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  • Colorado’s Student Perception Survey

    Date: October 8-16, 2013

    Colorado's Student Perception Survey

    OMNI Institute is pleased to be offering services to support the administration of Colorado’s Student Perception Survey for the 2013 – 2014 school year! To learn more, please register and attend one of our live informational webinars offered on October 8, 9, 15 and 16. Colorado’s Student Perception Survey (SPS) is a tool that asks students about their classroom experience. The survey can be used for students in grades 3-12, and measures different elements of the student experience that have been demonstrated by research to improve student outcomes. Results of the survey map on to Colorado’s Teacher Quality Standards, and can be used by teachers to understand how to continue to grow in the standards related to professional practice. In addition to supporting teacher performance, the SPS may also be used as a measure of teacher evaluation under Colorado’s education effectiveness law (also known as Senate Bill 191).

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    Date To Expire: 10/16/2013 8:25 PM

  • Region VIII Culture of Data Conference, September 13, 2013

    Date: September 13, 2013

    Region VIII Culture of Data Conference, September 13, 2013

    Thank you for attending the Cultivating Behavioral Health and Wellness in Our Communities, an annual conference of Region VIII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hosted by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Health! This year’s conference was co-organized with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and highlighted presentations from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, OMNI and others active in the field of behavioral health research, the profession and community advocacy.
    This year’s keynote speakers included RADM Peter Delany, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at SAMHSA, and Dr. Luis Vargas, Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, whose talk focused on “Toward an Understanding of the Cultural Context of Methods, Practice and Policy in the Provision of Culturally Responsive Interventions. The morning panel on “The Status of Colorado Behavioral Health Data Systems,” featured Stan Paprocki, Director of Early Intervention and Prevention at the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health; Allyson Shupe, PhD, MSW, Chief of Health Statistics at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Mimi McFaul, PsyD, Director of Mental Health Programs at the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education; Camille Harding, LPC, Manager of the Quality and Health Improvement Unit at the Coloado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
    OMNI President, Jim Adams-Berger, PhD, took part in the afternoon plenary, “Perspectives from the Community, Researchers, Behavioral Health Professionals,” moderated by Charles Smith, the SAMHSA representative for Region VIII, and with the following co-panelists:

    Meredith Silverstein, PhD, Director, Colorado Social Research Associates

    Deborah Ward-White, MS, Executive Director, Colorado Multiethnic Cultural Consortium

    Amanda Kearney Smith, LPC, CEO, Colorado Mental Health Network

    Tonya Wheeler, CAC-III, CEO, Advocates for Recovery

    Elissa Stein, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Services, Jefferson Center for Mental Health

    In addition, OMNI had an exhibit at the one-day conference, staffed by Joy Collins, MSS, Tirshana Regmi, and Maddie Frost. Suzanne Kennedy Leahy, PhD, served as a member of the Culture of Data 2013 Planning Committee.

    Date To Expire: 9/21/2013 9:05 PM

  • Public Health in the Rockies, September 18-20, 2013, Breckenridge

    Date: September 18-20, 2013

    Public Health in the Rockies, September 18-20, 2013, Breckenridge

    Congratulations to Rita Beam, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Perinatal Services at Tri-County Health Department and staff members, Alexa Cares, MPH, and Maddie Frost, for their presentation on preconception health perspectives and behaviors among young Asian women at the Colorado Public Health Association’s annual conference! Other staff members in attendance at the CPHA’s conference included Katie Page, MPH.

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    Date To Expire: 9/21/2013 8:50 PM

  • Colorado Nonprofit Association Annual Meeting, October 7-8, 2013, Denver

    Date: October 7-8 2013

    Colorado Nonprofit Association Annual Meeting, October 7-8, 2013, Denver

    We hope to see you at CNA’s annual meeting Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street! Please stop by our exhibit table to learn more about OMNI’s technology solutions and other services. Visit with staff members: Jen Shepherd, PhD, manager of OMNI’s data dashboard initiative and a lead evaluator on many OMNI projects; Jill Francke, MPP, a manager of OMNI’s Portal initiative; Roarke Pulcino, gold-certified in Efforts to Outcomes by Social Solutions and a Portal developer.

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    Date To Expire: 10/8/2013 8:40 PM

  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association, October 16-19, 2013, Phoenix

    Date: October 16-19 2013

    Employee Assistance Professionals Association, October 16-19, 2013, Phoenix

    OMNI staff member, Melissa Richmond, PhD, will present with Christopher Knoepke, MSW, LSW, the Employee Assistance/Workplace Programs Coordinator at Peer Assistance Services, Inc. and Caitlin Kozicki, LPC, CEAP, Employee Assistance/Workplace Programs Director at Peer Assistance Services, Inc. and President of the Colorado Chapter of EAPA. For more information on EAPA, visit http://www.eapassn.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=495.

