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Behavioral/Mental Health Projects
ICH collaborates with a variety of partners on behavioral/mental health projects. Some of our projects include the following:
Evaluating Impact of Behavioral Health Screening on Health Care Utilization
This NIH-funded study between the Institute for Community Health and partners at the Group Health Research Institute, the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explores the relationship between pediatric behavioral health (BH) screening implementation and the quantity and quality of BH care received. This innovative, exploratory, longitudinal study uses an interrupted time series (ITS) design to examine population-level changes in BH care utilization rates in two environments: a local safety net health system and among Medicaid insured children statewide.
East Meets West
East Meets West is a program run by the Chinese Culture Connection of Malden, and funded by the Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation. The program includes monthly workshops for adults and families on topics that are relevant to Asian-Americans, especially recent immigrants. East Meets West also includes a youth component, through which high school students mentor children from two of Malden’s elementary schools. ICH has served as the program evaluator since program inception, helping the Chinese Culture Connection track program components, participant demographics, and outcomes.
For more information on community health improvement initiatives in Malden, please see our partner’s website for Malden Community Health Improvement at the Cambridge Health Alliance.