Mental Health Impact Assessment in Chicago:Using Community Engagement to Create Health Equity
This presentation uses a Chicago-based example to describe the MHIA process and its community engagement approach. Strategies for engaging and sustaining community input will be offered that demonstrate the importance of integrating a community understanding of the social construction of well-being into public policy.
Methods:Adler University conducted a MHIA on an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 'policy guidance' addressing the use of arrest records in decisions to hire staff. The project team used a mixed-methods approach to assess potential mental health impacts of this new policy on a low-income, African American community in Chicago.
Findings: Community input informed policy recommmendations and influenced the process of monitoring of future physical and mental health outcomes.
Implications: Informed community involvement provides a natural opportunity for advocacy when it is applied towards the evaluation of policies and public decisions that impact their lives
Learning Areas:Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Describe the Mental Health Impact Assessment process, outcomes, and strategies for community engagement
Keyword(s): Mental Health, Public Health Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Doctorate in human development & family science, specializing in couple & family therapy. I have been involved in community-based research and worked in communities for over ten years. I have completed 3 health impact assessments.
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.