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  • Journal of Business and Psychology Publication

    Date: October 2017

    Journal of Business and Psychology Publication 

    Congratulations to OMNI staff, Ana P. Nunes, PhD. and Melissa Richmond, PhD., and collaborators from the Colorado Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP), and the University of Colorado Boulder for publication of their research funded by the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, The Effect of Employee Assistance Services on Reductions in Employee Absenteeism, in the Journal of Business and Psychology. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) provide an important vehicle to assist employees experiencing personal and work-related problems that impact employee absenteeism. The published research utilized an objective measure of work time lost to provide empirical evidence that users of EAP services tend to reduce their absenteeism at a faster pace than non-EAP users experiencing similar challenges to maintaining productivity. The abstract and article may be found here.

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  • OMNI Presents at Native Children's Research Exchange Conference

    Date: September 2017

    OMNI Presents at Native Children's Research Exchange Conference

    In September 2017, Katie Gelman, DrPH, MPH, presented at the Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) conference on the role of ethnic identity in the development of marijuana use among American Indian adolescents. Katie’s research has included testing the measurement characteristics of an ethnic identity construct over a two-year period during early adolescence to understand how this complex construct may shift during a period of rapid developmental change. Katie also discussed findings related to testing the ethnic identity construct as a protective factor influencing emergent marijuana use. Findings from growth mixture model analyses suggested that while ethnic identity showed null effects, culturally-based community activities had a strong protective effect against risky marijuana use, as did prosocial peer relationships. For more information on the NCRE conference, click here.

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  • Substance Abuse Journal Publication

    Date: Sept 2017

    Substance Abuse Journal Publication

    Congratulations to OMNI staff and partners at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., and Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health for publication of their commentary Ten Years of Implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): Lessons Learned in Substance Abuse Journal. SBIRT is a public health approach to identifying, reducing, and preventing substance misuse. In the article, Dr. Nunes and her co-authors reflect on key strategies that support successful implementation of substance use screening and intervention in health care settings as a standard of care. The abstract and article may be found here

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  • 2017 National Cannabis Summit Presentation

    Date: Sept 2017

    2017 National Cannabis Summit Presentation

    OMNI was delighted to present at the 2017 National Cannabis Summit in Denver, Colorado. OMNI staff, Melissa Richmond, PhD, and Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN, from Peer Assistance Services, Inc., presented a Lunch and Learn session: Lessons from 10 Years of Cannabis Screening and Intervention in Colorado. Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an established approach to identify individuals who use substances at risky levels to intervene early and prevent negative health consequences. Colorado was awarded two consecutive five-year federal grants (2006-2016) to implement SBIRT and screened over 173,000 patients for alcohol and other drugs, including cannabis. To better understand cannabis use in a changing landscape, OMNI conducted studies examining data on individuals who had been screened for cannabis through SBIRT Colorado. At the Summit, Melissa and Carolyn shared approaches to cannabis screening that account for legalization; information on delivering brief interventions tailored to context and population subgroups; and age-related and subpopulation trends in cannabis screening.  The session also addressed needed areas for research, including definitions of risk level based on quantity and frequency of use, and cannabis impacts on health. For more information on SBIRT Colorado, please see http://www.sbirtcolorado.org. For more information on the Summit, please see https://www.nationalcannabissummit.org.

    Date To Expire: 12/31/2017 2:05 PM

  • New Partnership

    Date: March 2016

    New Partnership

    OMNI is excited to be partnering with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) on a pilot research study to measure the efficacy of residential and outpatient addiction treatment, working with treatment providers across the United States. Holen Hirsh, PhD and Mary Parks, MS will be leading the research project. OMNI will be presenting an overview of the project at the annual NAATP conference in May 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida..

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  • Presentation at the 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Conference

    Date: Fall 2015

    Presentation at the 2015 Public Health in the Rockies Conference

    OMNI was proud to have two presentations at the 2015 Public Health in the Rockies conference in September in Vail, Colorado. Kacy Crawford, MPH, presented on findings from the evaluation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative’s CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, titled Improving Cardiovascular Health Equity in the Black/African American Community through Community and Clinical Linkages to Care. OMNI also partnered with the Tri-County Health Department to present findings from our work to leverage evaluation and community partnerships to address maternal and child health disparities. Alexa Cares, MPH, co-presented with Rita Beam, MSN, titled Leveraging Key Community Partners to Address a Low Birth Weight Disparity. For more information on this conference, please see http://www.publichealthintherockies.org.

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  • Presentation at the World EAP Conference

    Presentation at the World EAP Conference

    In September 2015, Melissa Richmond, PhD., and co-authors, Randi Wood, LCW, CEAP, former Director of the Colorado State EAP, and Bernie McCann, PhD, CEAP, Development Consultant for the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, presented findings from the Employee Assistance Research Foundation-sponsored study demonstrating the impact of EA services on work-related and clinical outcomes. For more information on the conference, please see the EAPA website - http://www.eapassn.org/post2015.

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  • Presentation at the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs Annual Conference

    Presentation at the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs Annual Conference

    Congratulations to Kelly Marzano, MA, on her poster presentation at the 12th annual conference of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs. In September, Kelly, along with co-presenter Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, from Peer Assistance Services, Inc., shared findings of a study entitled, Implementation of Single-item Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in a Primary Care Clinic in Western Colorado. For more information, please see http://www.inebria.net/Du14/html/en/Du14/index.html.

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  • Presentation at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference in Washington DC

    Presentation at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference in Washington DC

    We are pleased to share that OMNI staff and partners will be presenting at the 2015 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Conference in Washington DC in November. Congratulations to Ana Nunes, PhD, and her co-presenters, Dr. Kerry Broderick, MD, Emergency Medicine, Denver Health, and Jim Mayfield, MA, and Lyz Speaker, MS, Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, on the acceptance of their oral presentation, Marijuana Use Pre- and Post- Legalization of Retail Marijuana in Emergency Department and Primary Care Patient Populations Participating in a Brief Screen and Intervention Initiative. For more information on the conference, please see http://www.amersa.org/conf.asp.

    Date To Expire: 12/31/2015 11:55 PM

  • Manuscript Accepted for Publication in Research on Social Work Practice

    Date: October 2015

    Manuscript accepted for publication in Research on Social Work Practice

    Congratulations to OMNI staff and partners at Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) and the University of Colorado Boulder for publication of their study, Reliability of the Colorado Family Support Assessment: A self-sufficiency matrix for families, in the Journal of Social Work Practice. The study examines the reliability of a revised version of the Colorado Family Support Assessment (CFSA 2.0) to objectively measure family self-sufficiency outcomes. Please click here to read the abstract and to view press release describing the study, click here.

    Richmond, M.K., Pampel, F.C., Zarcula, F., Howey, V., & McChesney, B. (2015). Reliability of the Colorado Family Support Assessment: A self-sufficiency matrix for families. Research on Social Work Practice .

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