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  • Author: Nelson-Dusek, Stephanie
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2013

    This is the story of Horizons, a major rural community leadership program undertaken by the Northwest Area Foundation to address poverty in rural areas. The goal of the program was to identify, prepare, and equip new leaders and help them take community action on poverty (Morehouse, 2010). In large part, Horizons succeeded. Many communities formed plans and common definitions of poverty, and new leaders helped expand communities’ existing capacity to pursue change. But did this capacity translate into measurable poverty reduction, and what are the implications for a foundation working to build capacity toward specific mission driven goals? These are more complicated questions to answer. In order to fully understand and learn from the Horizons experience, NWAF contracted with Wilder Research to write a final “lessons learned” report. Wilder reviewed evaluation findings from Diane Morehouse, president of QED, a research and evaluation consulting practice. Then Wilder facilitated discussion groups with NWAF staff (July, 2012) and Horizons delivery organizations (January, 2011),...

    This is the story of Horizons, a major rural community leadership program undertaken by the Northwest Area Foundation to address poverty in rural areas. The goal of the program was to identify, prepare, and equip new leaders and help them take community action on poverty (Morehouse, 2010). In large part, Horizons succeeded. Many communities formed plans and common definitions of poverty, and new leaders helped expand communities’ existing capacity to pursue change. But did this capacity translate into measurable poverty reduction, and what are the implications for a foundation working to build capacity toward specific mission driven goals? These are more complicated questions to answer. In order to fully understand and learn from the Horizons experience, NWAF contracted with Wilder Research to write a final “lessons learned” report. Wilder reviewed evaluation findings from Diane Morehouse, president of QED, a research and evaluation consulting practice. Then Wilder facilitated discussion groups with NWAF staff (July, 2012) and Horizons delivery organizations (January, 2011), which were the grantees, to gather their thoughts on the Horizons experience. The following sections detail what happened during the Horizons program, what was learned from the experience, and how these lessons can inform the Foundation’s future work, as well as the broader field of philanthropy. (author introduction)

  • Author: Myhra, Laurelle L. ; Wieling, Elizabeth
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2014

    The findings presented in this article come from a two-generation study exploring the psychological impact of trauma among American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) families and its perceived relationship to substance abuse across generations. Psychological traumas and stressors found to be pervasive across generations included physical and sexual abuse as well as persistent discrimination and racism, such as fear of having children removed from the home. A noteworthy finding was a decrease in reports of childhood traumas across the two generations within this sample. Implications and recommendations for clinicians and researchers working with AI populations are discussed in light of the findings. (author abstract)

    The findings presented in this article come from a two-generation study exploring the psychological impact of trauma among American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) families and its perceived relationship to substance abuse across generations. Psychological traumas and stressors found to be pervasive across generations included physical and sexual abuse as well as persistent discrimination and racism, such as fear of having children removed from the home. A noteworthy finding was a decrease in reports of childhood traumas across the two generations within this sample. Implications and recommendations for clinicians and researchers working with AI populations are discussed in light of the findings. (author abstract)

  • Author: Timmerman, Larry
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2015

    This presentation from the 2015 NAWRS conference provides an overview of an evaluation of individual placement and support services enhanced with cultural training and service components in Minnesota’s Ramsey County. These services were intended to reduce racial outcome disparities of employment services.

    This presentation from the 2015 NAWRS conference provides an overview of an evaluation of individual placement and support services enhanced with cultural training and service components in Minnesota’s Ramsey County. These services were intended to reduce racial outcome disparities of employment services.

  • Author: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2015

    Fond du Lac Veterans Supportive Housing, which opened in 2013, is the most recent housing development for families and single people of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (FDL) designed to support homeless tribal members—in this case veterans—while also advancing the FDL’s commitment to the environment. Participation in a survey process that included reservation lands led FDL to identify several new areas of unmet need among homeless tribal members. The band created reservation-wide and department-specific housing and supportive services plans which successfully developed first the Supportive Housing Development and, later, the veterans’ housing development. (author abstract)

    Fond du Lac Veterans Supportive Housing, which opened in 2013, is the most recent housing development for families and single people of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (FDL) designed to support homeless tribal members—in this case veterans—while also advancing the FDL’s commitment to the environment. Participation in a survey process that included reservation lands led FDL to identify several new areas of unmet need among homeless tribal members. The band created reservation-wide and department-specific housing and supportive services plans which successfully developed first the Supportive Housing Development and, later, the veterans’ housing development. (author abstract)

  • Author: Vanacora, Cheryl; Waldart, Paul
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and discusses the extent to which the program's Racial Equity Program differs from traditional MFIP case management. The presentation also compares Racial Equity Program participant outcomes with non-participating African American and American Indian participants.

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and discusses the extent to which the program's Racial Equity Program differs from traditional MFIP case management. The presentation also compares Racial Equity Program participant outcomes with non-participating African American and American Indian participants.

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