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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:$2,742,820.00
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.

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:

  • Created an implementation catalog of community coalition strategies to support replication of successful strategies by other communities
  • Conducted global evaluation efforts with the community coalitions and backbone staff to understand the strengths and areas for improvement when implementing collective impact approaches
  • Convened community coalitions to support bidirectional learning and collaborative efforts, including a Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) workgroup, Trilogy navigation site workgroup, and a project evaluators workgroup
  • Collaborated with two community coalitions to publish manuscripts

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