The Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE)Plan FY 08 consists of multiple projects that impact three main goals. These goals include sustaining a collaborative of state and local partners to accomplish innovative nutrition education program; support environments in which Maine children choose active lifestyles and make informed food choices that support optimal health; and provide opportunities for Maine adults to make appropriate food choices and have increased accessibility to food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. The Office of Integrated Access and Support and the Maine DCD collaborate with Muskie to effectively reach these goals through training and technical assistance to schools and communities that reach Maine people who are eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program.
Process Methods: Outreach and Collaboration
The premise of this project is that volunteer patient navigators are able to provide supportive services that empower patients to collect information to make decisions about their own care and quality of life. To the degree that patients do not question or assert control over their own
care ? and lives ? that is the degree to which they limit their own access to the best possible choices and services. These choices include the right to quality, comprehensive care based on research that supports the context as well as clinical parts of the patient?s life. Hence the outcomes we will propose address the patient?s psychosocial, decision-making, and involvement in the decision process. In this project our chief goals are to (1) increase the ability of patients with cancer to access and benefit from both clinical services and community-based supportive and information services and (2) demonstrate that trained volunteers functioning as patient navigators are able to assist patients with cancer in assuming more responsibility for ?taking care of themselves? as demonstrated by positive changes in self-efficacy, decision-making, quality of life measures, and degree of involvement in the decision process. These outcomes have been linked to improvements in clinical status. In addition, we will be looking at the volunteer processes of recruiting, screening, selecting, training, placing, monitoring, and retaining - that lead to the volunteer?s ?conversion? to assuming the role of a patient navigator.
<p>The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement's (NRCOI) mission is to support organizations committed to the welfare of children, youth and families and help them achieve better systemic outcomes.</p>
<p>We are funded by the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide free, on-site training and technical assistance (T/TA) to State and Tribal child welfare agencies.</p>
<p>Through training, technical assistance, research and evaluation we help agencies improve management and operations, expand organizational capacity and promote service integration. We focus T/TA in six primary areas, including: Strategic Planning, Quality Improvement, Collaboration, Workforce, Training Systems, and the federal Child and Family Services Review process.</p>
Muskie School of Public Service and Common Good Ventures (CGV) propose to collaborate to build the capacit of faith-based and community organizations to meet the unmet needs of yourth at risk across Maine. Muskie, CGV will leverage their deep community connections and experience working together to provide 1) tailored technical assistance and sub-awards to 20 faith-based and community based organizations and 2)trainings that help at developing the know-how and resources to help Maine's at-risk youth become productive adults. As the intermediary organization Muskie/CGV will assist FBCBO's with capacity building in five critical areas: leadership development, orgainzational development, program development, revenue development strategies and community engagement
There is currently no updated and consistent emergency response plan for Maine?s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS). The Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) has requested assistance from the Muskie School (IPSI) to work with MPCA staff and member FQHCs in the development of an emergency response plan that is both uniform in treating all areas and situations of concern and customized to the unique needs and environment of each health center. MPCA includes 18 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) throughout Maine in its membership. These primary care safety net providers support operations in 40 locations, all of them medically underserved areas. Project staff consolidate and analyze strategic plans, needs surveys and other data to develop a profile for each of the selected health centers . Project staff will begin with five health centers of focus and on the basis of these emergency response plans generate additional individual plans and a plan for replication at all other safety net sites in the state through all remaining funds. The initial centers of focus will be selected on the basis of their 1) willingness to participate; 2)geographic diversity; and 3) prior experience. If treatment of all health center sites is not accomplished within available project funds, the work plan directs development of a road map for replication beyond the cessation of this funded activity.