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October 2013

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In This Issue

  • October 15th Training Opportunity: Building Community Resource Networks
  • Fall Conference Follow-Up
  • SPF SIG Website – New Resources
  • Coalition Survey Wrap-Up
  • Request to Project Directors

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

The Community Prevention Support Team created a training track catered to your needs and requests that will span over the next 9 months. In an effort to make the training available to everyone, we are inviting other prevention grantees to attend. We also hope that you will forward along invitations to partners, coalition members, and colleagues within your agency as applicable. These trainings aim to provide material that will assist community-level efforts in sustainability and implementation. 

The kickoff in this series of trainings, “Sustaining Your Momentum with Existing Community Resources,” co-facilitated by Paula Feathers and Sylvan Robb, took place at the September grantee meeting in Anchorage. The next training will take place Tuesday,  October 15th, when Agnew::Beck team members Karen Benning and Thea Agnew Bemben explore Building Community Resource Networks, which will build on some of the concepts presented the at the September session. They’ll talk about ways to think about expanding your resources to sustain community efforts. More than money, sustaining your momentum means thinking in new ways about ways to get the work done, continue to achieve results, and improve the community over the long term.

Please feel free to invite staff, coalition members who may not have received this notice, or other State grantees that might be interested.

Next month on Tuesday, November 19, Sylvan Robb will offer Preparing Your Coalition for Sustainability. This training will help you think about factors such as coalition structure, practices, and resources to support your long-term goals. Look for a calendar invitation in the coming weeks.

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Fall Conference Follow-Up

Thanks to SPF SIG grantees for bringing coalition members to this year’s conference, and for actively participating in all of the sessions with excellent questions and great feedback. We hope it was as valuable for you as it was for all of us. Special kudos to Nome, Homer, and Wrangell-Petersburg for volunteering to present as part of the grantee showcase! It was great hearing about the progress taking place in those communities and the creative ideas moving their projects forward. Thanks to the State for making sure everything came together so well, and for bringing us sessions that are sure to help all prevention grantees working toward long-term, community-level goals.

At the SPF SIG breakout session, grantees were given information about reporting and evaluation timelines, as well as a draft of training opportunities to be offered over the remainder of the grant period. Since that time we have been working hard on putting the finishing touches on offerings and dates, and will be sending that out to grantees soon. It will also be posted on the SPF SIG website.

Also, as Diane Casto noted at the conference, the next Comprehensive Behavioral Health Prevention & Early Intervention Services Grant RFP is estimated for release in mid-January, with an anticipated application deadline in mid-March. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

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SPF SIG Website – New Resources

The team at Agnew::Beck has been working hard to update the SPF SIG website with useful resources. Newly added materials include handouts from Paula Feathers and Sylvan Robb’s presentation from the Fall Conference. To view their handout, click here. Under the Tools & Resources tab of the website we are adding new tools each week.

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Coalition Survey Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who filled out the coalition survey. It is a vital tool for the State Evaluation Team and can also help you see how far your coalition has come in the past two years. Congratulations to the winners of the $50 Amazon gift cards:

  • Richard Rhodes from Wrangell
  • Bernard Gatewood from Fairbanks
  • Henry Novak from Kenai
  • Marjorie Tahbone from Nome
  • William Martin from Juneau
  • Cherie Larsen from Yakutat

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A Request to Project Directors

Please feel free to send along any information or pictures that you would like to share in the next newsletter to Agnew::Beck. For items to go into the November newsletter, please send us news items or photos by Thursday, October 31. We appreciate your contributions!

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