CRCAIH 2017 Pilot Grant Seminar Series

Final Presentation of the 2017 Pilot Grant Seminar Series 
If you can’t join us in person, register to listen live online.

East-Metro American Indian Diabetes Initiative: An Evaluation of Innovative Community-based Programs to Improve the Health of Native Men and Youth

Tai Mendenhall, PhD, University of Minnesota, Family Social Sciences

Date: August 7, 2017

Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM 


Friday Funny! Webinar or Winebar

Webinar? Oh, I’m sorry… I thought you said, “winebar.”

We enjoy a good webinar, but it is Friday…

Using a Trauma-Informed Approach for Evaluation

Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation Web Event Training Series will host Using a Trauma-Informed Approach for Evaluation on Thursday, August 3, at 1 p.m. ET. Presenters will discuss trauma issues in evaluation from the perspective of youth and families from whom data is collected. This webinar will also identify techniques for data collection that use a trauma-informed approach.

WEBINAR: Good for Your Health: Volunteering for Senior Corps

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 EST


For any questions, please contact the CNCS Office of Research and Evaluation at


Dawn C. Carr, PhD MGS, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Faculty Associate, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Florida State University
Annie Georges, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Wenson Fung, Ph.D., Research Associate, JBS International, Inc.
Ms. Deborah Cox-Roush, Director of Senior Corps, CNCS

CNCS recently launched two longitudinal studies – one sample included volunteers in the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs; a second sample included caregivers who receive respite from Senior Companions. This webinar shares findings from both studies, which show the strength of these programs to support overall health of adults and the opportunities to expand and strengthen these programs.

Volunteering is associated with better health outcomes among adults. A previous CNCS evaluation suggested further research is needed to assess the differential impact of national service on health outcomes. The webinar will discuss volunteers’ motivation, experience with training and support, and differential impact on volunteers’ health after joining national service. Results show volunteers are motivated for altruistic reasons whether they persist with the program or not; there are positive effects on volunteers’ health following national service for those who stayed in the program. These positive effects do not appear to be due to healthier individuals staying in the program, as the results show no significant differences in initial health between individuals that left and those that stayed.

The study on caregivers identified three groups of caregivers based on their level or degree of need for respite service using survey responses about expectations and reasons for seeking respite services. Results show most caregivers were satisfied with the respite support from their Senior Companions, and reported the respite support met or exceeded their expectations. There were no differences in the distribution of hours of respite support caregivers received irrespective of their need. However, most caregivers whose needs for respite support were identified as critical reported substantive benefits from receiving these services. The results show improvement in health, especially among those with poorer rating of their health at the time they sought respite support.

Office of Research and Evaluation

The Corporation for National and Community Service sponsors and supports scholarly research.  Findings are used to identify effective strategies for national service, increase the evidence-base for its programs, and strengthen civic infrastructure and civic engagement in America. The Office of Research and Evaluation builds, shares and uses knowledge in multiple ways. Our CNCS webpages include ongoing and completed studies and resources for those interested in conducting their own program evaluations.  To find out more about research and evaluation at CNCS, check out our webpages.

Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Youth Empowerment Part 2: Suicide Prevention and Social Media

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center will join the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class for a series of three webinars focusing on youth empowerment in Indian Country.

In Part 2 we welcome Faith Holyan, a 16-year-old member of the Navajo Nation. After losing a close friend to suicide, Faith started #codepurple—a social media-based suicide prevention campaign—to connect peers going through difficult times with friends and loved ones. As a former World Champion in the Indian National Finals Rodeo circuit, Faith uses her title and recognition to advocate for youth suicide prevention and mental health awareness. She also hosts local community events for her peers that serve as safe spaces for discussing mental health-related issues.

Register for the webinar. You will receive a confirmation email. On the day of the webinar, use the link provided in your registration confirmation email. Please join 15 minutes prior to the webinar.

