Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of the 2015-2016 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with Carver County. The Central School District in Norwood Young America, located in west-central Carver County, experienced two public suicides in 2012. In addition to the suicides, students in the district reported higher-than-average mental health issues on several state assessments. Both the School District and the County were looking for ways to improve mental health services available to students. Carver County project lead Samantha Downs collaborated with two master of public health students in the Public Health Administration and Policy program to complete a community mental health needs assessment. Their research showed that students would benefit from animal-based therapy in schools, a mental awareness campaign, and a media-based campaign to promote existing mental health services. The students' final report, poster, and presentation are available.
Report, poster, and presentation completed in spring 2016 by a School of Public Health student enrolled in PUBH 7784: Public Health Administration and Policy Master's Project (Dr. Donna McAlpine, advisor), in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master of public health degree.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.
Howard, Ellen; Linden, Erin.
Mental Health Needs Assessment for the Central School District in Norwood Young America, MN.
Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.
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