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FHI Turns 15

15 years ago, a small nonprofit organization aimed at providing “Life Skills Education” was launched in Louisville, Colorado. Over the years, that organization has evolved to become the Financial Health Institute, the premiere financial health and personal economics education provider throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

For 15 years, we have designed, developed and implemented quite a bit of innovative and effective financial health and economic education. We have worked with a wide range of participants from d...

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Curriculum Development at FHI

This summer, FHI’s curriculum development team has been working on numerous projects, including a series of asynchronous online courses focused on different significant points in a marriage: divorce, and a marriage impacted by an unexpected major financial event, or economic shock. The courses focus on the economics of divorce and co-parenting, from the beginning stages… Continue reading Curriculum Development at FHI

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Trauma Informed Organizations

It’s wonderful to see how many people are learning about Trauma-Informed Care in order to provide services that are responsive to the needs of their clients. There is a growing awareness that we need to take care of ourselves, too, in order to continue to provide quality services (and to become more resilient in our… Continue reading Trauma Informed Organizations

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How Does Motivational Interviewing Relate to Financial Health?

How does Motivational Interviewing (MI) relate to financial health? Many people think of MI as a counseling technique or an approach to working with addictions, but it’s really an approach for helping people make changes in their life. In the words of Bill Miller, “Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, goal-oriented method of communication for eliciting… Continue reading How Does Motivational Interviewing Relate to Financial Health?

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Digital Access is Fundamental

by Joanne McLain More and more, we are realizing that digital competencies are an essential part of financial health. Our society functions online for so much of what we need in life, from interacting with government agencies, to shopping for food and clothes, to getting a job and performing on the job, to education and… Continue reading Digital Access is Fundamental

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A Plethora of Passwords

By Kelley Presley, Curriculum Development Specialist and Tech Coach With so much of our personal, confidential information being stored and shared online, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the passwords we use to secure our online accounts. Passwords are your defense between your sensitive information and those who may be trying to… Continue reading A Plethora of Passwords

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Making Real Connections

In the middle of difficult situations, navigating difficult materials and having meaningful and sometimes very difficult conversations – we never forget that there is a real person who is receiving our services.

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Thriving in a Virtual World

We have had a busy summer adapting and adjusting to the changes around us and, as a result, we are thriving in our virtual world! We want all of you to thrive along with us, so we have several new projects that we are ready to share, as well as one major exciting announcement. Let’s… Continue reading Thriving in a Virtual World

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Financial Health in Challenging Times

Hello friends and colleagues! I hope this correspondence finds everyone doing well, staying safe and healthy! A statistic that we have frequently referenced in the past indicated that over 60% of Americans didn’t have the savings to cover a $500 emergency.  Obviously, none of us knew that we were on the precipice of a significant… Continue reading Financial Health in Challenging Times

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FHI Has Experience with Integrating Online Learning into Our Training

The last six weeks have been pretty crazy and we know you’ve been hit with a ton of correspondence from different organizations. The whole situation has been overwhelming for sure, and the stress makes it harder to focus on learning. I hope that this newsletter finds you, your organizations and families all doing well. We… Continue reading FHI Has Experience with Integrating Online Learning into Our Training

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A Great Start for 2020

Happy New Year! I hope that 2020 is off to a great start for you and your organizations. We had an amazing year in 2019 and we will be publishing our annual report at the end of this month highlighting some of our accomplishments.  Two big projects that we will continue to grow in 2020… Continue reading A Great Start for 2020

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The Leadership Academy

Beginning September 1st, 2019, the Financial Health Institute will launch The Leadership Academy (for Health and Human Services), an innovative approach to integrating a competency-based, comprehensive learning experience into professional development where outcomes can be tracked over time. As I am sure you are aware, there are many potential frustrations when you consider how training and… Continue reading The Leadership Academy

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What Can We Do About the Cliff Effect?

Over the past several months, as I’ve delivered the Frameworks in Financial Health class across Colorado, I’ve noticed a tremendous appetite for conversations about how we might better impact/inform policy. The curiosity usually starts from a conversation we have about the economic value of benefits, which then leads into a conversation about the “cliff effect.”… Continue reading What Can We Do About the Cliff Effect?

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From Organizational Scarcity to Integrated Learning

We all know what scarcity feels like, but how does it impact our lives and what can we do about it? And how does scarcity impact the organizations that are helping people address the scarcity in their lives? In 2013, Mullainathan and Shafir released a book about it called, naturally enough, Scarcity. The research and findings… Continue reading From Organizational Scarcity to Integrated Learning

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Our Evolving Organization

I’m pretty excited! On February 27th, FHI turned 12 years old. Of course, we haven’t always had the same name, and we have evolved a lot over that time. I will spare you a long list of accomplishments, but I am proud of the work we have done and the great training we have provided. Perhaps… Continue reading Our Evolving Organization

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Be The Change

One of the questions that we are most frequently asked at FHI is “how do you begin the conversation about money with a client?”   I think this question is very interesting and revealing.  Stick with me for a minute and let me see if I can work my way back around to this… A statistic… Continue reading Be The Change

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Conversations in Economic Mobility

An Apology – sort of: I think a typical blog starts with an apology for not having written something sooner!  Okay – so it’s later than expected, but here it is.  And just so everyone knows, for the blog/newsletter topics for 2019, I am going to be focusing my efforts around the concept of Economic Mobility. … Continue reading Conversations in Economic Mobility

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