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Peer Workforce Collaborative Featured in State Newsletter

The NRCFCP's Peer Workforce Collaborative project was featured  in the Iowa Department of Public Health's (IDPH) April 2022 Newsletter. The Peer Workforce Collaborative is a five-year grant with the goal of recruiting, screening, and training Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Peer Coaches in the state of Iowa. To qualify for training through the IPWC, a Peer must have lived experience with serious mental illness and be living  in recovery or for Peer Recovery Coach training, a peer must have lived experience of a substance use disorder and be living  in recovery. Training as a Peer Support Specialist consists of five days of training, provided by IPWC, to peers who meet the training criteria. A six-hour Ethics for Peer Support Specialists is also provided as a separate training. The Recovery Peer Coach training is provided by Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and is a 1-week, 30-hour online training. All training provided by IPWC is free to Peers in Iowa through our grant. For more information about the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative, please visit : https://www.iowa peersupporttraining.org/.

Research Staff Presents at Nutrition Incentive Hub Convening

NRCFCP staff Anne Abbott and Renee Ling presented at the 2022 Nutrition Incentive Hub National Convening on Wednesday January 19, 2022. Their presentation covered lessons learned from the NRCFCP's longstanding partnership with the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative's Double Up Food Bucks program. The presentation was a part of a panel discussion titled Demonstrating Impact: Getting the Most Out of Evaluation Efforts. Ms. Abbott is the Program Director for Public Health Evaluation at the NRCFCP and Ms. Ling is a Research Associate detailed to many of the center's evaluation and research projects.

NRCFCP Training Division Awarded $3M to Support Mental Health Peer Support in Iowa

The University of Iowa National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) at the School of Social Work, and the UI Department of Pediatrics Division of Child and Community Health, in partnership with Life Connections Peer Recovery Services of DeWitt, Iowa, have been awarded funding from the State of Iowa to support the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative—a project that will provide comprehensive training and coordination for the state’s Peer Support Specialists, Family Peer Support Specialists, and Recovery Peer Coaches and the organizations that employ them. The project aims to develop and support a skilled peer workforce to help address the mental health needs of Iowa residents, and to promote expanded employment opportunities for peers across the state.
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NRC Public Health Staff Present at Dissemination and Implementation Conference

NRC Public Health Team members Anne Abbott, Stephanie Momany and Sydney Tylke presented a poster at the 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health. The poster presentation, Evaluating Multi-Component Interventions for Childhood Obesity Using the Re-Aim Framework was based on the team's work conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of the the Iowa Department of Public Health's 5-2-1-0: Healthy Choices Count program in fiscal year 2019.

NRC and National Association of Social Workers Iowa Chapter Release Assessment of Iowa Social Work Labor Force

The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) at the University of Iowa has released a report based on an assessment of Iowa’s social work labor force: Meeting the Needs of Iowans Through the Services of Professional Social Workers. The study was conducted by NRCFCP and NASW-IA,  with support from Telligen Community Initiatives and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.
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NRC Announces New Capacity For Substance Abuse Disorder Research and Evaluation

The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) is excited to announce that the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research & Evaluation is now part of the NRCFCP.

NRC Directors Present on Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients

NRC Director Dr. Miriam Landsman and Training Director Lisa D’Aunno presented at the international conference, Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients, held May 23-25, 2018 in Prato, Italy. Their workshop, Child Welfare Supervision as a Key Strategy for Providing Effective Involuntary Services, based was on the National Resource Center’s extensive experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating training for supervisors of child welfare and family support programs.

Training Available to Support New Infant Mental Health Grants

SAMHSA has announced the availability of up to $23.4 million for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health grants.  The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services, including programs for infants and children at significant risk of developing, showing early signs of, or having been diagnosed with a mental illness, including a serious emotional disturbance (SED).
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D'Aunno Completes Listening Tour of Montana

NRC Training Director Lisa D’Aunno recently completed a 10-stop listening tour of Montana to assist the states’ Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) in their efforts to keep more children safely in their homes. During her time in “Big Sky Country”, D’Aunno engaged and collected feedback from stakeholders at public and private child welfare agencies.
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NRC Director Landsman Presents at International Social Work Conference

NRC Director Dr. Miriam Landsman presented at the European Association of Schools of Social Work conference in Paris, France, held June 26-29, 2017.  Her presentation was based on the development, implementation, and evaluation of an asynchronous online course on child welfare practice and policy.