STAR Center News

STAR Center In Action-
December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!

The STAR Center was in Austin, Texas this month working with Peer Run Organizations from across Texas! The Peer Run Organization Project is an exciting initiative of Via Hope that brings together executive directors and board members of peer run organizations on a quarterly basis to focus on their organizational development and sustainability. In collaboration with leadership from Via Hope, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Texas Mental Health and Substance Use Division, the STAR Center facilitated a dialogue on Organizational Sustainability and Collaboration Across Peer Run Organizations in both mental health and substance use recovery communities. It was an exciting conversation and opportunity for everyone involved.

STAR of the Month

The STAR Center features young people every month from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Ryann Tanap from Arlington, VA. Check out her story!

STAR Center Podcast

STAR001: Authenticity Is The Key: Interview With Ryann Tanap


Our STAR Center Podcast kick off episode 001 is all about Authenticity - the most important thing to remember about telling your story. Ryann Tanap, recently recognized as one of the 2016 PR News Rising Stars under 30, illustrates the point with her own story!

Thanks for listening and we can't wait to share our next STAR Center podcast episode with you next month!

Featured Youth Leadership Resource is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

Success Factor Analysis is a new organizational assessment process designed by Public Interest Management Group specifically for nonprofits. The process evaluates of a wide range of organizational practices and attributes, and associates these factors with organizational performance, health and overall success. The methodology incorporates data analysis and a new standardized metric for nonprofit organizational health, the Organizational Success Index (OSI). In the assessment process, Nonprofits learn about their strengths and weaknesses relative to similar organizations, and get clear direction on strategies to improve their performance.

Research Updates


U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy published a report on an emerging public health threat affecting our country. E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General is the 33rd Surgeon General’s report in 53 years to address the impact of tobacco on health. It is the first to focus on e-cigarettes.  




The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources (Compendium) is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations. The Compendium was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity.

STAR Center Virtual Learning Opportunities

Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Call

Equity and Inclusion in Leadership for People of Color is a national live streaming networking conference for people interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders.

Register now for the next call on January 18, 2017 from 2-3pm ET/11-12 PT!

Secrets of Sustainability Series: Managed Care 101
Are you concerned about the sustainability of your organization?

Is your organization considered a peer or family run organization?

Are you in an executive management or governance role in your organization?

If you answered yes to these questions, register now  for the next session with Chacku Mathai and Edye Schwartz on January 19, 2017 at 2-3pm ET/11-12 PT.

Learning Objectives:

In this live and interactive Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP), executive and governance leaders for peer and family run organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other about:
•    strategic and business planning in the current environment
•    supporting major transitions in board governance models
•    assessing organizational readiness for change
•    creating value propositions
•    anticipating and negotiating for roles in new financing  opportunities

Collaborative Leadership Series: Working Across the Divides 

Are you interested in strengthening your collaborative leadership skills?

Are you hoping to bridge the divides in your community?

Register now  for the next session with Chacku Mathai on January 20, 2017 at 2-3pm ET/11-12 PT!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the opportunities and challenges for collaboration in systems transformation
  • Identify the benefits of intersectionality as a core value for leadership development
  • Develop core collaborative leadership skills for community building across differences in social identities, values and lived experiences
  • Identify strengths and areas for improvement in collaborative leadership skills

Have a resource to share?
Please do!

We encourage you or your organization to submit a resource for the STAR Center to share. The STAR Center fosters a community of people and organizations interested in sharing information and resources to build a thriving leadership network. Please email your suggested resource(s) by including an attached document or link to Please consider sharing your resource with the STAR Center community today!
This material was developed [in part] under grant SM062551 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS. 

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