Across Kansas, CCSR Responds.
In 2012, the Center for Community Support and Research assisted over 100 Kansas-based nonprofits, community coalitions and government agencies to better fulfill their mission. Excellence. Integrity. Capacity Development. Partnering. Here is a link to the rest of the Annual Report.
Also included is a quote from Dr. Bardo, president, Wichita State University, “Wichita State is not just a university in a city, it’s a university of the city—and no organization better reflects that position than the Center for Community Support and Research. CCSR’s assistance to government agencies, nonprofits and community coalitions helps organizations better fulfill their missions so that they can chart the course for a bright future in Wichita.”
Wichita State University's Center for Community Support and Research has restructured its management.
The following is a list of several new positions and the management structure at CCSR.
Seth Bate – director of leadership development
Amy Delamaide – director of community and organizational development
Tara Gregory – director of research and evaluation
Randy Johnson – director of mental health initiatives
Heather Perkins – director of operations and finance
Kevin Bomhoff – director of strategic development
Scott Wituk – executive director
CCSR helps individuals, organizations and communities with leadership development, organizational capacity building, community-based consulting, research and evaluation and through its Mental Health Consumer initiative.
In 2012, the center helped more than 100 Kansas-based nonprofits, community coalitions and government agencies.
CCSR researchers have been working with the Reno County Crime Reduction Task Force to review data and involve the community in crime reduction planning. CCSR's Steve Williams facilitated a community input session in Hutchinson last week, described in this article from the Hutch News.
Tara Gregory, PhD, is the primary evaluator for the project.
Revisiting the site of Trauma: According to Christine Young and Nancy Jensen, revisiting the site of traumatic experiences is about honoring experiences and moving through them, not moving past them. Here is the pdf file for the rest of this article and others in the latest issue of the CPS newsletter. It also includes the dates for the 2013 Kansas Recover Conference, upcoming CPS training dates, an article on the Olmstead decision and information about the youth organization -- YLinK. The photo to the right is the Kaufman House located at 321 W. 7th, Newton
The Center for Community Support and Research has been chosen as the evaluator for a $2.4 million Community Transition Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Greater Wichita YMCA on behalf of the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita. The Health and Wellness Coalition is one of 40 recipients of this grant in the U.S. The Community Transition Grant is targeted at impacting the health and wellness of the Wichita community through addressing nutrition, physical activity, obesity and tobacco use. CCSR, which worked closely with the YMCA and the Health and Wellness Coalition to assist with the grant application, will use a multi-method approach to evaluating such coalition efforts as: 1) developing master bike and pedestrian plans to encourage physical activity, 2) enhancing a breastfeeding in the workplace initiative, 3) providing mini-grants to food pantries and soup kitchens for the purchase of refrigerators for healthy perishable food storage, 4) working with farmer’s markets to provide Electronic Benefits Transfer machines that will provide greater access to healthy foods for low-income persons, 5) funding signage for local parks and community housing sites regarding prohibition of tobacco use in those areas, and 6) assessing the need for healthy foods across various areas of the city.
CCSR Director Scott Wituk commented, “The Health and Wellness Coalition includes over 75 organizations, businesses, and schools who are committed to promoting physical activity and healthy eating in the Wichita area. They have been doing great work for years and this grant highlights their growth and accomplishments. We are happy to play a small role in this community effort.”
For more information about CCSR’s evaluation, please contact CCSR’s research and evaluation coordinator, Tara Gregory at 978-3714 or email@example.com
The report of a Statewide Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery Summit is available.
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Over 100 people representing mental health service providers, consumers, clergy, and other community stakeholders attended the statewide Summit on Spirituality and Mental Health Recovery which was held at the Wichita State University Marcus Welcome Center on April 24. Participants engaged in a productive series of dialogs facilitated by the staff at the WSU Center for Community Support and Research.
Recently Scott Wituk, PhD, director of the Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) was selected as a member of the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 under 40 for 2012.
The 40 Under 40 honorees are compiled from nominees based on leadership, community involvement and contribution to their organization. Wituk has been with CCSR for nearly 20 years and has served as director for the past two years.