247510 Mental health promotion partnerships for diverse urban college students: Mapping and mobilizing campus and community resources for educational success and wellness

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ester R. Shapiro, PhD , Psychology, Gaston Institute and HORIZON Center, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston, MA
Kathleen Golden McAndrew, DNP, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAANP, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Health Services , University Health Services, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, MA
Following highly publicized violent incidents by students identified as “distressed and distressing” yet refusing mental health services, college campuses are moving toward health promotion practice frameworks reaching a broader range of students. Commuter university students represent a growing population presenting unique challenges. Urban, primarily ethnic minority, immigrant, and working class commuter students often reject traditional mental health services, prefering to focus on their educational goals. They may be more responsive to help offered by peers or through student-centered campus outreach. A growing number of universities are turning to integrative mental health promotion frameworks and ecological settings approaches which mitigate risks and mobilize protective factors associated with positive educational and mental health outcomes. However, innovative, integrative mental health approaches require complex partnerships addressing diverse student needs while bringing together faculty staff and administrators across the campus and making bridges to diverse communities. This presentation describes an evolving partnership using a health promotion and public health framework and campus-wide dialogues between students, faculty, staff and administrators to develop wellness resources within University Health Services, across the campus, and in the student's communities. The two presenters, a faculty member in Clinical Psychology and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Health Services who is a Nurse Practitioner, describe their collaboration using a student-centered, participatory research planning partnership. This interdisciplinary partnership resulted in design of a peer-resources navigator intervention integrating college peer support and Community Health Worker models addressing health disparities, and campus-wide commitment to wellness as promoting educational success.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Apply health promotion, schools as ecological settings for educational success and wellness, and partnership approaches to mental health services and outreach for diverse urban students Identify challenges and collaboration strategies to bring together student, staff, faculty, administrator and community perspectives across an urban commuter campus Describe design of a peer resource navigators program based on participatory research to connect students to campus-wide and community resources promoting educational success and wellness

Keywords: Mental Health Services, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I work in clinical psychology and public health with college student mental health services using participatory action research partnerships
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.