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Kimberly Nelson (Kim), she is the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, otherwise known as (SAMHSA) Regional Administrator. Kim has served Region 7: Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, since 2015, and has worked in the behavioral health care field since 1992. Perhaps most importantly, Kim is a person in long term recovery and is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and a Certified Peer Support Specialist.  Her foundation in clinical work in the community, or with serving criminal justice clients, and a stint as a Medicaid Coordinator; ensuring alignment with addiction services, demonstrates that Kim is passionate about guiding systems toward change.  In her current role she wears many hats on any given day, but that makes her uniquely qualified for our discussion today about recent data trends and how the future of harm reduction fits into the prevention of tomorrow. Website: Email: [email protected] Poster: What is Harm Reduction    
Published: July 21, 2022
Peter Komendowski is one of Iowa’s leading advocates for healthy, drug-free communities and is a sought-after speaker as an expert in substance abuse prevention and high-risk behavior management. In 2013 he was invited by Mediacom to host the TV series, Children & Drugs: Secrets for Parents, which aired eight episodes.  Building on that success he was invited back to host the TV show Surviving Bad, now in its 6th year. He is co-founder of the Internationally renowned Iowa Digital Literacy & Wellness Conference, and as a writer and a speaker, has been entertaining audiences of all ages with his observations on “living in the digital world – life at the speed of human.” Website: Email: [email protected]  
Published: June 27, 2022
Marcia Baker has a PhD in Psychology with a specialty in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. She is currently owner of Third Coast Counseling and Wellness where she is a practicing therapist. She has developed programs and worked as a therapist in the substance abuse treatment, prevention, and behavioral health field for over 30 years.  She utilizes her education and experience to provide a holistic approach when treating emotional/physical health issues for all ages. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and has been a Yoga practitioner for over 25 years. Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory    
Published: June 16, 2022
Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher, and lecturer, who is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of environmental factors on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents. He also has worked with a wide range of States across the nation and internationally in developing universal outreach and early intervention programs for children and families affected by trauma or substance abuse. For more information about Dr. Chasnoff visit:  
Published: June 2, 2022
Mitch Moore is a dynamic educator who has a passion for training people and serves those who serve by designing and delivering training across America. He is an advanced certified prevention specialist and licensed chemical dependency counselor who has extensive experience working with youth and families in both prevention and recovery settings. He has served as a counselor, prevention specialist and executive director of a charitable organization. In 2019, he was awarded the Texas Prevention Specialist of the Year. 
Published: May 19, 2022
In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer White, she is the Founder and Executive Director of ICT SOS. Her organization has as its mission to end human trafficking through prevention and awareness education; advocacy for survivors; and acting as a bridge between direct service professionals and community members who desire to help.
Published: May 4, 2022
In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Cindy Miles. She is an advocate for children and families, like hers, that have been affected by child abuse, neglect, and addiction. As an active member of both state and local alliances for drug endangered children, Cindy's message is one of hope for the many families whose lives have been impacted.
Published: April 27, 2022
In this episode we talk to Dr. Susan Depue with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health about her work in helping to lead the state's prevention efforts since 2006. Dr. Depue discusses the timeline from when the state was an early pioneer of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to the current day. She also provides leadership for the Partnership for Success initiative and is developing a prevention model to reduce methamphetamine use in Missouri.
Published: March 30, 2022
Steve Miller joined the Mid-America PTTC in November 2021 assuming the role from Dave Closson, who has ventured into consulting, training and of course podcasting for himself. We wish him all the success and hope to have in back on a future episode here.  Steve has a long history of supporting the efforts of the Drug Endangered Children initiative in Southwest Missouri, which compliments our focus area here at Mid-America. In this episode we'll learn more about his media experience, involvement in the arts and of course his path into the prevention work he has been doing for over a decade now.
Published: February 3, 2022
Through the PreventionTechnology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network Coordinating Office (NCO) (FOA award SP-19-001), the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) serves SAMHSA, the 12 individual PTTCs, and the specialized prevention workforce that provides substance use disorder (SUD) services across America. The Network Coordinating Office is a program in residence of the Collaborative to Advance Health Services located at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Published: November 15, 2021
The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. The program was created in 1998 within the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and it now funds over 700 community-based coalitions across the country. These coalitions implement youth-related prevention strategies focused on a wide variety of substances including alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and other drugs. Episode Links: Coalition locator: Funding Announcements: Statutory eligibility requirements webinar recording (register to review): MMWR on psychostimulant deaths    
Published: September 9, 2021
A wonderful conversation with Priscila Giamassi from the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center. This episode dives into a powerful leadership academy, special video project, family bonds, a speakers debut, and one very special event coming up.  National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center   National Latino Behavioral Health Virtual Conference: Envisioning Latino Behavioral Health Equity in the Next Decade, September 16-17, 2021     
Published: August 4, 2021
Are you asking yourself "how do I lead in the situation when there is no one specifically in charge, multiple stakeholders are involved in the decision making process, and there is no way you can force people to do what needs to be done?"   Leadership is not about the job, the title, or the position … it's not about you at all!  It is about the purpose, the group of people who are charged with producing something related to that purpose in partnership and collaboration with others. Leadership today requires a paradigm shift in order to be more effective and deliver results.  Learning Objectives Explore different point of view on leadership Discover levels and dimensions of leadership in loosely coupled, multi-stakeholder system Understand what competencies are necessary to lead effectively in this new way   Download the slides here:               Irina Fursman, Ed.D.       Irina Fursman is the Co-Founder and CEO of HueLife, a training, facilitation and consulting company on a mission to educate, facilitate and inspire engagement in meaningful action for the greater good of communities and organizations. She designs and facilitates experiences including strategic thinking and planning retreats; learning programs for personal and professional development; and conflict resolution. She also manages business development activities, partnership and community engagement programs, conceptualizing new products and services, and developing learning experiences and programs. She does this all while challenging the conventions required for innovation.        Born in the USSR, Irina spent the first half of her life in Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine and moved to the USA in 2002. She has co-founded a number of organizations and is currently a member of Rotary, Minnesota Change Management Network, International Society of Organization Development and Change (ISODC), and Technology of Participation (ToP) Network.        Irina completed her doctoral research on “Leadership in loosely coupled, multi-stakeholder systems” at University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. Her passion for social justice and love for learning is what drives her to create organizations that will continue to provide learning opportunities and experiences in the arena of systems change at all levels.                Irina is a survivor, entrepreneur, fighter for justice and freedom. Her personal mission is to inspire action for the greater good for two reasons: she cares about the impact she can personally make on the world, and it is fun!       
Published: July 14, 2021
Are you asking yourself "how do I lead in the situation when there is no one specifically in charge, multiple stakeholders are involved in the decision making process, and there is no way you can force people to do what needs to be done?"  Leadership is not about the job, the title, or the position … it's not about you at all! It is about the purpose, the group of people who are charged with producing something related to that purpose in partnership and collaboration with others. Leadership today requires paradigm shift in order to be more effective and deliver results.    This episode will shift your mindset and approach to coalition leadership!  Register for the July 14th webinar here. REGISTER
Published: June 21, 2021
Although we have a number of buzzwords focused on diversity and cultural inclusion, this topic should have always been at the forefront of our minds. In fact, when you truly examine our code of ethics and the Strategic Prevention Framework, is it obvious that diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in our professional standards? This episode places a spotlight on the WHY and HOW we can be intentional about improving health equity in our prevention practice.
Published: June 2, 2021
On today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kim Nelson, our SAMHSA Regional Administrator. Kim shares something that’s worth celebrating all year long! What is it you ask… we’ll you've got to listen to find out! She also highlights some of the regional data trends and gives us an insight into ground breaking prevention work going on in our region! Kim is a true prevention leader and all-around champion for the behavioral health field. Settle in for a great episode and get to know Kim Nelson.
