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WSU CEI System of Care team joined with their KDADS partner at Exploration Place to welcome youth from across the state
WSU CEI System of Care team joined with their KDADS partner at Exploration Place to welcome youth from across the state.

On September 28th, the WSU Community Engagement Institute System of Care team joined with their Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) partner at Exploration Place...

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CEI Helps KDADS Innovate New Ways to Train Certified Peer Support Specialists
CEI Helps KDADS Innovate New Ways to Train Certified Peer Support Specialists

Certified Peer Support is a vital component in consumer determined care. It ensures that people with mental health experiences have the option to receive services from peers with similar...

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The Second Annual Kansas Prevention Conference was a success!
The Second Annual Kansas Prevention Conference was a success!

Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute supported the Second Annual Kansas Prevention Conferencethat took place October 1 – 3, 2019. The Conference welcomed 179 attendees in...

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WSU VISTAs treat firefighters to donuts on 9/11 Day of Service
WSU VISTAs treat firefighters to donuts on 9/11 Day of Service

In recognition of 9/11 WSU VISTA Fellows delivered donuts and coffee to Fire Stations 1, 2, and 10 for their Day of Service project. The VISTA’s (Volunteers In Service To America) wanted to do...

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Kansas Health Foundation and CEI Coordinate
The Kansas Health Foundation and CEI Coordinate a Convening Supporting Tobacco Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health Initiative

The Kansas Health Foundation recently announced a second phase for the tobacco treatment and recovery in behavioral health initiative, where 7 organizations were chosen to continue their...

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4th Annual Symposium
Community Health Workers Hold 4th Annual Symposium

On June 11, 2019, 123 Community Health Workers (CHWs), Promotoras(es) de Salud (PdS), academicians, healthcare partners, a variety of state agencies...

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The Grid For Humanity
CEI’s Strategic Communications Initiatives Helps Launch The Grid Online

The Community Engagement Institute’s Strategic Communication Initiatives recently wrapped up an exciting project with The Grid for Humanity, a 12-step based program for...

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The 2019 Kansas Recovery Conference
The 2019 Kansas Recovery Conference Recently Held in Wichita, Kansas

The Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc. held the 2019 Kansas Recovery Conference, June 11-12th, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas, with support provided from...

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HCI:HE HEALTH IN ACTION.

What's inside this issue:
Featured resource links
Event recap: RWJF life in rural America symposium
Experimenting with food access and place-based work
Equity & inclusion: we can't address if if we don't see it...

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Second Annual Prevention Conference
The Global Journal of Community Psychology and Practice is Awarded the Don Klein Publication Award

Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is excited to announce that the Global Journal of Community Psychology and Practice...

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Second Annual Prevention Conference
Second Annual Prevention Conference to be Held This October

The Prevention Initiatives team will be hosting the 2nd annual Kansas Prevention Conference. The conference will be October 1-3, 2019 at the Wichita...

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PreventionTalKS Launches New Monthly Podcast
PreventionTalKS Launches New Monthly Podcast

PreventionTalKS was developed by a group of prevention-minded professionals seeking to provide an opportunity for community coalitions and other...

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CEI Partners with Oral Health Kansas
CEI Partners with Oral Health Kansas to Create Multi-Year Strategic Plan

Over the course of 14 months, WSU CEI partnered with Oral Health Kansas to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan informed by data gathered from their...

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HCI:HE HEALTH IN ACTION.

What's inside this issue:
Featured resource links
Community convening highlights..

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Aaron Davis
AAron Davis Nationally Recognized as a Phrases Fellows by de Beaumont Foundation & Aspen Institute

AAron Davis, Center for Public Health Initiatives Director was recently selected as 1 of 15 PHRASES (Public Health Reaching Across Sectors) Fellows from across the United States...

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Welcome to Debra Garcia and Patricia Houston!

The Community Engagement Institute is proud to welcome two very talented individuals to our family...

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Supporting Tobacco Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health

Come attend a workshop to learn best practices and strategies to reduce tobacco use and improve wellness among your participants. This free learning opportunity is open...

