- On April 16, 2014, the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition (COSC) held a legislative reception to promote dialogue about partnership opportunities between outdoor volunteer stewardship organizations and public land management agencies. This reception also marked the release of COSC’s newest report, “Caring for Colorado Public Lands: A Statewide Assessment to Inform Partnerships between Public Land Management Agencies and Volunteer Stewardship Organizations,” prepared by OMNI Institute. To see the report, please access: http://www.voc.org/publications-reports.
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Date: March 20, 2014OMNI’s Jean Denious, PhD, co-presented the following Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention webinar with Meg Williams of the Division of Criminal Justice for a national audience on March 20, 2014. Catch the archived webinar on “Evaluation in Action: Lessons Learned from Colorado’s Juvenile Diversion Program” at: https://www.nttac.org/index.cfm?event=trainingCenter.traininginfo&eventID=586&from=training&dtab=0. The webinar was sponsored by JRSA (Justice Research and Statistics Association) and NJJEC (National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center). For a summary of the evaluation and results, see the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center newsletter at: http://www.jrsa.org/njjec/newsletters/njjec-bulletin-january2014.pdf.
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- Congratulations to OMNI’s Katie Page, MPH, who was appointed to the Mayor’s Denver Drug Strategies Commission! She was recently elected by commission members to co-chair the data subcommittee with Regina Huerter, Manager of Safety Office, Crime Prevention and Control Commission.
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- OMNI’s Regional Prevention Services project, funded by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, has staff certified by the National Council on Community Behavioral Healthcare to provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. MHFA provides skills to empower individuals to help community members who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. OMNI staff member, Mandy McCullen’s recent MHFA training in Littleton was captured in this article: http://littletonindependent.net/stories/Class-tackles-mental-health-issues,148749. For more information about MHFA training, please see: https://protect.omni.org/sites/rpsco/Pages/MHFA.aspx.
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- Please check out “Why is screening and brief Intervention for alcohol in healthcare not yet standard practice? The role of evaluation in understanding SBI adoption,” a new blog article written by OMNI’s Melissa Richmond, PhD, available at SBIRT Colorado’s website: http://improvinghealthcolorado.org/evaluation-supporting-sbi/.
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Date: October 12th, 2013Congratulations to OMNI’s Emily Love, PhD, on her recent publication in a special issue of the Journal of Learning Design, with Debra Flanders Cushing of the Queensland University of Technology! Catch their article, “Developing cultural responsiveness in environmental design students through digital storytelling and photovoice,” vol. 6, no. 3, 2013, pp. 63-74.
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Date: October 8th-10th 2013OMNI staff, Emily Love, PhD, and Amber Murray, MA, were in attendance at the Colorado Watersheds Conference in Avon, Colorado from October 8th-10th 2013. OMNI Institute also had an exhibit at the conference.
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Date: October 8-16, 2013OMNI 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: September 13, 2013Thank 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
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Date: September 18-20, 2013Congratulations 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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