Omaha, NE. Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. is pleased to announce it was awarded a two-year grant for $121,200 from United Way of the Midlands to support its Behavioral Health Services. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, CDHC will provide outreach and additional behavioral health services in nontraditional sites such as churches, after school programs or through home-based therapy. CDHC will also provide consultation to teachers regarding classroom management and work directly with students to develop social skills to decrease classroom disruptions, increase classroom connectedness and increase overall academic performance. Finally, in order to increase workforce and classroom readiness among its clients, CDHC’s behavioral health program places a special emphasis on addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and providing Trauma-Informed Care for all clients. CDHC has discovered that these tools increase overall compliance regarding treatment.
Charles Drew Health Center’s mission is to provide “quality comprehensive health care in a manner that acknowledges the dignity of the individual, the strength of the family and the supportive network of the community.” To this end, the CDHC Behavioral Health Services provides much needed behavioral health care to underserved, uninsured, homeless, and vulnerable members of the community. The CDHC target area is among the most racially diverse areas in Douglas County. While minorities account for only 13 percent of the County’s total population, the CDHC Target Area is 45 percent African American, 42 percent white, and 2.5 percent Asian American. The area experiences the highest rates of poverty (17.5 percent) and unemployment (16.1 percent) in Douglas County. Furthermore, African Americans living in the target area are among the poorest in the nation, ranking first nationally in African American childhood poverty.
In addition, the CDHC target area experiences the highest rates of unemployment (16.1 percent), low educational attainment (18 percent of women of childbearing age have less than a high school education), and reported at-risk health behaviors in Douglas County. Only 49.7 percent of residents in the CDHC target area own their own home and the average household income ($35,321.25) lags far behind the rest of the city.
With the help of this grant, Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. will: (1) increase the number of “warm handoffs” amongst adolescents, in which a primary care provider directly introduces the client to the behavioral health provider at the time of the client’s medical visit, by 25 percent; (2) increase by 50% the number of school-aged behavioral health patients served by CDHC that will demonstrate a reduction in behavioral health symptoms; (3) conduct seven Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) trainings for local teachers and faculty; and (4) conduct seven trainings focusing on classroom management skills for local teachers and faculty.
With funding by United Way of the Midlands, Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. Behavioral Health Services will continue to impact the lives of parents, families and students in Metropolitan Omaha as evidenced by the CDHC Mission Moment, featuring a local parent sharing her experience with the CDHC Behavioral Health team. Her comments can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_58kof7fwI.
“United Way’s support for behavioral health services has been instrumental in our ability to expand behavioral health services in Douglas County and to make meaningful and lasting change in the lives of our families and in our community. Our collaboration with United Way of the Midlands is essential to our desire to promote mental health through direct services, advocacy and education. On behalf of our providers and staff, I offer sincere thanks and appreciation to all who continue to support United Way with your annual gifts,” said Kenny D. McMorris, MPA, CHCEF, Chief Executive Officer of Charles Drew Health Center, Inc.
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About Charles Drew Health Center Inc.:
Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. (CDHC) was incorporated in 1983 as the first federally-qualified community health center in Nebraska. For the past 33 years, CDHC has provided affordable health care in Metropolitan Omaha for individuals and families with limited or no health insurance coverage. True to its mission, CDHC remains dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive health care in a manner that acknowledges the dignity of the individual, the strength of the family and the supportive network of the community. To learn more about CDHC’s medical, dental, pharmacy, and behavioral health services, along with other health care programs, visit www.CharlesDrew.com.