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Extending Your Reach: Effective Strategies for Including Traditionally Hard to Reach Populations in Your Services, Evaluation, and Research

Take a look at the highlights of our "Hard to Reach" Populations conference!

Many thanks to the CECH crew, headed by JP Leong, for filming and editing this video.

Lindner Center

May 4th, 2015

Evidence Based Practice Conference
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Faculty Club, Richard E. Lindner Center

The University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center (UCESC), along with PreventionFIRST!, the Drug Free Action Alliance and the BGSU Community of Care Coalition, seeks to strengthen prevention and wellness practices throughout Ohio by hosting a conference on collecting data from, and delivering services to, traditionally labeled as “hard-to-reach” populations. The conference is sponsored by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS). The effective implementation of any evidence-based program requires that practitioners have a clear understanding of the defining characteristics of the population they want to serve and that they are able to locate and collect data specific to those populations.

This conference is designed to help attendees clearly identify populations of interest and collect data from groups that might be traditionally characterized as “hard-to-reach.” The goal of the conference will be to increase the ability of prevention practitioners, researchers, and evaluators in Ohio to more effectively (a) reach potentially under-served members of their communities and (b) implement appropriate evidence-based practices.

In addition, a toolkit of useful approaches, methodologies and documents will be provided that will guide users on how to connect evidence-based practice with hard-to-reach populations.

No Charge to Attendees – space is limited so register soon!

 5.5 Continuing Education hours for Social Work, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, RNs/LPNs, and Psychologists.

For more information and registration, please visit the DFAA website: https://www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/calendar/event/167. Lunch is included.



  • Dimensions and dynamics of “hard to reach” populations


  • Defining your “hard to reach” population


  • Identifying reasons for non-engagement


  • Sampling and engagement strategies

 Jerry Jordan & Jacinda Dariotis
UC Evaluation Services Center

Pat Clifford
Clifford Consulting

Zach Thomas
Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services

 Liliana Rojas-Guyler
UC Health Promotion & Education

 Michelle Dillingham
Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition

 Melissa Thomas

 Mary Francis,
Interact for Health

 Amy Eldridge
Kaleidoscope House

 Kieran Hurley
Veterans' Treatment Court and Mental Health Court

 Shirley May
Cincinnati VA Medical Center


University of Cincinnati

Richard E. Lindner Center (Faculty Club, 8th floor)
2751 O'Varsity Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221

Continental Breakfast and Registration from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Map of Campus

Parking is available in the Corry, Calhoun Garage, or the CCM Garage. Attendee Cost: $10 for the day

Hotels convenient to the conference:

Hampton Inn
Kingsgate Marriot

Conference Flyer (PDF format)

By registering for the conference, you consent to the use by the University of Cincinnati of any photograph or video in which you appear, including for promotional purposes, in print, digital, or other format, without notice or compensation to you.

Participants with Disabilities or Special Needs

If you have a disability or special needs that may affect your participation at the conference, please contact Emilie Brown, EBrown@DrugFreeActionAlliance.org or (614)540-9985 ext 20, prior to the conference, to discuss your requirements.

Location: Cincinnati, OH