July 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Birth to Third Grade: How Alexander is Keeping The Forsyth Promise
Forsyth Futures has a vision to grow a “vibrant, equitable, and prosperous Forsyth County”.
The agency is leading a major community-based project to study the needs of the community, share ideas and resources, and convene with partners to make a change. Through a partnership with The Forsyth Promise, they are implementing a cohort study to work together across silos to improve outcomes for young children and move towards better coordination and alignment of community resources.
Together, the two organizations are using the study to build a better community for the children of Forsyth County through the Birth to Third Grade program.
Our Community Executive, Alexia Mitchell, is proud to be a member of the Mental Health Action Network to support the mental health component of this initiative. Mitchell and Alexander Youth Network were chosen as key stakeholders to participate in the group as experts in the field on mental and behavioral health.
Offering Insight, Technical Support, and Providing Solutions
As a member of the committee, Mitchell will participate in the interdisciplinary meetings engaging with the community, stakeholders, and partners of the initiative. Through her participation, she will be assisting in the planning of a community needs assessment to better understand the barriers and challenges for children and families in the county. The assessment will include key topics such as education, mental health, healthcare access, social stability, community safety, and more.
After the results of the assessment are complete, Alexia, along with other leaders, will host formative discussions on best-practices for behavioral healthcare as well as transforming how communities are able to build a resilient environment for children.
“Our community will be able to offer more services to families in need. Shedding a light on the need for behavioral healthcare and bringing awareness to what we do is vital to the community.” – Alexia, highlights the importance of the community component of the program.
Her hope as a member of the group is to be able to provide the committee with a background on mental and behavioral healthcare in the area, but also share the resources that are available, barriers to accessing those resources and helping members understand the appropriateness of various treatments.
Alexia has been with Alexander Youth Network for 7 years and has been in the field of mental health for over 12 years. Currently, she oversees the Intensive In-Home and Multi-Systemic Therapy programs at Alexander Youth Network.
Written by Emily Gordon.