Developing an Early Childhood Mental Health Needs Assessment in a Rural Region
Implementing a public health approach to improving behavioral health outcomes while balancing the needs of a rural community, the existing resources in that community, and the capacity and support of state agencies is a complex endeavor with multi-faceted barriers. This is particularly evident when the majority of state funded programs are geared toward urban populations and are either not physically located in the rural area or are insufficient to meet the needs of the rural community. Many of the existing barriers to service utilization are compounded in a rural context, such as lack of personal and/or public transportation.
Through the development of a community-based, participatory needs assessment that incorporated stakeholder perspectives of state and local agencies, as well as families, Indiana Project LAUNCH was able to strategically focus the project towards the identified gaps in services and imminent needs in Southeastern Indiana. This presentation will describe the needs assessment development and will demonstrate that these processes are critical to creating a comprehensive framework for implementing a public health model in a rural region.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the differences in urban and rural mental health issues as they relate to improving service infrastructure, practice, and policy for young children (0-8) and their families.
Keyword(s): Rural Health, Needs Assessment
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Project Director for the evaluation Indiana Project LAUNCH, since the beginning of Indiana University's evaluation grant award. The project focuses on early childhood mental health through the following five strategies: mental health consultation, screening and referrals, primary care and mental health integration, trainings and mental health promotion, and family strengthening and support. These strategies are being implemented in a rural region in Indiana.
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.