ADULT & CHILD HEALTH RECEIVES KENDRICK FOUNDATION GRANT TO EXPAND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAMMING IN MOORESVILLE SCHOOLS

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2019) – Adult & Child Health (A&C) was awarded a $121,308 grant from the Kendrick Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that supports education and initiatives that improve the health of Morgan County residents.

Adult & Child Health was one of only 10 nonprofit agencies awarded this year’s Kendrick Foundation Grant, which identified grantees based on their ability to address its three priority areas of substance abuse, mental health, and obesity. A&C Health has partnered with Mooresville Schools since 2013 to ensure a healthy environment for students and teachers. This grant will expand the services available to include evidence based behavioral health training and curriculum for Mooresville students and staff called Second Steps.

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“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with A&C by expanding services to include Second Steps. We are very thankful that we received this grant to be able to purchase this curriculum for our students,” said Susie Hurt, Director of Special Education, Mooresville School Corporation.

Second Steps Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) aims to decrease risk factors associated with bullying, risk for self-harm, substance and alcohol abuse/misuse, trauma, and neglect. In addition to SEL, A&C will provide training for Mooresville Schools students and staff to help them learn new strategies to help students achieve better health outcomes.

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Liz Stirn

“This grant allows us to provide prevention programming earlier in a child’s life; making a stronger impact on their health and well-being,” said Liz Stirn, A&C Health Assistant Director of School Based Services.

Thousands of schools around the world, and more than 15 million children, benefit from Second Steps SEL learning each year. The program aims to increase students’ knowledge about social-emotional skills, improved prosocial behavior, decrease observed relational and physical aggression, increase academic achievement, and decrease bullying, substance abuse and misuse.

The A&C School Based program, which helped 3,541 students excel in 122 central Indiana schools during the last fiscal year, places specialists in schools who are trained to help students who experience behavioral health issues, delayed development or other life stressors that interfere with their ability to learn.

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Adult & Child Health (www.adultandchild.org) strives for caring communities, where every child, adult and family have the opportunities they need to live healthy, happy, productive lives. For more information about Adult & Child Health services, please contact Adam Wire, marketing and communications specialist, at 317-882-5122 or awire@adultandchild.org.

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