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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

Peer Bridger Pilot

Peer Support Services are an important component in the behavioral health system of care and have been shown to improve outcomes for persons with behavioral health challenges. While peer support has been studied extensively in community programs, relatively little is known about effective implementation in inpatient settings. This project established an innovative pilot for peer […]

Study of the Opportunities for Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Primary Care Integration in Nebraska

Integrating public health, primary care and behavioral health care provides opportunities that can benefit all people in Nebraska. PPC staff members conducted a literature review of promising national practices and performing an environmental scan of innovative integration projects across Nebraska. Staff facilitated workgroup meetings that engaged partners to discuss opportunities and ideas. The workgroup developed […]

Facilitation of Lower Platte South Natural Resources District Workshops

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center partnered with the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute to design and deliver a two part, eight hour futures workshop for the Board of Directors of the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. Faculty from UNL who presented at the workshops included: Nick Brozović (Water for Food Institute), […]

Community Assessment & Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Phase II: Innovation Communities

The Public Policy Center teamed up with several Lincoln organizations to identify behavioral health data that provide insights into community trends. Through this project, existing administrative data was compiled to increase community knowledge about behavioral health and created a context for behavioral health system action. One of four “innovation community” projects across the United States, […]

To Approach Good Choices or To Avoid Bad Choices?: How Approach and Avoidance “Nudge” Policies Affect Public Trust and Policy Support

“Nudges”–small changes in choice architecture–exert powerful effects on behavior. Governments have taken notice and nudge-related laws and policies have been developed to influence citizens. However, little is known about how people perceive these policies. How do various nudges affect trust in the institutions passing the policies? Who embraces such policies and who rejects them? This […]

Great Plains Public Health Training Center Evaluation

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted an evaluation of the Great Plains Public Health Training Center (GPPHTC), one of the nation’s HRSA-funded, congressionally mandated public health training centers. The evaluation was conducted of the first two years of the GPPHTC’s operations, which was based out of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College […]

Early Childhood Mental Health Facilitation – Rooted in Relationships

The PPC provided facilitation to Saline County stakeholders in early childhood mental health to reach the goal of all children ages 0- 5 in Saline County experiencing positive social and emotional growth. The stakeholder group objective was to create a work plan for the county and to select a fiscal agency for a grant through […]

NDHHS Peer Support Credentialing

Peer support credentialing for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) began with focus group work from a previous assessment from the Transformation Technology Initiative (TTI), discovering the need to standardize peer support credentialing efforts in the state. This project facilitated stakeholders, and peers with lived experiences, in the selection of criteria for eventual […]

Gamblers Assistance Program Standards Facilitation

The Gamblers Assistance Program project initiated the facilitation of a work group identified through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Gamblers Assistance Program stakeholders to identify behavioral health clinical supervision standards, best practices, and recommendations for clinical supervision scholarship processes. The group also created a problem gambling credentialing scholarship process to assist […]