Monday, September 24, 2012

Dr. Rivera presents at Alaska annual behavioral health prevention grantee meeting Sep 28

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, and Dr. Gabe Garcia, Department of Health Sciences, are co-presenting at an Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health Annual Behavioral Health Prevention Grantee Meeting on September 28. This meeting is a 3-day opportunity for information gathering, knowledge transfer, skill development, networking and cross-grantee communication for Division of Behavioral Health grantees.

Dr. Rivera and Dr. Garcia will present a hands-on workshop, "Getting to Know your Community: Measurement Methods Made Easy."  They will be teaching grantees quantitative and qualitative research skills to assist in identifying problems in their communities, ways to demonstrate if there has been improvement in the problems by addressing factors related to those problem, and  how to make sense of the information collected about their communities in order to share what they learn with others.  Strategies and tools will include ways to quickly and effectively gather information from large groups of people using surveys, how to measure change or improvement by using pre-tests before and post-tests after providing information or implementing strategies, and how to efficiently obtain in-depth information by interviewing focus groups or key informants with unique perspectives or access to information.