    Presentation abstract: Unrecognized substance use and mental health problems expose employers to unnecessary costs for health insurance and lost productivity. To address this, EAPA endorsed Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) as a standard of practice. By adapting this evidence-based model for use in EAPs, employees receive assistance before these problems jeopardize their health or employment. This presentation will describe the process of implementing SBI into a traditional EAP, as well as evidence of improved recognition of issues among employee-clients. Attendees will gain competence in the use of these delivery programs and learn accurate estimates of prevalence of common problems in EAP practice.

    For more information about this year's conference visit: http://www.eapassn.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3608

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    Date To Expire: 10/19/2013 8:30 PM

  • Prevention Matters! Dimensions of PREVENTION, October 16-17, 2013

    Date: October 16-17 2013

    Prevention Matters! Dimensions of PREVENTION, October 16-17, 2013

    Join OMNI staff at the Biennial Community Prevention Provider Professional Development Training of the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health! Workshop topics will address Adverse Childhood Experiences, Prescription Drug Use Trends in Colorado, Transition-Age Youth, Screening and Brief Intervention, among many others. Come meet your OMNI Regional Prevention Consultant and visit our exhibit table to learn more about OMNI’s work in prevention and LinkingCare.org.

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    Date To Expire: 10/17/2013 8:20 PM

  • Save-the-Date: Progress & Possibilities in Early Childhood, November 20, 2013

    Date: November 20, 2013

    Save-the-Date: Progress & Possibilities in Early Childhood, November 20, 2013

    OMNI President, Jim Adams-Berger, PhD, will join Jennifer Schroeder from The Implementation Group and Meg Franko from the Butler Institute at the University of Denver todiscuss Implementation Science and Systems Evaluation. Specifically, Jim was invited to speak about OMNI’s recent early childhood systems evaluation work. This event is sponsored by the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership.

    Section: General, Evaluation Research, OMNI in the Community

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    Date To Expire: 11/20/2013 8:15 PM

  • American Evaluation Association, October 16-19, 2013

    Date: October 16-19, 2013

    American Evaluation Association, October 16-19, 2013

    OMNI staff and partners are selected to present at the American Evaluation Association’s annual meeting in October 2013! OMNI staff members will participate in paper panel on Multi-racial Youth Engagement in Primary Care, Binge Drinking and Social Marketing Evaluations and a roundtable on Building Capacity to Determine Whether Environmental Strategies to Prevent Substance Use are Being Implemented With Fidelity.

    Staff members April Hendrickson, MA, and Alex Clay will present, "Incorporating Innovative Data Collection and Presentation Methods into State- and Community-Level Education."

    Amber Murray, MA, and Katie Page, MPH, will co-present "Engaging Youth in the Creation and Evaluation of Social Marketing Campaigns” with Beckah Terlouw of Adams County Prevention Partnernship and Tony LaComb of Pueblo Alliance for Healthy Teens.

    April Hendrickson, MA, and Amber Murray, MA, will facilitate a roundtable discussion, “Building Capacity to Determine Whether Environmental Strategies to Prevent Substance Use are Being Implemented with Fidelity.”

    For more information about the conference, program and session abstract, please see: http://www.eval.org/Evaluation2013

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    Date To Expire: 10/19/2013 9:30 PM

  • Co-Sponsorship of CCJRC's Annual Event and Award

    Co-Sponsorship of CCJRC's Annual Event and Award

    OMNI joins other sponsors of Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) annual event on September 26th to honor this year’s Rupert-Tate Game Changer awardee, Mesa County’s One Less project, and to pay tribute to two leaders in Colorado criminal justice reform, Reverend Dr. Elaine Smith and Colorado Department of Corrections Director, Tom Clements. CCJRC’s mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. This year, it is recognizing a Mesa County program for its efforts to reduce the Mesa County jail population, recidivism and incarceration costs.

    Date To Expire: 7/31/2013 12:10 PM

  • Register for SAPST Training

    Date: October 1-3, 2013

    Register for SAPST Training

    October 1-3 in Cripple Creek
    The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is designed to provide an understanding of the discipline of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATOD) prevention, as it relates to communities, providers and volunteers. This is a fun and interactive training that focuses on practical application and is geard towards professional prevention providers. For Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) Registration and schedules visit: http://collaboration.omni.org/sites/sapst/pages/home.aspx

    Date To Expire: 9/26/2013 12:00 PM