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Self-Help Network Center for Community Support and Research

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Self-Help Network Center for Community Support and Research
1845 Fairmount Box 201
Wichita, KS 67260-0201
United States
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316.978.3843
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316.978.3593
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http://www.selfhelpnetwork.wichita.edu/



Self-Help Network Center for Community Support and Research

Founded in 1985, Self-Help Network was started by Evelyn Middelstadt, a Wichita social worker who recognized the special support and understanding that occurred in self-help groups when she brought together parents of special needs children.

Self-Help Network became a statewide organization in 1989. From the many things they from self-help groups as well as their strengths in conducting research and running an effective organization, the Network soon began to receive requests for assistance from nonprofit organizations and community-based efforts to provide assistance and support in creating and implementing a shared vision for the future and conducting user-friendly outcome and impact evaluations.

Self-Help Network is internationally recognized as a leading self-help group clearinghouse and as a Center for Community Support and Research of Wichita State University dedicated to serving Kansas self-help groups, community coalitions, networks of community members and non-profit health and human service organizations. Their history and special interest is in working with those who are often not given a “seat at the table” when community change is being considered. Their philosophy is based in Robert Greenleaf’s concept of Servant Leadership. As servant leaders they are dedicated to working with Kansans to help them accomplish their desired end-in-mind for positive community change. With an interdisciplinary staff of nearly twenty, they have expertise in a variety of topics including community collaboration, strategic planning, evaluation/outcome research and leadership development. When working with others they take a generalist approach by bringing tools and strategies that are useful regardless of the topic and draw upon best practice approaches of community psychology, social work, business, and public health. Living in the academic world of Wichita State University and working extensively in communities across Kansas, they have come to appreciate the powerful combination of theoretical and research knowledge found at a university coupled with the experiential knowledge of Kansas community leaders. They intentionally draw upon those tools and share them with their partners. They believe that every Kansan has valuable experience and strengths worth sharing with others and so seek intentionally to identify and partner with others also passionate about creating thriving Kansas communities.

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