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RFI: Cultural Competency Training Curriculum (posted 9/2)

Posted: September 02, 2009

The Hogg Foundation has released an RFI for cultural competency training curricula.  The foundation seeks information about cultural competency training programs for mental health service providers.  This request for information (RFI) provides an opportunity for prospective respondents to submit information and recommend ideas for designing, developing and implementing a cultural competency training program for service providers in Texas.  Specifically, the foundation seeks information about curricula, materials and costs associated with cultural competency training, including manualized evidence-based and non-evidence-based curricula and curricula with the potential to be manualized. If available, the respondent should provide evidence of the program’s effectiveness in increasing providers’ cultural competency.  Submissions are due by September 30, 2009 at 1:00pm CDTClick here for more information.

Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2009

The Urban Institute has released a collection of new research that explores the sometimes rough road to adulthood.  This series entitled Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood examines youth vulnerability and risk-taking behaviors on several outcomes for young adults, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 cohort.  Notable results suggest youth follow one of four patterns in connecting to the labor market and school in the transition to adulthood: consistently-connected, later-connected, initially-connected, or never-connected.  Second generation Latinos make a fairly smooth transition to young adulthood, but are less likely to engage in post-secondary schooling than whites.  Youth from low-income families, distressed neighborhoods, and youth with poor mental health engage in relatively high levels of some adolescent risk behaviors and have relatively lower earnings and levels of connectedness in early adulthood.  To read the research articles click here .

SBI Codes Can Work in Community Hospitals (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2009

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drug problems can be effectively implemented in community hospitals if certain barriers are addressed and overcome, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital. The study was published in the August 2009 issue of the journal Substance Abuse .  The researchers' goal was to develop, implement and evaluate the adoption of a model of SBI, using feedback from the community hospital ED.  Most past research on SBI has been conducted in academic medical facilities, but more than half of all visits to emergency-rooms -- the primary nexus for SBI -- take place in community hospitals.  Researcher Michael Mello, M.D., and colleagues, using feedback from emergency-department staff, developed, implemented and evaluated a model SBI program for community hospitals.  Click here for more information.

Publication on the Characteristics of Children of Immigrants (posted 8/30)

Posted: August 30, 2009

In tandem with their Children of Immigrants Data Tool , the Urban Institute has released a publication, entitled Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics , that describes the national and state characteristics of children of immigrants based on recent American Community Survey data.  Since children of immigrants account for almost a quarter (24 percent) of children under age 5, their share in the school-age population will increase, with important implications for education policy.  In addition, children of immigrants' poverty and low-income rates vary across states, highlighting the importance of state and local policies in promoting children's well-being.  Click here for more information.  Click here to download the report.

Data Tool on Children of Immigrants (posted 8/30)

Posted: August 30, 2009

The Urban Institute has released a data tool that allows users to generate charts on the characteristics of children of immigrants, age 0 to 17, for the United States and for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Statistics on 21 features include citizenship and the immigrant status (foreign vs. native-born) of children and their parents; children’s race, ethnicity, and school enrollment; parents’ education and English proficiency; and family composition, income, and work effort. The child and parents’ citizenship and immigrant status (foreign vs. native-born) can be used as reference points for comparisons.  Data for the tool came from the 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey.  Click here to access the tool. 

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