Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Awards of Excellence Luncheon

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Kansas Family Partnership celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting a Prevention Awards of Excellence Luncheon on March 29, 2016 at the Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center. The event took a look back on two decades of Kansas prevention efforts and recognized successful achievements from across the state. Awards honored Kansas individuals and organizations that have made a difference at local, regional or state levels. The luncheon brought together all sectors of the community to showcase the widespread support that has contributed to the continued success of prevention in Kansas.

Janine Gracy, Heartland Telehealth Resource Center Project Director, Kansas Family Partnership Board Vice President

Opening Remarks
Janet Stanek, Stormont Vail Health Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Pastor Dave Fulton, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Pastor

Lunch & Introduction
Michelle Voth, Kansas Family Partnership Executive Director

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Vincent Francisco, University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development Co-Director

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Innovation Award
Presented by Morgan Shandler, Shawnee Mission Health Public Relations & Marketing Specialist, Kansas Family Partnership Board Member

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Leadership Award
Presented by Mollie Thompson, Mirror, Inc. Consultant

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Perseverance Award
Presented by Janine Gracy

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Collaboration Award
Presented by Bill Cordes, Cordes Keynotes & Seminars Keynote Speaker

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Dedication Award
Presented by Maria Torrez Anderson, Kansas Family Partnership Program Director & Jim McHenry, Former Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Commissioner

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Award of Excellence
Presented by Michelle Voth & Jason Verbeckmoes, Kansas Eye Bank & Cornea Research Center Executive Director, Kansas Family Partnership Board President

Closing Remarks
Jason Verbeckmoes

Vincent FranciscoVincent Thomas Francisco, Ph.D.
Dr. Vincent Francisco is Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Applied Behavioral Science and Senior Scientist with the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies. He is also Co-Director of the Work Group for Community Health and Development, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at the University of Kansas. In his work, he uses behavioral science methods to help understand and improve conditions that affect population health and health equity. Dr. Francisco is published widely in the areas of health promotion, capacity building, and community-based research and intervention. He is co-developer of the Community Tool Box, a widely used Internet-based resource for promoting community health and development.

Dr. Francisco has considerable experience in the research and evaluation of community-based intervention programs focusing on adolescent development, reduction of risk for HIV/AIDS, teen substance abuse, youth violence, teen parenthood, and chronic/cardiovascular diseases. He also has considerable experience in the provision of technical support for the development of coalitions. He works with community initiatives to help them build capacity for systems change, create environments in which those organizations can succeed in accomplishing their mission, and evaluate those interventions within an open systems environment.

SVH logo_single line version_3colorStormont Vail Health
Stormont Vail Health (formerly Stormont-Vail HealthCare) is an integrated health care system that has been serving the health care needs of northeast Kansas for more than 135 years. It is comprised of Stormont Vail Hospital, an acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil, a multi-specialty physician group. More than 4,100 employees provide care and support services for patients in the hospital and 27 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center and Digestive Health Center. Stormont Vail Health is committed to its mission of improving the health of the community by providing high quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art equipment in convenient, comfortable facilities for patients and families.

Award Winners
Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Innovation Award
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have taken a unique and creative approach to meeting local, regional or state prevention needs by implementing new strategies or modifying existing strategies to create more meaningful and impactful change.

Chris Curry
In response to the need for youth activities in Louisburg, Chris Curry has spent countless hours of his time developing prevention programs and activities that ensure middle school students can gather in a safe place and socialize together without making destructive decisions.

Johnson County Mental Health Center
Using a comprehensive approach to tackle prevention issues, Johnson County Mental Health Center has consistently responded to community needs, providing invaluable education and training opportunities as well as coalition and task force support for more than 25 years.

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Leadership Award
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have started a movement to address local, regional or state prevention needs by taking initiative in recognizing issues as well as leading strategy development efforts, regardless of their position or role.

Alayna Baker
Since she began her involvement in prevention activities, Alayna Baker has been a clear leader among her Louisburg Middle School peers, using her leadership roles in school organizations to create meaningful activities and make a difference for the school’s students and staff.

Teresa Briggs
Through prevention efforts rooted in the Emporia community, Teresa Briggs has led the charge in advancing statewide prevention education and legislation, persisting through obstacles challenging the role of prevention to accomplish important and necessary work at hand.

Reno County Communities That Care
By promoting safe and healthy lifestyles among youth, Reno County Communities That Care has led the way in decreasing youth substance use, offering educational tools and facilitating leadership and mentoring programs that empower youth to have an impact on their community.

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Perseverance Award
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have defied limitations to satisfy local, regional or state prevention needs by implementing strategies in the face of environment and resource constraints as well as resistance toward changes in social norms.

Diane Ash
As one of the first prevention specialists in Kansas, Diane Ash served the Lawrence community by providing youth with prevention leadership roles, training educators in prevention strategies and informing the public on prevention issues in a career devoted to prevention education.

Sumner County Community Drug Action Team
With a consistent focus on youth prevention, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team has engaged community stakeholders in important prevention efforts, implementing an array of evidence-based strategies that have significantly reduced county-wide youth substance use.

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Collaboration Award
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have created partnerships to focus on local, regional or state prevention needs by identifying common goals among constituents and selecting strategies that benefit the greater good of everyone involved.

