The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to be offering its eighth annual training for community-based organizations, NNEDLearn 2018, an opportunity for NNED members to learn and implement evidence-based, adapted, and culturally-specific behavioral health practices. This training model includes an on-site training and follow-up virtual coaching sessions. The on-site training was held April 15-18, 2018 at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.
Congratulations to our NNEDLearn 2018 participants!
Congratulations to the NNED-a-thon winner, Team 2—Changemakers! Twelve teams of NNEDLearn 2018 participants competed in a fast-paced interactive challenge to brainstorm strategies on the use of networks, including the NNED, to assist with eliminating disparities in behavioral health. Teams comprised of individuals from different organizations and representative of all five NNEDLearn 2018 training tracks examined strategies for establishing and reinforcing partnerships to promote community health and well-being. The NNED-a-thon was an opportunity for NNEDLearn 2018 participants to interact with other participants not in their assigned training track and expand the potential for peer-to-peer learning.
Modeled after hack-a-thons that are commonly used by technology innovators to problem-solve, the NNED-a-thon teams had four minutes to present their strategies for enhancing the NNED based on two assigned attributes of a healthy network. Changemakers presented their two attributes—“value” and “capacity to tap the network assets”—and identified concrete strategies for applying each of the attributes to the NNED. The team described multiple values of the NNED, including collaboration, shared learning, acceptance, and skill development. The capacity for NNED members to tap the network assets through utilization of the online discussion forum which allows for continuing conversation with other NNED organizations was emphasized during the team’s presentation. Understanding that multiple doors of entry are needed to maximize the potential to tap the network’s assets, Changemakers highlighted multiple entry points within the NNED for members to access information and connect with each other.
Moving forward, the Changemakers expressed the need to increase clarity of communication across the network. Showcasing the shared values and unique talents of NNED members was proposed to help motivate members to connect with each other. Changemakers reminded everyone that leveraging social media to connect NNED partners and networks is key. The team suggested creating a NNED mobile app, using a single-sign on, social media format to access all features in the website, and marking content with hashtags to make it easier to connect with NNED partners.
We look forward to implementing the feedback as best possible. Thank you to all NNEDLearn 2018 participants for their great work in the 2018 NNED-a-thon!
Recognizing that it takes more than a two-day training to implement new practices or programs, the full NNEDLearn training model consists of four critical components: Prepare (introductory webinars, other readiness activities); Learn (2½ day intensive, face-to-face training); Implement (follow-up virtual coaching sessions, other follow-up activities); and Sustain (efforts to sustain practice, surveys on outcomes/impact). Objectives for each NNEDLearn stage are:
Organizations can propose three to five team members for participation, including one team leader. See the training tracks for more information on participant criteria.
Each organization must submit an application demonstrating readiness, fit and commitment to training and implementation.
SAMHSA will cover travel and lodging for teams to participate in the Learn stage (on-site training in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico). NNED membership is required for NNEDLearn participation. If you are not a NNED member you can sign up now, please allow 24-48 hours for your account to be activated.
Questions? Email NNEDLearn@nnedlearn.net.
Learn about previous NNEDLearn trainings.
Check out last year's NNED-a-thon!
Last year during the on-site NNEDLearn 2017 training in New Mexico, participants collaborated and transformed during the NNED-a-thon! The NNED-a-thon was a new opportunity for NNEDLearn 2017 participants to engage with each other in teams to solve a challenge. NNEDLearn 2017 participants were requested to browse all components of the NNED website prior to their arrival in New Mexico in preparation for the NNED-a-thon. Learn more about the NNED-a-thon.
The following video shows highlights from NNED-a-thon 2017. Participants collaborated to develop strategies focused on enriching the NNED and cultivated approaches focused on implementation and sustainability of best practices learned from the on-site NNEDLearn 2017 meeting!
The NNED-a-thon was a success thanks to all of our NNEDLearn participants and their high energy and engagement!