This project is funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program, Community Research for Health Equity (CRHE), a community-led research program that seeks to elevate community voices and make the priorities of communities the primary goal of local health system transformation efforts. The goal of the study is to assess mental health systems care and provide youth-led recommendations for improving care policies in their community. The study seeks to conduct interviews with youth to understand how they conceptualize health and navigate access to mental health support. These findings will be combined with information from focus groups conducted with educators and health care providers in order to develop youth-prioritized evidence-based policy recommendations. Deliverables will include a project work plan and annual and final narrative and financial reports. The project team will also produce a public-facing product of their choice to share new knowledge that can address local health care system inequities and/or make recommendations for action toward system improvements.

Principal Investigator(s)

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Doris Stith

Executive Director - Community Enrichment Organization

Doris Stith has worked with the Young Visionaries for Health Project in collaboration with Dr. Leah Frerichs a... Read Bio

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Committee Member, Member, Researcher

Leah Frerichs

Assistant Professor - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Leah Frerichs is a public health researcher with expertise in community-based participatory and systems sc... Read Bio