Our current work
Oregon State University is developing a multi-pronged approach to promote the mental and behavioral health of youth and families at the community and policy levels that strategically leverages our resources.
Utilizing the Oregon State Extension Service platform in counties throughout the state, we propose engaging with communities to
One strategy is to identify, hire and train community members to work as community health workers with specialty training in mental and behavioral health. These workers can be added to the staff of county-based Extension offices to work in their communities on mental and behavioral health issues, having full access to the resources and support of local and state Extension services and Oregon State faculty. Regional health professionals and campus faculty members can be hired to provide support and expertise to local workers.
Based on the successful parenting education hubs for young children, we propose developing, evaluating and implementing virtual family education resource centers to address the communication and other parenting needs of families with youth.
We propose developing and implementing an Oregon Poverty Index that provides poverty metrics tailored for Oregon policy-makers and community planners.
Our goal is to increase community capacity through training Community Health Workers on mental and behavioral health, with specific attention to supporting capacity building within communities.
We need central planning and supervisory faculty to collaborate across the systems entities at the state level and promote coordination across county-based mental health facilitators. Evaluation and dissemination of the successful strategies would be part of the supervisory faculty responsibilities, as would teaching to promote a prepared workforce.
A Thought Leadership Forum would convene key state groups with national experts to assess, coordinate and plan actions addressing mental and behavioral health of youth and families.