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  • Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition Legislative Reception

    Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition Legislative Reception

    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:

    Date To Expire: 6/1/2014 1:45 PM

  • New Webinar on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    Date: March 20, 2014

    New Webinar on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    OMNI’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: 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:

    Date To Expire: 5/1/2014 1:40 PM

  • Congratulations to the Newest Member of the Mayor's Denver Drug Strategies Commission

    Congratulations to The Newest Member of the Mayor's Denver Drug Strategies Commission

    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.

    Date To Expire: 6/1/2014 1:35 PM

  • Mental Health First Aid Certification

    Mental Health First Aid Certification

    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:,148749. For more information about MHFA training, please see:

    Date To Expire: 5/1/2014 1:25 PM

  • New Publication in Journal of Learning Design

    Date: October 12th, 2013

    New Publication in Journal of Learning Design

    Congratulations 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.

    Date To Expire: 5/1/2014 1:20 PM

  • 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).

    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.

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