I read this blog post over at Huffington Post last week on handling conflict. The post is written within the context of the recent bad behavior at healthcare reform townhalls around the country, but it speaks to the issue generally. I thought the author did a nice job of offering some useful tips and some great real-world examples of strategies people are employing.
 

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Truth in advertising. We really need to work harder to make sure these aren't the words we live by, don't you think?
 
As seen over at Supermarket (and soon, my office).
 
[via The Scoop]

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I am pleased to announce that the reports from Dr. Rebecca Campbell and colleagues on the criminal justice impact of SANE programs are now available online. You can read the full report here (or read the summary here). There's also a a step-by-step toolkit for evaluating the work of SANEs in the criminal justice system you can view here.
 
Fantastic.

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Here's an interesting idea: boomerange recruitment. It's essentially the concept of targeting former employees (high-performing ones) to bring back into the organization. After all, these are people with a proven track record, who know the organization and many (if not all) of its leaders.
 

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OVC is holding a free evaluation overview webinar this Friday, August 21st from 1-5pm ET. Apologies for the late notice, but I just found out about it myself. Preregistration is required. Sadly, I have no other information, but I registered for it this morning.
 
BTW, the site says to register by 8/14--I was able to successfully register anyway. I wouldn't wait too long, though.

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For those of you trying to get more SANEs trained, but unable to access a training in your area, or unable to afford to pay for nurses to travel, Duquesne is having an online SANE course beginning September 14th. Cost is $595, but IAFN members get a $50 discount. There are also group rates available. The course is entirely virtual, so there's no requirement to spend any time at Duquesne.
 
You can check out the information about the course here.

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I'm so excited to announce that the website for AEquitas is now live. For those of you unfamiliar with this new project:
 

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I had a reader ask for some basic resources on emergency contraception. Specifically information supporting the argument for using Plan B (a more expensive medication) over Ovral or other combined oral contraceptive pills (which cost pennies). The reader mentioned that from a sustainability perspective, doesn't it make sense to go with the cheaper medication?
 

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We are close to having our next bulletin on writing business plans available, so in anticipation of said forthcoming bulletin, I want to talk briefly about planning in general. Planning is not something into which I've seen many SANE programs put a lot of time and effort, except when forced to do so by a third party, like a potential funder during the grant writing process. I think sometimes we write planning off as a luxury we can't afford, or we just don't think it's necessary for the everyday business of caring for our patients.

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Generating media coverage isn't a skill many people running SANE programs possess. Let's face it--we don't get an opportunity to hone this particular skill set with any regularity. And yet being able to draw attention to our programs, staff and services allows our communities to better get to know us. The more our communities know (and value) our work, the more integral our services become to their infrastructure. It becomes easier to recruit new staff, cultivate potential donors and establish relationships that can benefit our programs and patients.
 

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