Report: How Family Peer Support Specialists Help Families Navigate Iowa’s School System

Friday, June 14, 2024
In a new report, Carol Coohey and Carrie Means of the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative describe how Family Peer Support Specialists help families navigate Iowa’s school system. Family Peer Support Specialists provide a bridge between parents and schools so children with behavioral and educational challenges can get what they need.

Landsman Awarded Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

Monday, April 22, 2024
Prof. Miriam Landsman, executive director of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, was awarded a Hancher-Finkbine Medallion on April 16 at the 107th Finkbine Dinner Celebration.
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Peer Support Worker Supervision and Retention Report Released

Thursday, March 7, 2024
In this report by Carol Coohey, Abigail Heaton, Kellee Thorburn McCrory, and Miriam J. Landsman, peer supervisors talk about what they believe peer workers need and what supervisors need to know to supervise peer workers.

NAMI Iowa 2024 Mental Health Day on the Hill

Monday, January 29, 2024
The Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative’s program manager, Kellee Thorburn McCrory, was a panelist at NAMI Iowa’s 2024 Mental Health Day on the Hill February 20, 2024, in Des Moines.

Coohey Receives Iowa Peer Workforce Study Grant

Friday, December 22, 2023
NRC Research Scientist Carol Coohey received a $75,000 grant in July 2023 from the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) to study peer and employer challenges in diverse Iowa communities that will support and grow a skilled, integrated, and recovery-oriented peer workforce.

Coohey and Landsman Present at CSWE Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Carol Coohey and Miriam Landsman presented the results of an evaluation of a suicide intervention skill training program at the Council on Social Work Education's Annual Meeting in October 2022. This quasi-experiment found that students completing a suicide-specific intervention skills course demonstrated stronger skills and greater confidence in applying these skills than students who completed a skills course without suicide-specific content. 

Gao Presents at AEA Annual Conference

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
NRC staff member Sherry Gao presented at the 2022 American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference on Friday, November 11, 2022. The presentation covered a meta-analysis regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted students’ learning motivation and academic achievement, with school closures and a shift from face-to-face learning to remote learning.

Peer Workforce Collaborative Featured in State Newsletter

Monday, April 25, 2022
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. 

Research Staff Presents at Nutrition Incentive Hub Convening

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
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.

Coohey and Landsman Named ICSMH Faculty Research Affiliates

School of Social Work Professors Carol Coohey and Miriam Landsman have been named faculty research affiliates at the new Iowa Center on School Mental Health (ICSMH). A partnership between the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education, the ICSMH will expand support for mental health to Pre-K-12 educators and schools across the state.