Published: May 5, 2021
On today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Parsons, a Prevention Program Coordinator at Kansas’s very own DCCCA. Mike shares the great work they are doing across the state with their Drug Endangered Children Alliances and the amazing lineup of speakers for DEC Awareness Day (and month). Kansas DEC Awareness Day events registration Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children DCCCA Facebook
Published: April 1, 2021
In this episode, we speak with Dr. Shayla Sullivant and Alex Hartwig from Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. They share some of the work they are doing to empower parents to address the hard topics that can be very uncomfortable and talk about changes each one of us can make within our own homes to make them safer. Here are just a few of those topics: Eating disorder prevention Home safety (including storage of firearms, medications, etc.) Screen time Self-care Substance use (including vaping) Suicide prevention Their signature program: Prepped and Ready is a presentation to help equip parents for the transition into parenting teenagers. They understand this transition is a time of tremendous change for teens and it can be overwhelming as a parent to know how to help. Prepped and Ready aims to help parents learn what steps they can take before a crisis develops with their teenager. For more information or to contact Prepped and Ready, please email [email protected].
Published: March 4, 2021
In today’s episode, Alicia and Chris Dzurick discuss how a youth-led campaign is often more impactful when the intended audience is in fact youth. Chris shares the Missouri Youth Ambassador's latest campaign, "Don't Take the Vape Bait!" Read the comic here: Follow ACT Missouri on Facebook: 
Published: February 2, 2021
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This Holiday Resource Guide provides a one-stop-shop for approaching the holiday season in the midst of a pandemic. Learn to address grief and loss, social isolation, and other mental health concerns unique to the pandemic era, as well as celebrate with friends and family virtually or in small gatherings in accordance with CDC guidelines, utilize technology to host a virtual celebration, and devise creative strategies for celebrating with family virtually. This product was developed in collaboration with the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Author(s): Johnson, K./Mid-America MHTTC; Klepper, C./Mid-America MHTTC; Robinson, L./Mid-America MHTTC; West, H./Mid-America MHTTC; Sherry, B./Mid-America ATTC; Stilen, P./Mid-America ATTC; Closson, D./Mid-America PTTC
Published: December 10, 2020
Today we are talking with Dr. Joy Sweeney the Deputy Director ~ Training, Coalition Development, TA, and Community Outreach at CADCA. As some of you may know, CADCA is Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. They are some true prevention leaders!
Published: December 7, 2020
In today’s episode, Alicia chats with Rikki Barton, the Director of Prevention for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. They serve 25 coalitions that span across 21 counties. This episode is packed with great info from how covid-19 has impacted their coalition work, Mental Health Moments on Facebook and YouTube, and how their coalitions are engaging diverse community stakeholders during the pandemic. ACT Missouri Facebook
Published: November 10, 2020
The Science of the Positive framework is based upon the realization that ‘The Positive’ exists in ourselves, our communities and our cultures, and can be increased to improve health and safety. Both the Positive Community Norms approach to prevention and the new science of HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) are organized around the Science of the Positive  Cycle of Transformation which includes domains of Spirit, Science, Action, and Return. This interactive session will introduce these three key approaches to transforming community health. Learning Objectives: Describe the Science of the Positive framework Understand how the Positive Community Norms approach corrects misperceptions to impact behavior and increase health Learn how positive childhood experiences can mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health outcomes and promote resilience Presenter: Jeffrey Linkenbach, EdD, MA is the Founding Director & Research Scientist at The Montana Institute, who has developed national award-winning science-based programs to change norms. He is one of the co-developers of HOPE – Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences, and serves as a Co-Investigator at the HOPE Center in the Tufts University Medical School. He is recognized for his pioneering development of the Science of the Positive Framework and the Positive Community Norms Approach which are being utilized by tribal, federal, state and local organizations to achieve positive change and transformation around challenging issues such as child maltreatment, substance abuse, suicide, traffic safety and community-engaged leadership. Additional Resources:      
Published: August 26, 2020
This is episode 34 and today we will be talking with Heather and Janelle from WSU-CEI. As some of you may know, they are the hosts of the Kansas PreventionTalKS podcast and members of the KPC Connections team. Through their work, they are creating connections, positive change, and building their community across the entire state of Kansas. In today’s episode, we’ll unpack the inspiration behind the podcast, the impacts, and how they have adapted KPC Connections for this virtual world. Heather and Janelle also share some wisdom on how we can all build connections, community, and have fun through virtual platforms.
Published: August 18, 2020
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