We work with a variety of groups and organizations across the state of Indiana to help improve outcomes for individuals, children, and families. We’ve evaluated a number of federally funded grant projects that focused on improving systems to better support young children and their families. We’ve collaborated with community coalitions in more than ten counties to provide capacity-building technical assistance, strategic planning, and evaluation within a “collective impact” framework designed to address specific issues or barriers to health and well-being. We’ve also partnered with Systems of Care in Southeastern and Northern Indiana with support from federal and local foundation grants to assess and ensure the effective coordination of services for children and youth within multiple systems.
Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is in its fifth year of federal grant funding with the Indiana State Department of Health and the non-profit, One Community One Family. This early childhood public health program and its evaluation seeks to ensure the wellness of young children and their families in an eight county region in Southeastern Indiana through prevention and mental health promotion activities, awareness building, workforce development, improved access to evidence-based programs and high quality care, as well as enhanced coordination and collaboration across child-serving systems.
Partners: One Community One Family, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation, and Ohio Valley Opportunities.
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program is in its fifth year of federal funding to enhance Healthy Families Indiana and Nurse Family Partnerships home visiting programs. These programs promote maternal and child health and development among families at-risk through training, screenings, assessment, and referral coordination to community services. The evaluation of these programs assists state agency and local program administrators with program improvement and informs policy makers regarding the impact and sustainability of the Indiana MIECHV program.
Partners: Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Child Services, Healthy Families Indiana, and Indiana Nurse Family Partnerships.
Milan School Mental Health Integration:
This project evaluates the implementation of the STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand) program that promotes physical and mental health along with the prevention of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, violence/bulling, academic failure, school suspension, and drop out. As part of an individualized Student Assistance Program (SAP), trained coordinators provide counseling to small groups of students and individual students and includes a strong referral component to identify problems early and refer students to appropriate resources in the community. Additionally, the school-wide component, Move2Stand targets the prevention of bullying and harassment.
Partners: One Community One Family, Milan Community Schools.
Elkhart System of Care:
"Elkhart County System of Care Expansion: No Wrong Door," to enhance the capacity of The SOURCE, Elkhart's system of care (SOC). The Project expands SOC reach and depth by strategic infrastructure expansion and development of services to youth 0-17 with significant mental health challenges. In the area of service development, three priorities were identified for this project: early childhood mental health consultation; screening, assessment and diversion of youth with mental health concerns from restrictive services like juvenile detention; and early identification and intervention with at risk youth in schools and youth serving agencies.
Elkhart Partnership for Children:
The Partnership for Children project is an outgrowth of the Elkhart System of Care. This evaluation study will consist of validating and expanding preliminary findings reported for the wraparound themed approach focused on mental health literacy and early intervention among youth-serving agencies in Elkhart County.
Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns):
One Community One Family will address infant mortality through a three-tiered approach, implementing prenatal care coordination to address high-risk populations. Key elements include the Incredible Years parenting program, trauma and depression screenings, and increase provider capacity through trainings and consultation to address at-risk populations. Outreach efforts and education will address the general population. (2 year project period)
Partners: One Community One Family and Choices Coordinated Care Solutions.
- Substance Abuse Prevention