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Month: October 2019

Collaborator Spotlight:
Dr. Michael Hecht

Collaborator Spotlight:
Dr. Michael Hecht

Michael L. Hecht, Ph.D., is the co-president of REAL Prevention LLC. He currently works with Klein Buendel Senior Scientist, Dr. David Buller, on a project entitled, “Feasibility of a Mobile Parent-Based Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use by High School Seniors.” The Phase II SBIR research project is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (AA025293; Dr. Michael Hecht, Principal Investigator).

The program aims to provide an efficient, engaging and effective means to enhance parents’ ability to reduce prevalence of alcohol use and consequences, and other substance use. The program, called Parenting Now (PN), is adapted from the evidence-based Parent Handbook and includes a brief, interactive, self-paced, web-based curriculum for parents of non-college bound high-school-aged adolescents. KB will develop the PN program, which was previously tested in a Phase I trial, and it will include core and optional modules in order to target parents based on their communication style. Parents will be able to customize their experience by choosing or clicking through the optional content. Results will help prepare PN for dissemination through D.A.R.E. America’s new high school program as well as REAL Prevention’s other community-based partners, such as 4-H and Planned Parenthood.

In addition to substance abuse prevention research, Dr. Hecht specializes in developing and evaluating culturally grounded, narrative health messages to engage diverse communities. Through his work on an R01 in the 1990s, called “keepin’ it REAL” (kiR), Dr. Hecht co-founded REAL Prevention and has disseminated and implemented the program in all 50 states and 53 other countries. As co-president of REAL Prevention, Dr. Hecht provides training, consulting, support and evaluation services to organizations interested in adopting of kiR or developing new interventions.

Dr. Hecht earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University. He has won numerous awards, including the Gerald R. Philips Award for Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship, two Distinguished Scholarship Awards for the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association, and the Article of the Year Award for SIETAR. Additionally, Dr. Hecht has served on NIH’s Community-Level Health Promotion Review Group, including being selected as its chair, as well as on numerous editorial boards in communication and other fields.

Denver Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Denver Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards

On September 26, Klein Buendel helped sponsor the 2019 Denver Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards. The event was themed “Together for the Ages” and hosted by the Denver Commission on Aging for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Dr. Barbara Walkosz, KB Senior Scientist, is an appointed member of the Denver Commission on Aging.

By 2030, one in four residents of the city of Denver will be over 60 years of age. The Denver Commission on Aging helps to make Denver the best possible community for older adults through outreach, communication and advocacy, including:

  • Advocating for their rights and concerns
  • Empowering older adults through dissemination of information and sharing community resources
  • Monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting older adults

The Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards is an annual program of the agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships (HRCP). HRCP is the umbrella agency for nine offices and ten commissions that work to create a more just and equitable Denver. Through advocacy, capacity building, collaboration, community engagement, and direct services HRCP works to create lasting change for Denver’s residents. This includes ensuring that people from all corners of the Denver community community are empowered and supported with the innate knowledge that diverse perspectives, skills, and resources strengthen the foundation for lasting solutions.

Inclusivity is the cornerstone of HRCP’s work. They strive to give voices to the voiceless and to create a world class city where everyone matters. Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the community commissioners honored 10 individuals or organizations with the 2019 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards.