Projects - current and future

Current Projects

We Live Here - Strengthening community relationships through identity stories
This project cultivates community connections by collecting, editing, and sharing excerpts from interviews with people who have had diverse experiences with marginalization in the Humboldt Bay area. The intention is to bring forth empathic responses in listeners as they bear witness to stories about people who live in their community. This project will be ongoing as long as there is funding to continue gathering interviews and editing them.

Note: The original plan for this project was halted due to COVID-19 and transformed into We Live Here: Humboldt Families Coping with COVID-19. With additional funding We Live Here can continue to collect and share stories.

Northwestern California Rural and Tribal Behavioral Health Stipend Program (2021-2025)
This grant through the Federal Health Resources Services Administration will expand the number of professionals working with persons in high need and high demand rural, vulnerable, and medically-underserved communities by providing team-based primary/behavioral health care training, rural/Tribal experiential training placement opportunities, a $10,000 stipend, and post-graduation employment search assistance for 34 advanced year Master of Social Work students over the project performance period.

Naloxone (Narcan®) training and distribution
As an approved State of California trainer and provider, the Institute trains people on administration of the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone (Narcan). Each trainee receives two doses of naloxone to use if they encounter an opioid overdose in the course of their work. This project will continue as long as there is funding to sustain it.

Evidence-Based Panhandling
The Institute continues to distribute pocket-sized and weather-proofed cards that aim to increase the amount of money people engaged in panhandling receive, decrease incidence of conflict between people panhandling and law enforcement, and decrease incidence of conflict between people solicited and those soliciting (thereby leaving both parties feeling safer and more respected).

Read the "white paper" here.


Projects in Need of Funding

Intellectual Humility and Service
Intellectual humility is a concept receiving increased attention in a variety of fields and it is a specific area of funding interest for The Templeton Foundation (a former funder of the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute). One way to think about intellectual humility is the ability to admit that one might be wrong, or at least lacks full knowledge of a situation to be categorically right. With funding, the Institute will explore the role and effect of intellectual humility in altruistic and prosocial behavior, particularly with people who work in professional helping contexts and in retail/service industries looking for effective communication outcomes with high-needs individuals.