Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a vigorous, collaborative, long-term effort to transform community health in the South County region of Rhode Island.
South County comprises nine cities and towns, many of which hug Rhode Island’s southern coast. The region features both affluence and “invisible” pockets of poverty which has led to health disparities which Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds will address as well.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is primarily funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for our role as one of 10 Health Equity Zones (HEZ) in the state. The Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is funded via SAMHSA. South County Health underwrites administration and staffing.
What HBHM Has Been Up To:
Health Equity: One of Our Key Goals
It’s only fair. Everyone should have equal access to healthy living resources and lifestyles. Health equity means that no one is disadvantaged from achieving their fullest health potential due to a socially determined circumstance. Income, race, gender, or where someone lives should not determine how healthy they live – or how long they live.
April 1, 2015
81 Adults now certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid
May 7, 2015
EBT now accepted at 4 summer farmers markets for SNAP/WIC beneficiaries
September 10, 2015
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (HBHM) is dedicated to providing you with important information.First Steering Committee Convened
September 24, 2015
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Partner Kick Off Event
October 9, 2015
Press Conference with Governor Raimondo and Director Alexander-Scott
EBT now accepted at 2 winter farmers markets for SNAP/WIC beneficiaries
Wood River Health Services first Health Center to implement 5210
All 5 community health centers in South County now have implemented Reach Out and Read
March 31, 2016
Bradford Community Forum held to share "Data Dive" results and engage local residents
Both local hospitals commit to collaborate on a Community Health Improvement Plan focused on behavioral health
Health Resources Services Administration designates Washington County a "Mental Health Shortage Area"
All 5 community health centers are implementing 5210
Begin roll out of youth mental health diversion project/offering same day or next day appts. instead of Emergency Dept.
South Kingstown & Westerly Land Trusts begin offering guided walks on first Saturdays of the month
October 26, 2016
Project LAUNCH training for area physicians to promote routine developmental screening
Quidnessett & Narragansett Elementary Schools begin BOKS before school running programs
Davisville Academy becomes 21st school in South County to implement 5210
Awarded RI Foundation grant to study why patients are seeking behavioral health care in local Emergency Depts.
December 31, 2016
513 Adults now certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid
February 28, 2017
591 Adults now certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid