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Community Engagement

There is a compelling need for community and research entities in Southern Nevada to come together to map out regional and statewide priorities along with mechanisms for collaborating with other service sectors to create a master plan that bonds together federal, state, regional, and city agencies to address the large-scale challenges faced today — particularly in education, health, and social services.

The Lincy Institute is the central resource hub that connects best practices to coordinate, facilitate, and support regional, community partnerships focused on our human capital and to attract significantly increased federal support and other funding.

Advisory Boards

K-20 Education Collaborative Advisory Board (ECAB)

The K-20 Education Collaborative Advisory Board (ECAB) was formed in Spring 2014. The purpose of the board was to help The Lincy Institute, Education Programs in its mission to increase the capacity of nonprofit education agencies and organizations to improve education in Southern Nevada. By providing expertise and professional insight, ECAB members guided the Lincy Institute in its efforts to identify community priorities and develop research-infused K-20 education policies and practices. The final ECAB meeting was held on April 4, 2016. Members will resume service in a larger Lincy Insitute Advisory Board, starting in Fall 2016.

Social Service Collaborative

The Social Service Collaborative involves key leaders from the university and the local community who represent the interests of vulnerable children, adults, and families. The collaborative serves in an advisory capacity to The Lincy Institute by identifying and prioritizing the most pressing social issues impacting our community. The Social Service Collaborative devises strategies for engaging local nonprofits in an effort to enhance the existing work that they do on behalf of those community members who require social services. The Collaborative pinpoints and recommends a series of short-term, practical initiatives that are supported by The Lincy Institute with the goal of leveraging larger and more sustainable projects on behalf of the local community.

Community Capacity-Building Planning Awards

The Lincy Institute sought to identify and select planning projects that addressed pressing issues related to health, education, and social services. While these projects may have national and global relevance, they are specifically applicable to local issues and needs. Planning awards have been awarded to two organizations, United Way of Southern Nevada and Foundation for Recovery. The projects and the work conducted by the United Way of Southern Nevada and the Foundation for Recovery drive intellectual discoveries, and build the capacity of local non-profits and support community efforts in addressing local mental health and education challenges.

To view more on the project selection process, view the Call for Collaborations page.

Peer Certification Planning Project

Foundation for Recovery

The purpose of the Peer Certification Planning Project is to conduct the research and planning required to construct, adopt, and begin to implement a statewide policy for the training, certification and utilization of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. With the implementation of such a policy change, Nevada will advance its goal of having sustainable, peer-driven Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) that increases recovery and whole health outcomes through statewide public-private partnerships. Partners in this planning process include both nonprofit community organizations and state agencies.

Community Impact Project (LVHCC)

United Way of Southern Nevada

Academic achievement in Nevada ranks among the lowest in the nation. The Community Impact Project seeks to develop collaborative action among schools, community organizations, and parents to study the barriers that prevent children from attaining the education they deserve. To identify these barriers and develop holistic interventions, the Community Impact Project will operate collaboratively with nine community organizations, the university, and school officials, to foster high quality community engagement in three urban public schools. The data obtained will be applied to the Downtown Archives demonstration project, which will be used as a test model to seek external funding.

Below is a brief abstract of the planning project and contact information:

Grants

Federal Awards

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $1.44 million

Improving Service Delivery to Youth in the Child Welfare System

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children Youth and Families Children’s Bureau
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $2.5 million

State Awards

Mental and Behavioral Health Training Partnership
Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $180,954

Other Awards

Losing in Las Vegas: Inequality, Ideology, and School Reform in the Mississippi of the West

Principal Investiagtor: Sonya Horsford
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Award Amount: $37,500

Establishing Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for Children Residing in Relative Care: A Data Diffusion Plan

Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Sponsor: New York Community Trust - Lois and Samuel Silverman Fund
Award Amount: $40,000

Improving Youth Child Welfare

Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Sponsor: Admin on Children & Families thru Clark County Dept of Family Services
Award Amount: $428,755

Grant Advisory

Choice Neighborhood Grant

Awardee: Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority and City of North Las Vegas
Sponsor: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Award Amount: $485,000
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Choice Neighborhood Grant

Awardee: City of Las Vegas
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Award Amount: $1,802,909

Southern Nevada Strong

Awardee: 13 regional partners
Sponsor: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Award Amount: $3,500,000
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