Webinar: Promoting Child Well-Being by Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Promoting Child Well-Being by Using Machine Learning Algorithms
Friday, July 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Join Community Science and our expert panel for a 90-minute webinar on how the tools of the big data world – specifically, machine learning algorithms – are being trained to apply the scientific method in order to improve child welfare outcomes. Learn from a panel of child welfare leaders about how organizations like Casey Family Programs, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and First Place for Youth are using their administrative datasets and machine learning algorithms to:
. Predict the likelihood of positive outcomes for each child;
. Determine what combination of available interventions, settings, and conditions will work best for each case;
. Rigorously evaluate the success of interventions, in real time; and
. Design provider-friendly software applications that everyone can use to make better decisions.

This webinar will introduce participants to concepts like big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning algorithms. Participants will learn about a new “hybrid” data modeling technique that “mashes” – brings together – the data science world’s machine learning algorithms with the social science world’s scientific method in order to improve child welfare planning, learning and evaluation; we call this data modeling technique, “SIMPLE Insights for Action,” where SIMPLE is an acronym for Social Impact Modeling for Planning, Learning and Evaluation. During this webinar, a panel of leaders will share about their machine learning projects, including their organization’s motivation for their project; what they learned from the process; and how they are applying the lessons, models and insights to their work. This webinar will also address the equity, community development, and system reform implications of using machine learning algorithms.

Webinar Panelists
. Ira Schwartz, MSW, Adjunct Professor, Barry University, co-lead on Broward Sheriff’s Office Project
. Stephen Shimshock, PhD, Director, Systems, Data & Reporting, Casey Family Programs
. Erika Van Buren, PhD, Vice President, Evaluation & Learning, First Place for Youth
. David M. Chavis, PhD, CEO & Principal Associate, Community Science

Webinar Leader
Peter York, MSSA, Principal Associate, Community Science

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Webinar: Youth Empowerment Part 1 – Indigenous Food and Healing

Youth Empowerment Part 1: Indigenous Food and Healing

Webinar Date:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Arizona
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern

About the Webinar

Join the SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center, the Center for Native American Youth, and members of their 2017 Champions for Change class for a three-part webinar series on youth empowerment in Indian Country.

In Part 1 we will welcome Mariah Gladstone, who will discuss her work as founder of Indigikitchen, an online cooking show dedicated to the diets of indigenous communities. She will also discuss the growing understanding of food sovereignty and its connection to wellness in tribal communities.

Webinar: Healing Methods – Suicide Prevention in Native Communities

Suicide Prevention Part 1: Healing Methods—Suicide Prevention in Native Communities

Webinar Date:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


10 a.m. Alaska
11 a.m. Pacific
11 a.m. Arizona
12 p.m. Mountain
1 p.m. Central
2 p.m. Eastern

Register here!

About the Webinar by SAMHSA

Join us as we review evidence-based interventions that have been used in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities for suicide prevention.

In Part 1 of this three-part series, we will look at how programs such as Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR); safeTALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe); Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); and Project Venture have been used by AI/AN communities while acknowledging cultural differences.

Native Education and School Choice 101…register now!

Register today for the Tuesday, May 23, 12pm – 1pm CST, webinar “Native Education and School Choice 101—What Does Local Control Mean for Tribal Leaders and Educators?”

With the new Administration considering school choice as a vehicle for delivery of education, join this webinar intended to prepare tribal leaders to participate in the ongoing dialogue to determine what “Local Control” means for Native students. The webinar will present background and create an opportunity for tribal and educator input into federal policy recommendations on how tribes can gain increased control over education over Native students.

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NCAI Contact Information: Gwen Salt, Policy Analyst,

Webinar: Tribal Pathways to Data Analysis: Caring for Your Community By Knowing the Numbers

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Learn how you can use data about tribal members to tell the complete story about your long-term services and supports (LTSS).

That LTSS data story can be used to:

  • Understand what data is and why it is important
  • Examine the types of data tribes have about their members, and how to collect and record it
  • Discuss partnership opportunities with counties, states, and other entities who may have tribal data
  • Learn how to organize and create reports from tribal data and other sources