Dr. John Bartkowski, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and evaluator of the Mississippi Youth Suicide Prevention Project, Shatter the Silence, will discuss accomplishments and challenges related to the implementation and evaluation of Mississippi’s youth suicide prevention initiative. Although Shatter the Silence will guide much of this discussion, broader lessons pertaining to various types of youth risk prevention programs will also be addressed. Drawing on more than a decade of experience working with state agencies and community-based organizations, Dr. Bartkowski will pinpoint successful strategies for overcoming cultural barriers and resource constraints related to program implementation and evaluation.
- Recognize and disseminate best practices in collaborations among state agencies, community-based organizations, and universities
- Identify and adopt strategies for overcoming cultural barriers and resource constraints with respect to program implementation and evaluation