Advancing Behavioral Health MCW Partner Team (Phase II)

Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative Phase II: Supporting program development and evaluation to develop systems-level change statewide

Full Project Name:Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative MCW Partner Team (Phase II)Primary Academic Partner:Michelle Broaddus, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineAward Amount:$2,742,820
Award Date
Project Duration:60 months

Project Description Narrative:

The MCW Partner team serves as part of AHW's Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative, an eight-year, $20 million initiative bringing together 10 community coalitions from across Wisconsin to address pressing mental health needs within their communities.

The team consists of faculty and staff from the Center for AIDS Intervention Research, a center of the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. The MCW Partner Team works with each of the 10 community coalitions to provide evaluation support and guidance to each community as they implement their Phase II plans. In addition to providing consultation for program development and evaluation, the MCW Partner Team aims to develop broader systems-level change to reduce fragmentation and result in durable, integrated and sustained improvement in behavioral health outcomes statewide.

Project Updates:

  • Supported all AHW Advancing Behavioral Health Initiative projects in transitioning from the planning phase to the implementation phase of the initiative, collaborating with each funded project to determine best strategies for ethical collection of necessary data, obtaining and maintaining IRB approval to support each project's individual evaluation needs; began support of individual project evaluation through data collection and analysis, assisting projects as data collection and indicators may change throughout the course of a long-term project
  • Established initiative-wide evaluation framework, launching strategies to evaluate the initiative and coalitions through interviews, quarterly summary tools (QSTs), and yearly coalition member surveys; provided coalition staff with summary of unique themes in order to advance coalition-building and capacity-building across projects; used findings to conduct preliminary analysis and produce a framework for a Coalition Typology to inform current project work and inform future coalition-led work throughout the state
  • Established regular structure of workgroup meetings, leading workgroups around evalution, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and policy and advocacy and more, serving not only as thought partners but trusted advisors on these topics and additional work acorss the coalitions
  • Established one-on-one and paired project/group consultations with projects and partners, including in-person site visits, to contribute to facilitate cross-coalition interaction, assistance, and sharing of ideas; supported group and individual capacity building in areas such as qualitative analyses, data management, human subject protection in research and IRB processes
  • Leveraged learnings from ABH initiative work to increase team's capacity for designing systems-level approaches and outcome measurement, developing strategies for mobilizing communities to address behavioral health issues, and programming for scalability
  • Conducted strategic visioning to support initiative and funded coalitions in planning for the final phase of the projects
  • Began establishing Academic Partner Team planning for final year of Phase II and proposed strategies for Phase III
  • Leveraged partnerships with funded projects on additional work and future projects to continue to advance mental health outcomes in Wisconsin, securing grant funding to support this work

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