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Community Engagement Institute Hosts KDHE Opioid Overdose Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement launch

Community Engagement Institute Hosts KDHE Opioid Overdose Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement launch meeting. The community representatives reviewed opioid misuse statistics, evidence-based strategies to combat and prevent opioid misuse, and outlined strategies to implement these best-practices....

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CEI Represents Kansas in the Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

WSU's Community Engagement Institute, KDADS, Greenbush, Headquarters and sent representatives to Washington D.C. to participate in a conversation on implementing the National Strategy for the Prevention of Veteran Suicide...

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CEI Partners with Local Health Departments to Address “Drivers of Health”

The Community Engagement Institute collaborated with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Local Public Health in Kansas to convene A Conversation on Health in Kansas...

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HCI:HE HEALTH IN ACTION.

What's inside this issue:
Featured resource links
What's new with PHLC?
Allen County leverages social media
Residents take action for neighborhood improvements..

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HCI:HE HEALTH IN ACTION.

What's inside this issue:
Experimenting with Community Engagement in NWK
Spotlight on Riley county
IOBY spotlight: Cheyenne targets affordable food through a food co-op..

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HCI:HE HEALTH IN ACTION.

What's inside this issue:
Thrive allen county recognized
Spotlight on lincoln
Ross daniels joins public health law center

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AmeriCorps VISTA member impacts those in poverty through graphic design position at Guadalupe Clinic.

AmeriCorps VISTA member, Alley Miller, served for a year at Guadalupe Clinic in Wichita, Kansas, as a marketing and graphic design VISTA. In her role she pushes social media, emails...

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The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Helps Host the First Annual Prevention Conference in Topeka

In partnership with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC), the Community Engagement Institute (CEI) designed and hosted the first...

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CEI’s Trauma-Informed Systems of Care Trains Houston Area Educators

This summer, CEI’s Trauma-Informed Systems of Care (TISC) was invited by Communities In Schools-Bay Area to help them respond to the added stress Hurricane Harvey put on at-risk students. Teresa Strausz and Joyce McEwen Crane offered a...

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CEI Associate Earns Credential From The International Coach Federation

Dr. Howard Keim, an associate with CEI's Center for Leadership Development, has been awarded his second coaching credential, the Associate Certified Coach (ACC), from the International Coach Federation...

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CEI's Prevention Initiatives and Strategic Communication Initiatives Work Together to Create A Suicide Prevention Short Film

Every September there is an opportunity to raise awareness around suicide prevention, mental health, and ensure that tools for a healthy, happy life are readily available for everyone. The Community Engagement Institute’s Strategic Communication Initiatives was honored to create....

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The Community Engagement Institute Launches the Strategic Communication Initiatives

CEI is excited to announce the launch of the new Strategic Communication Initiatives (SCI)! We are constantly looking for ways to evolve as an organization and it became clear to us in our...

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The Center for Public Health Initiatives and The Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition Host 3rd Annual Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium

In partnership with the Community Engagement Institute, the Kansas Community Health Worker (CHW) Coalition hosted the third annual Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in Wichita. The opening keynote, presented by...

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The Center for Organizational Development and Collaboration Says Thank You

The Center for Organizational Development and Collaboration would like to thank all of our community partners that we’ve worked with over the last year! Thank you for...

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CEI Partners with the Kansas System of Care to Host the Youth Mental Health Awareness Art Competition.

In May, the Community Engagement Institute (CEI) partnered with the Kansas System of Care to host an art competition raising awareness for youth mental health in Kansas. Youth from across...

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VISTA Fellows Impact Those in Poverty Through Their Work with Schools and Nonprofits Organizations

The WSU VISTA Fellows project is in its fifth year connecting VISTAs with nonprofit organizations, government and public health agencies, and faith-based organizations statewide...

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More Than Just an Education: Applied Learning at Community Engagement Institute

The WSU Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is dedicated to providing applied learning opportunities for students that include graduate assistantships, practicum placements...

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CEI Reaches Across Globe Through Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice

What readers see when they engage with a magazine or journal is the end result of a lot of hours of hard work by multiple hands. It can be easy to overlook that work when the articles...

