Community ResourcesKansas self-help groups. It also provides opportunities for research in the self-help community.
Current grants awarded to the Community Program
Advance Directive Grant: This project combines an educational intervention with an exploration of the barriers and incentives to completing advance directives: e.g., living wills and durable power of attorney for health care decisions. The educational intervention is geared toward couples who are healthy and is being implemented in religious settings where people have a sense of safety in discussing these issues. The research is intended to identify the psychological motivations and barriers associated with people completing advance directives. Positive motivations include wanting to reduce decision making burden on family members, and barriers include discomfort with discussing mortality. Couple's decision making processes are a focus of the research as well. The project is being implemented by a coalition of groups which included the departments of psychology and nursing at Wichita State University, Congregational Health Ministries (parish nursing) of Via Christi Health Systems, Interfaith Ministries of Wichita, and Kansas Health Ethics, Inc. The project is funded by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.
Community LinksCommunity Psychology Net
Web of Addictions
American Psychological Association
The APA Monitor Online
The Society for Prevention Research
Prevention Science and Methodology Group
Early Career Preventionists Network
Oregon Research Institute
The Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities