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Writing Our Stories wins 2012 Government Program Innovation Award

Writing Our Stories wins 2012 Government Program Innovation Award

Writing Our Stories, a partnership program of the Alabama Writers’ Forum and the Alabama Department of Youth Services, won the State/Regional Government Program Innovation Award at a luncheon on May 10, 2012, at the sixth annual Innovative Alabama Governments Awards at the Renaissance Montgomery. Sponsored by the Auburn University at Montgomery Center for Government, the awards honor select recipients for their use of new and innovative methods to help state, county, and municipal government agencies in Alabama that reach new levels of efficiency and responsiveness.

The Forum will share the award with Patient Care Networks of Alabama, an Alabama Medicaid agency. “This is the first time we have had a statistical tie,” said Matthew Duke, senior director of the AUM Center for Government.

“Everyone who has played a role in developing Writing Our Stories is affirmed by this award,” said Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Forum. “Our teaching writers Bart Barton, Priscilla Hancock Cooper, Danny Gamble, and Tony Crunk have done a tremendous job, and our cooperating teachers at all three schools have been fantastically supportive.”

The winners for 2012 are:

Government Program Innovation: State/Regional

Winner: Alabama Writer’s Forum and Alabama Department of Youth Services for Writing Our Stories

Winner: Alabama Medicaid Agency for Patient Care Networks of Alabama

Honorable Mention: Alabama State Employees’ Insurance Board for State Employees Wellness Initiative

Government Program Innovation: Local/County

Winner: District Attorney’s Office Montgomery County for One Place Family Justice Center

Honorable Mention: Alabama Department of Child Abuse Prevention for Jefferson County Pilot Project to Prevent Child Death

Digital Government Innovation: State/Regional

Winner: Alabama Office for Prosecutions Services for National Computer Forensics Institute

Digital Government Innovation: Local/County

Winner: Calhoun County Commission, Revenue Commissioner, and GIS Department for Calhoun GIS Response to the April 27, 2011 Tornado

For more information, visit http://www.iags.aum.edu/.

Photo: Matthew Duke (l) presents the Government Program Innovation Award to Jeanie Thompson and Marlin “Bart” Barton. (Frank C. Williams)