Medina County Aware

Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health partnered with the seven public schools in Medina County and the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board to improve student mental wellness through a three-year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The project called, Medina County Aware (MCA), was led by Dr. Deric Kenne, Associate Professor and Dr. Kim Laurene, Assistant Professor at Kent State University. The main goals of the project were to provide mental health awareness trainings to at least 30% of the teachers, administrators and staff at each school, create resource guides and referral mechanisms, and implement mental health stigma reduction campaigns in each of the seven schools. The grant operated November 2018 to November 2021.

Medina County Aware Partners

  • Black River Local Schools

  • Brunswick City Schools

  • Buckeye Local Schools

  • Cloverleaf Local Schools

  • Highland Local Schools

  • Medina City Schools

  • Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board

  • Medina County Career Center

  • Wadsworth City Schools

Medina County Resources

Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board












Hear to Help Initiative for Medina County

Hear to Help is an initiative from Kent State University that identifies staff who have completed a mental health awareness training offered through the Medina County Awareness grant.