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Getting Better at Getting Better: Using the Science of Improvement to Transform Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery on Our Campuses

Presented by Allison Smith

Allison Smith will prepare attendees to explain why new methods are needed to help us lead change on our campuses, describe theories, methods, and tools for changing systems with the science of improvement, and identify opportunities for campus professionals from diverse disciplines and settings to use the science of improvement to make impactful changes on their campuses.

Allison J Smith, M.P.A., is the Assistant Director of Population Health at New York University. Her focus is on the use of network approaches to improve population health and developing new strategies to activate young adults to be engaged in their own health and the health of their communities. She is co-founder and co-director of the Network for Improvement and Innovation in College Health and has been awarded federal and foundation funding to advance quality improvement in pursuit of breakthrough improvements in outcomes on campuses nationwide. Allison has led several large-scale improvement collaboratives, is an appointed member of the ACHA-NCHA Advisory Committee, served as Chair of the ACHA Healthy Campus 2020 Coalition, and co-authored revisions to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Health Promotion Standards.

Community Colleges: The Next Frontier of Recovery Support at Institutions of Higher Education

Presented by Erin Jones

In 2016, TYR could identify only six community colleges offering recovery support programs and services. Based on t his finding, TYR identified a need for pilot programs to better understand programmatic models that may be effective for supporting students in recovery at community colleges. TYR’s Bridging the Gap grant program supports these pilot programs and is intended to act as a catalyst for building capacity for recovery support on community college campuses across the U.S. The goal of the program is two-fold; first, to help more 2-year institutions initiate recovery support programs and services and second, to study what programs and services are viewed as helpful and useful to students in recovery so that best practices can be shared as the field develops. This session will provide attendees with a recap of TYR’s 2016 research, observations from
year 1 of the grant program, and a rich discussion on survey responses on institutional attitudes and student engagement in recovery support on 2-year campuses.
Attendees of this session will:
1. Learn about Transforming Youth Recovery’s (TYR) 2016 research on community college recovery support.
2. Hear observations from year of TYR’s Bridging the Gap grant program.
3. Discuss the findings of the institutional attitude and student engagement survey that was deployed on community college campuses.
Erin Jones is a research partner for Transforming Youth Recovery and a Principal at sr4 Partners, a change management consultancy. Erin has acted as the principal investigator on TYR’s research efforts since 2013 authoring or co-authoring the following: Recovery Support in and around Community Colleges in the U.S. (2016), Closing the Gap: An examination of access to Best-in-Class evidence-based alcohol and other drug prevention programs for K-12 students in the U.S. (2015), The State of Recovery High Schools, 2016 Biennial Report (2016), 38 Assets for Building Collegiate Recovery Capacity (Revised 2016), and The Assets for Building Collegiate Recovery Capacity (2013). Erin is analytical and practical. She has a natural affinity for identifying problems and offering solutions to those problems and believes wholeheartedly in studying and applying research to her work. Erin received her Masters from Northeastern Illinois University and her Bachelors from Tulane University in New Orleans. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brian and her son, Henry.

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