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Mental Health Matters: Promoting Resilience for Chippewa Valley Youth

Promoting youth resilience in the Chippewa Valley

Full Project Name:Mental Health Matters: Promoting Resilience for Chippewa Valley YouthPrimary Community Organization:Eau Claire City-County Health DepartmentPrimary Academic Partner:Michelle Broaddus, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineAward Amount:$300,000
Award Date
Project Duration:24 months

Project Description Narrative:

Phase three of the Mental Health Matters coalition of Chippewa Valley's Advancing Behavioral Health initiative focuses on promoting youth resilience in the Chippewa Valley through sustained efforts from the coalition's previous two phases. Phase three will provide an opportunity to take the coalition's important and impactful work in education/awareness, mindfulness, and data to partnering organizations to sustain further progress toward improving youth mental health.

Phase three of this initiative will also involve gathering best practices and lessons learned from the previous phases to disseminate for replication, modification, and sustainability in various formats, with various stakeholders, and in various communities.

By working with youth-serving professionals, organizations, and the community, the strategies and specific aims of the proposed phase-three work will positively impact the mental health and resilience of youth in the Chippewa Valley and beyond, as measured by the locally developed youth mental health scorecard.

Community partners: Chippewa County Public Health Department, Chippewa County Department of Human Services, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership, Eau Claire Area School District, Eau Claire County Department of Human Services, Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Eau Claire Healthy Communities, Eau Claire Police Department, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, Joining our Neighbors Advancing Hope (JONAH), Marshfield Clinic Health System, Security Health Plan, Mayo Clinic Health System, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley

Project Updates:

  • Developed a community of practice to sustain mindfulness efforts with a local educational organization agreeing to provide backbone support for continued meetings and the annual Mindfulness Day for Educators
  • Made progress to sustain the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) county-level reports and Youth Mental Health Scorecards in both Chippewa and Eau Claire counties through the agreement from the health departments to take the lead on creating and disseminating this important data in the future
  • Enhanced the "Shaping Destiny" video to include additional youth-serving professionals and youth with diverse backgrounds
  • Leveraged 260 hours of volunteer support through coalition member involvement and backbone support

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