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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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Miller graduated from Indiana University with a psychology degree and went back to school for nursing. She received her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in a nursing home and also spent time working in a group home with adolescents. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

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Dr. Joanna Chambers is a psychiatrist who began seeing Adult & Child Health patients in November 2021. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia with her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience, she currently serves as an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine where she teaches Clinical Psychiatry. She is certified in Addiction Medicine and has a special interest in treating pregnant and postpartum women. She is President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Organization as well as a sitting member of many medical association boards. Recently, she has won the Residents’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020 from Indiana University and has received “Best Doctors Award” in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Dr. Chambers is incredibly active in the medical, academic, and research realms of medicine. She is currently accepting new patients on Wednesdays.