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CARE Assists Kansas Head Start Association in Building Capacity to Measure Self-Regulation in PreK

The Child and Family Research Team at CARE is collaborating with Kansas Head Start Association on a capacity building grant from the Kansas Health Foundation...

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Kansans Promote Civic Engagement for Healthier Communities

From Mitchell to Barber and Kearney to Crawford, 18 Kansas communities have been selected by the Kansas Health Foundation as grantees for the Healthy Communities Initiative: Improving Health Equity (HCI:HE)...

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CEI Supports Statewide Opportunities for Youth and Family Engagement in Behavioral Health System

As part of a four year, $9.4 million SAMSHA System of Care (SOC) cooperative agreement, WSU’s Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is partnering with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and four pilot areas of the state served by four mental health centers...

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AAron Davis Steps into New Role at the Community Engagement Institute as the New Director for the Center for Public Health Initiatives.

AAron is a life-long Shocker with two undergraduate degrees from WSU, along with a Masters in Business Administration. He is also in the process of attaining a second Masters, this one in Public Administration from the WSU Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs...

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Community Engagement Institute supports statewide initiative of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

As part of an effort to help Kansans live healthier lives in communities that support health where they live, work and play, the Community Engagement Institute has helped Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) launch a second round of grantees in their Pathways to a Healthy Kansas community grant initiative.

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Unity Conference 2017

The Unity Conference 2017 was held in Dallas, Texas on August 6th through the 9th. There were over 400 participants in attendance for the event and with the theme of “the Collective Power of Community Health Workers (CHWs), Community Health Representatives (CHRs) and Promotores”, the packed agenda promised excellent learning and networking opportunities.

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Community Engagement Institute Staff selected for Harvard Leadership Development Program

The Community Engagement Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce McEwen Crane, Strategic Development Coordinator and leadership development trainer and coach, was one of 54 international participants selected by the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program to participate in the intensive 8-day Art and Practice of Leadership Development: A Master Class for Professional Trainers, Educators, and Consultants course in Cambridge, MA.

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Community Engagement Institute Well Represented at International Conference

Six Community Engagement Institute staff from the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation presented at the Society for Community Action and Research (SCRA) Conference in Ottawa, Canada.

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Community Health Worker Symposium Attracts over 120 from Across Kansas

On June 8th, 123 Community Health Workers (CHWs), Promotoras(es) de Salud (PdS), academicians, healthcare partners, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders attended the second Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium at the Wichita State University Rhatigan Student Center.

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Pathways to a Healthy Kansas

Pathways to a Healthy Kansas is the largest community grant program ever funded by BCBSKS. The grant funding for each community includes opportunities for receiving $500,000. A Letter of Intent must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, March 31 to receive the application packet. More details available at www.bcbsks.com/pathways/



Kansas Accreditation Readiness Project (KARP) Annual Summit

Local health departments can get a better understanding on how they may use the accreditation process to develop practices and strategies to become a high performing health department...

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Jennifer Pacic Joins Community Engagement Institute as New Director for the Center for Organizational Development and Collaboration

After an extensive search process, the Community Engagement Institute is pleased to announce...

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Public Service Announcement

The Prevention Initiative team at the Community Engagement Institute created a Public Service Announcement about Suicide Prevention in Kansas.

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CARE New Website

The Center for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE) at the Community Engagement Institute has developed a new website compiling data on risk and protective factors...

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DOZENS GATHER AT WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY—OLD TOWN FOR FIRST STATEWIDE PREVENTIONWORKS MEETING

Taking the lead role in hosting the statewide coalition focused on behavioral health promotion and the prevention of substance abuse, suicide and problem gambling, Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute hosted the inaugural meeting of PreventionWorKS at the new WSU Oldtown.

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KANSAS CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST (CPS)

Are you a self-identified consumer of mental health services? Do you have an interest in what it might be like to pursue a career in the mental health field?

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CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES ASSISTS COMMUNITIES TO PREVENT OBESITY, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE AND STROKE

Through a multi-million dollar grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is working with the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the Community Engagement Institute to help address chronic disease in seven Kansas communities.

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