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JANUARY 2019 TESTIMONIAL AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF RECENTLY RECEIVED AWARDS–FROM WISR DOCTORAL ALUMNUS, WILLIAM HEINEKE OF WYOMING

In his WISR dissertation, Bill developed a model for multidisciplinary professional teams concerned with the prevention and treatment of child abuse. . . . Bill’s letter to WISR: “Giving you a bit of an update with some surprises coming totally unexpectedly.  I was the recipient of three awards.  One was a Health Care Provider of the Year given by the Campbell County Health Care Foundation. The second was the Legend Award by my employer, Campbell County Memorial Hospital.  The third was one of ‘Ten Who Made a Difference’ award by the Gillette News Record.  Enclosed are copies.  The work/research I did at WISR was a major contribution to helping with children.  The treatment manual I did at WISR I presented at a conference–for early interventions with children.  I learned six months later–I gave the manual at the conference (and) they were used to start programs in New Zealand and Ohio.  My WISR experience is one I continue to rely upon as a strong source of strength and continued worth in the field. Warmest Regards, Bill Heineke”

WISR STUDENT, KAREN YOUNG AWARDED A MINI GRANT FOR PROJECT TO DECREASE CONSUMPTION OF SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGES AMONG YOUNG ADULTS

As part of her WISR doctoral course work, Karen Young recently completed an evaluation of a projected funded by a $10,000 mini grant by LifeLong Medical Care and the City of Berkeley to implement a health education and awareness project. The goal of this project, called “Water Wise” was to decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and increase the consumption of water. The Water Wise awareness competition was an internet competition where individuals and groups age 16 to 24, were able to express the benefits of drinking water and the harmful effects of drinking sugar sweetened soft drinks in a 3 minute video. The Water Wise videos were much like infomercials disseminating a diverse but consistent message regarding healthy hydration. Each contestant was competing for cash awards to get the most online views of their health education awareness video. During the course of the project, there were a total of 3,706 unduplicated video views or votes. A total of twenty (20) videos were uploaded on the Water Wise Website, https://waterwiseics4.wixsite.com/mysite

Beyond this project, alone, Karen’s research suggests that “When a community is not consulted about messaging, the messages may not be received openly or not at all. When the gate keepers or the experts do not consult the appropriate leadership, they may not have the power to convince a community about what is relevant, important or necessary.”

WISR STUDENT, GABRIELA HOFMEYER, AWARDED A NADC/CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL GRANT FOR DISABLED ARTISTS

WISR student, Gabriela Hofmeyer, was awarded a NADC/California Arts Council Grant for Disabled Artists for her proposed Community Outreach Expressive Arts & Trauma Awareness and Recovery Projects. The statewide award is to support Community Outreach Projects and Awareness Programs by Disabled Artists in California, sponsored by the National Arts and Disability Center, the California Arts Council and the Semel Institute, UCLA.

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