The CAIRS Board is pleased to announce it will be providing 4 scholarships to the upcoming AIRS conference to CAIRS members in good standing. The scholarships will be paid on a reimbursement basis with a cap of $1,000.
The 2018 AIRS Training conference is June 3 – 6 in Dallas, Texas.
If you haven’t already registered for the AIRS conference, it isn’t too late! If you have already registered, you can still apply for the scholarship.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 CAIRS Scholarship Testimonials
- Once again, thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the 2017 AIRS Conference in Tampa, Florida. I highly recommend that others apply for the CAIRS scholarship next year! In addition to learning more about more about the field that I work in, it was an excellent opportunity to meet people that actually understand what I do and to validate how rewarding this work is. I came back to Sacramento energized and I am looking at my work from a slightly different perspective. Each day was filled with engaging workshops that included topics like taxonomy, social media, disaster management, and how I & R fits into healthcare. I had an “aha” moment at the “How I & R fits into Healthcare” workshop when the presenter shared a situation where a diabetic person was food insecure at the end of the month. The hospital stay was over $16,000, the emergency room visit was over $1,300 and a box of food was $30. I had never thought of what we do in those terms and how that simple box of food saves so much money that could then be used to help others in need. I can’t say enough good things about the presenters at the workshops; they did an excellent job! The workshops were interesting and engaging with a lot of audience participation. I personally have a lot to learn about social media and Emily Lamb the presenter at “Social Media Management Tips and Trick with Limited Resources” provided some really good advice; from establishing a social media strategy to knowing who your audience is to making an editorial calendar for post ideas. I can still hear Steve Eastwood saying “Be consistent!” at the taxonomy workshop. Taxonomy is probably one of the more difficult things to understand for someone new to I & R. Sometimes you can’t find a term that quite fits and sometimes you ask yourself “should I add a target term”? I could tell by the comments and questions that there were people at all different levels of understanding in the class and I am pretty sure that everyone learned something new. Additionally, the “Resource Database Quality Panel” was definitely worth the time! It was a great opportunity to hear how other I & R’s ensure the quality of their resource database and get some great tips. One of the panelists talked about the level of readability for the description; that the average person reads at a 6th grade level. Something else that I was not aware of and I will be more careful when I review the services that a program offers. The idea of reviewing three agencies a month using the audit form was also a great idea! But, my favorite part at that workshop was when the audience was asked how many had verified 100% of their resources in their database annually and only one person raised their hand. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief. I really do appreciate being awarded the CAIRS Scholarship as it allowed me the opportunity to attend the conference and meet some really great people who I have already contacted for advice! Please encourage other to apply and of course, they are always welcome to contact me if they have any questions.
Caroline Chase - Resource Database Technician, 2-1- 1 Sacramento
- I had an amazing experience at the AIRS Conference 2017. I had never been to a national conference prior to this so I didn’t know what to expect. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed after going to the AIRS Conference. I gained an incredible wealth of knowledge and information from the multiple days of workshops and networking meetings. I met and talked with people from all over the country who live and breathe I&R and 2-1-1 programming. We shared our experiences with each other and learned about what each other’s organizations are doing to innovate and grow. On top of all of that, the hotel and overall venue were amazing! The “Night at the Aquarium” event was great too! With all the knowledge, insight, and ideas that gained from the conference, I truly believe that I will be able to apply much of it into my own organization, 2-1-1 Tulare County, and even United Way of Tulare County. I was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I hope that I can continue to attend these conferences in the future as well. Thank you CAIRS for helping make this opportunity a reality for myself and, in turn, for my county!
Sincerely, Martin Nogues, 2-1-1 Tulare County Director, United Way of Tulare County
- I would first like to say that this is my first time attending an AIRS conference and it was amazing! I had the opportunity to participate in workshops filled with invaluable information that shared innovative ideas geared towards the operation of 2-1-1 services. This conference awarded me the opportunity to connect, learn and share ideas with I&R Specialists from various agencies on how to enhance our 2-1-1 program. I especially enjoyed the group discussions that took place during the workshops. I brought back a ton of useful information to share with the Call Specialists at our call center. From the guest speakers that really reminded us all how important the work that we do really is, to the amazing workshops, and the awesome location of the conference, this was an experience to remember! I truly believe that our program will be a better program because of attending. I am so thankful for this conference and all the information that I received.
Irene Fonseca 2-1-1 Kern Supervisor, Community Action Partnership of Kern
- I was honored to be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2017 AIRS conference. It was the professional development in the first degree and afforded me the opportunity to expand my knowledge base. I am thrilled that I know have the opportunity to bring my learning back here to the team at 2-1- 1 Orange County. In my role as the Director of the Collaborative Engagement department, one of the aspects I enjoyed most at the conference was the ability to network with other Alliance members who are working on projects to move the needle in the way clients receive information and referrals services. After attending both the “Beyond Coordinated Entry” session and the “The Road to 360”, I was able to introduce myself to the presenters and we arranged for additional meetings to take a deeper dive in to the work they are doing and how it may correlate to ours. The exchanges of information were a tremendously impactful part of the conference. It is my job to participate in regional initiatives, identify our intersections and find ways to develop and bridge non-traditional partnerships for the good of the community’s health. This scholarship allowed me the chance to broaden my horizons both programmatically and technologically; I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about areas that I had not been exposed to before. Once again, thank you for awarding me this scholarship and for your investment in my professional development. I am committed to the social services field and the work we do here at 2-1- 1 Orange County. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been awarded the generous gift of the CAIRS scholarship and the opportunity to grow.
Kristin Jefferson - Director, Collaborative Engagement, 2-1-1 Orange County