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Linking Systems of Care for Ohio's Youth: Bridging Research to Practice Series

LSCOY JFC Presentation - Robert ShapiroA Virtual Research Series of the Linking Systems of Care for Ohio’s Youth (LSCOY) Project

The LSCOY research symposium was presented as a month-long research series in September. Each week showcased two of the symposium presentations, highlighting innovative work across Ohio that bridges the gap between research and practice. 

The primary goal of the Linking Systems of Care for Ohio’s Children and Youth project is to improve responses to child and youth victims and their families by providing consistent, coordinated responses that address the full presenting issues and full range of victims’ needs. The project is guided through three principles: Healing Individuals, Families and Communities; Linked Systems of Care; and Informed Decision Making, (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2018). 

One goal  of the Linking Systems of Care for Ohio's Youth (LSCOY) project is that "child/youth-serving systems are linked at the state level for greater coordination to improve family outcomes and the responsiveness and efficiency of systems" to young victims of crime. Very early in the project, LSCOY recognized that Ohio's research community is a critical partner in this goal and that Ohio practitioners have a wealth of data to inform researchers.  The LSCOY Project believes that Bridging Research to Practice series is an important strategy in building Ohio's research capacity, as it is one way to highlight innovative practices that are occurring in Ohio. Together we may seed new lines of inquiry, grow valuable partnerships, and cultivate findings for the benefit of Ohio's youngest victims of crime. As a result we are pleased to offer this free series of webinars, and we invite you to connect with us regarding research projects of interest by joining our LSCOY newsletter mailing list. 

The LSCOY Bridging Research to Practice Series ran throughout the month of September 2020. Over the course of the 7 presentations, information was shared by individuals who worked to bring current research to practice approaches.  Ohio researchers and practitioners shared innovative approaches to assisting children, youth, and their families who had experienced trauma and victimization.  Certificates, CEUs, and CLEs will be available in October with certificates emailed to qualifying participants.  Presentation materials related to each session can be found under the Training Session Details and Presentation Materials menu below.  For more information, please contact
This  Virtual Research Series was presented September 1st through 29th . 
There is no cost to attend this Virtual Research Series.
Training Session Details and Presentation Materials

Tuesday, September 1 (1-2 P.M.): Who Experiences Violent Victimization and Who Accesses Services? Findings from NCVS for Expanding Our Reach
Presenter: Heather Warnken, Visiting Fellow, U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime & Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Linking Systems of Care Steering Committee, facilitated by Nancy Radcliffe with Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services

Presentation Materials: Who Experiences Violent Victimization and Who Accesses Services
Thursday, September 3 (1-2 P.M.): Joining Forces for Children: Using a Collective Impact Approach to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences
Presenter: Robert Shapiro, MD, Division Director, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, facilitated by Crystal Ward Allen with Casey Family Programs

Presentation Materials: Joining Forces for Children
* Please note the time difference for this session
Thursday, September 10 (Noon-1 P.M.): Leveraging Linked Data to Maximize Healthcare Delivery for Foster Youth 
Presenters: Sarah Beal Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Hamilton County Job and Family Services, Mary Greiner, MD MS, Kristine Flinchum BA Hamilton Co JFS, Alex Duncan BS Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, facilitated by Kathryn G. Wolf, PhD with The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Presentation Materials: Leveraging Linked Data
Tuesday, September 15 (1-2 P.M.): The Needs Portal: A Resource Referral and Management Information System 
Presenters: Elinam D. Dellor, PhD and Bridget Freisthler, PhD, The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, facilitated by Sarah Beal PhD with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Hamilton County Job and Family Services

Presentation Materials: Introducing the Needs Portal
Tuesday, September 22 (1-2 P.M.): Promoting Racial Equity in Child Welfare CQI and Evaluation
Presenters: Miranda Lynch, MS, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Kirk O’Brien, PhD, Senior Director – Research, Casey Family Programs, 
Mary Armstrong, PhD, Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, University of Southern Florida, facilitated by Sally Fitch, MSW LSCOY Consultant

Presentation Materials: Racial Equity in Child Welfare CQI and Evaluation
Thursday, September 24 (1-2 P.M.): Public - Private Collaboration to Transform Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ+ Youth Thriving
Presenter: Dana Prince, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services; Kinnect; Case Western Reserve University, Facilitated by Megan R. Holmes, PhD, MSW, LISW-S with Center on Trauma and Adversity at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Presentation Materials: LGBTQ+ Youth Child Welfare
Tuesday, September 29 (1-2 P.M.): Focusing on Services Gaps and Needs for Ohio’s Traumatized Youth and Crime Victims
Presenters: Jo Simonsen BA ODVN, Sandra Ortega, PhD, CeCe Norwood MA, Nirvana Now!, Facilitated by Kristina Nicholson M.S. with the Office of Criminal Justice Services

Presentation Materials:
Focusing on Service Gaps and Needs for Ohio's Traumatized Youth and Youth Victims of Crime
LSCOY Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis (NAGA) January 2020 
LSCOY Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis (NAGA) Executive Summary
Continuing Education Credits
We have applied for CEUs and CLEs and will be providing certificates for those completing evaluations.
 All sessions have been presented and the registrations are closed.

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