Just a reminder that we still have a handful of spots available for the leadership and management workshop we will be doing at IAFN in Atlanta this year. The workshop will be all day on Saturday, Oct. 24th. If you have any interest in attending, please register soon. Among the topics we will be covering:

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We frequently make recommendations about matters of communication in the sustainability project: annual employee evaluations, staff meetings, and unfortunately sometimes, even staff terminations. It's definitely a skill to effectively communicate as a program manager; it's an even greater skill to effectively deliver bad news within that role.

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I'm excited to announce that I will be hosting a web forum on sustainability for OVC on September 30th from 2-3pm ET. The session is free and doesn't require advanced registration. You can find information on how to participate here. And for those of you who aren't available to participate live, there are opportunities to submit your questions in advance--everything is archived for later review.
 

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If you were unable to attend NSAC last week, or just didn't get to my session, and would like a copy of the slides, you can find them here. To print them out, simply click on the More tab on the upper left corner of the slides and in the drop down menu, you'll see an option to print.

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Posting may be a bit light this week while I'm at the NSAC conference in Alexandria. For those of you attending, please stop by and say hello--you'll be able to find me presenting 2 sessions this week, including one on Sustainability.
 
Hope to see you there!

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I'm pleased to be able to present a new Coordinator Q&A today from Emily Huggins at the Wellspan Health York Hospital Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program in York, PA. I was thrilled to have this show up in my inbox, as I have spent some time with several of the staff from this program and know what a good crew it is.
 
(A quick word on formatting today: I am stuck using a computer other than my own and it's making things look a bit wonky, so my apologies if this isn't as pretty as it normally would be.)
 

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One of the frequent recommendations we make when we work with struggling sites is to make yourself visible. So many programs are relatively unknown to the surrounding community; getting the word out about available services is really critical. A website is one simple way to make that happen. But does your website really convey the message (or portray the image) you want?
 

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Check out this great (and short) post over at the Leadership at Work blog about why leaders should lighten up in the face of this grim economy. With grant funds being cut and more hospitals decreasing their support of SANE programs, I whole-heartedly agree with the advice he gives.

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The Family Justice Center Alliance is hosting a webinar, September 10th at 9am Pacific: Setting Up a Foundation or 501(c)3 to Support a Family Justice Center (FJC). Although it's going to be talking about the FJC model, that model does include medical-forensic care, and may be particularly useful for programs looking to make a move to a more community-based (or independent nursing service) set up.

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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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