Don Roberson
Upon becoming one of the first school resource officers in Andover, Don Roberson has committed to keeping youth safe by developing school prevention programs, enforcing laws aiding prevention efforts and serving as trainer and presenter for statewide prevention programs.

Kansas Highway Patrol
As the state’s largest traffic unit, Kansas Highway Patrol has partnered with local and state law enforcement to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities by coupling education and enforcement to change behavior and prevent impaired, distracted and other unsafe driving.

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Dedication Award
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated commitment and investment toward local, regional or state prevention needs by providing consistent and dependable support not only for strategies implemented but audiences impacted.

Linda Hill
During her years of service to Norwich schools, Linda Hill has made it a priority to ensure students have opportunities to develop as individuals and leaders, supporting expansion of prevention efforts in schools and engaging community organizations to enhance youth experiences.

Rosemary Neaderhiser
In her commitment to the success of Bennington and Tescott students, Rosemary Neaderhiser invested in school mentoring and prevention programs and services, collaborating with substance use, mental health and suicide prevention partners to foster healthy behaviors in youth.

Sharon Henry
With more than 20 years of prevention involvement, Sharon Henry has committed to helping Burlington youth make informed decisions on substance use, overseeing student-led prevention education activities that challenge them to make a difference in their school and community.

Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas
During its 25 year history, the Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas coordinated evidence-based programs, policies and practices as well as a prevention professional certification system, contributing to monumental reductions in youth substance use across the state.

Kansas Family Partnership Prevention Award of Excellence
This award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated longevity, innovation, perseverance, dedication, leadership and collaboration in their work to help identify and implement strategies to address local, regional or state prevention needs.

Midnight Deeds-Rookstool
With more than a decade of contributions to Topeka prevention efforts, Midnight Deeds-Rookstool has maintained a firm belief in being drug and alcohol free, setting an example for her peers through local, state and national involvement in youth programs and campaigns as a team leader, workshop presenter, program mentor and policy advocate.

Max Wilson
As a highly regarded prevention and recovery advocate, Max Wilson has brought decades of vision and passion to the Topeka community and the state, nurturing one of the most promising prevention programs in the nation, mentoring countless prevention specialists across Kansas and continuing to lend his expertise to the field, even in retirement.

Mollie Thompson
With more than 30 years of service to the field of prevention, Mollie Thompson has been a trusted leader and mentor for prevention professionals across the state, dedicating herself to countless successful projects and grants for two regional prevention centers that have transformed prevention efforts in south central and northeast Kansas.

Safe Streets
As the longest standing substance use prevention coalition in the state, Safe Streets has served Topeka and Shawnee County by emphasizing community mobilization and leadership development throughout its work, using its vision for peace in the neighborhood to develop unique and sustained approaches to prevention for more than 20 years.

AAA Kansas
Through its partnership with numerous statewide prevention efforts, AAA Kansas has provided significant financial contributions to support prevention programs, trainings and recognitions for youth and adults, serving vital roles as a promoter of statewide prevention awareness and as an advocate for keeping Kansas youth healthy and safe.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
By offering leadership and expertise in prevention organization roles, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation has guided strategic planning efforts for prevention campaigns, programs and services, supplementing volunteer contributions with monetary support for these activities in its steadfast commitment to healthy Kansans.

Stormont Vail Health
In its dedication to serving prevention needs of Kansans for more than 15 years, Stormont Vail Health has demonstrated exemplary support in promoting and funding youth-focused prevention activities, providing space for prevention training and recognition events, and encouraging health care system and community involvement in prevention.

About Kansas Family Partnership
Adobe Illustrator Startup_CMYKFor the past 20 years, Kansas Family Partnership, Inc. (KFP) has promoted safe and healthy youth, families and communities in Kansas by connecting them with substance abuse prevention education, networks and resources. KFP has provided prevention programs and trainings for youth and adults, coordinated statewide prevention awareness campaigns, distributed print and video prevention materials, supported prevention providers and treatment professionals, and informed lawmakers about sound prevention policy.

As KFP celebrates two decades of prevention efforts for its anniversary, the agency looks forward to innovating its work as a statewide voice for prevention. KFP will continue to address risk and protective factors, exploring new ways to prevent behavioral health issues, and the agency will work to educate, network and advocate for prevention services that benefit Kansas youth, families and communities.

Kansas Family Partnership Supporters
The successful prevention efforts that comprise Kansas Family Partnership’s 20 year history would not have been possible without significant financial support from the following entities, whose investment in Kansas prevention education, networks and resources is deserving of our greatest thanks.

  • AAA Kansas
  • American Medical Association Alliance
  • Angie Hughes Farm Bureau Agency
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation
  • Conklin-Hussey Charitable Trust
  • Kansas Army National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Program
  • Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
  • Kansas Department of Corrections
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Kansas Health Foundation
  • Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority
  • Kansas Troopers Foundation
  • Northwest Kansas Council on Substance Abuse
  • Purdue Pharma
  • SADD National
  • Security Benefit
  • Stormont Vail Health
  • Sunflower Foundation
  • Topeka Community Foundation
  • United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
  • Walter & Lucy Roush Charitable Trust