The January 2021 edition of the Policy Research Associates’ monthly newsletter included announcements, publications, and the latest posts from the PRA blog.

This newsletter contained the following headlines:

  • PRA’s 2020 Year in Review
  • Applications Now Open: ARDRAW Small Grant Program Offering $10,000 Stipends to Graduate Researchers
  • New Resource: Graphic Recording Notes From the Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Throughout the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
  • New Article in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services Explores Using Nudges to Support Well-Being for Individuals With Behavioral Health Needs
  • PRA Awarded Silver-Level Recognition in AHA’s 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index
  • The Health Benefits of Strengthening Social Connections

Each year, PRA assembles a Year in Review to reflect on all that we accomplished in the previous year and to shared our plans for the year ahead. Among our big news this year, we refine our company’s values and guiding principles to intentionally and comprehensively address our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); highlight our business goals; and underscore our company culture. View the full webpage to learn more!

The Social Security Administration is awarding graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation, and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships Between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program. The objective of ARDRAW is to foster new analyses of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability, by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students. Applications are due by February 26, 2021.

In December 2020 Policy Research, Inc. hosted a panel discussion to explore how criminal justice and behavioral health systems can integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into their practices and systems. This discussion was made possible with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. Graphic recording notes from this session are now available for on-demand access. These notes highlight common challenges, key questions to consider, and strategies for action in an at-a-glance format.

A new article co-authored by Senior Project Associate Dr. Crystal Brandow has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. “Nudges to Support Health and Wellness for Individuals Served by Behavioral Health Programs” explores the value of nudges to address health and wellness concerns experienced by people in behavioral health programs. Individuals served by behavioral health programs experience risk factors that threaten their health and longevity. This article was authored by Patricia B. Nemec, Psy.D., CRC, CPRP; Margaret Swarbrick, Ph.D., FAOTA; Amy Spagnolo, Ph.D., CPRP; and Crystal L. Brandow, Ph.D.

PRA has achieved silver-level recognition in the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) 2020 Workplace Health Achievement Index. AHA developed the Workplace Health Achievement Index for organizations to comprehensively assess the health of their workplace and their workforce. AHA’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows organizations to qualify for bronze, silver, or gold-level recognition based on their total index score.

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