Substance Abuse, the official journal of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA).

    Date To Expire: 5/1/2014 1:50 PM

  • Congratulations on Completion of Fellowship

    Congratulations on Completion of Fellowship

    Please join us in congratulating Anu Atre, OMNI’s 2013-14 Colorado College Public Interest Fellow! After completing her year-long fellowship at OMNI Institute, Ms. Atre will be joining the International Rescue Committee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a year-long position in their grants and program unit. We wish Ms. Atre continued success in pursuing her professional career in humanitarian work! Thank you for year of service with OMNI! For more information about Colorado College’s fellowship program, please see: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/publicinterest/.

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  • Presentation at Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference

    Presentation at Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference

    On May 15th, Jean Denious, PhD, co-presented “Evaluation of Juvenile Diversion in Colorado – What Have We Learned?” with Meg Williams of the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice at the 2014 Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference. For more information about the conference, please see: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/Program.cfm?Program=45.

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