According to a study by the Partnership for Preventative Care, racial and ethnic minorities receive the least amount of preventive care in the United States. Our Prevention & Educational Development programs address the persistent physical, social, and emotional well-being needs in the community. We strive to increase health and wellness at every age; from offering support to new mothers, to providing (at no cost to the public) health and nutrition screenings, our evidence-based, preventive programs help improve the quality of life for community members.
Mental health support for youth and families provides research-based mental health preventive care for children (Pre-K through grade 3) at four community schools. Staff offers academic supports to children who show evidence of behavioral, emotional and/or academic problems in the class setting. The program also delivers individualized and group parent counseling to reinforce the pivotal role of parent engagement with the child’s academic progress.
Health and nutrition education for everyone through nutrition workshops, physical fitness activities and cooking classes; parent education and training; and health screenings. Programs are provided both on site and in the community at elementary schools, our Fitness 4 Kids Health Fair, and other local events, and are designed to address prevention issues such as childhood obesity, health, and nutrition.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and certification to help individuals identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Those complete certification as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Association House also offers Continuing Education Units (CEU) for licensed professionals. Read more about Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Training.
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