medina county Aware

Through a three-year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health will partner with the seven public schools in Medina County and the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Board to improve student mental wellness. The project called, Medina County Aware (MCA), will be led by Dr. Deric Kenne, Associate Professor and Dr. Kim Laurene, Research Associate at Kent State University. The main goals of the project are 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. Partner schools in the initiative include, Black River Schools, Brunswick City Schools, Buckeye Local Schools, Cloverleaf Local Schools, Highland Local Schools, Medina City Schools and Wadsworth City Schools.

More Aware at Kent State University

Kent State University's College of Public Health has received a $306,000 federal grant to be used for suicide prevention and to address other student mental health needs. The Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant will help to fund the project, More Aware, a collaboration among Student Affairs, University Health Services, Student Support Services, and other divisions across the university.

PROJECT AWARE KENT: INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF

The purpose of Project AWARE Kent is to increase mental health literacy within the university community. A recent needs assessment conducted among students at Kent State University found that 30.9% of students indicated the need for mental health services; however, less than half of those students sought help. Several activities will lead to accomplishing the purpose of Project AWARE Kent including offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses, social marketing and awareness campaigns, and interagency and community partnerships through the development of an Interagency Advisory and Leadership Team (IALT).

PROVING OHIO’S PREVENTION SUCCESS: KSU ALCOHOL & DRUG SURVEY

An annual survey of alcohol and other drug use among Kent State University students used to inform drug policy and prevention efforts within the university and surrounding communities.

OPIOID USE & PREGNANCY: A COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH MULTI-SITE EXPLORATORY STUDY

A community-based participatory research study to investigate the use of opioid drugs during pregnancy.  The study is a collaboration between the Kent State University College of Public Health and the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers and the Ohio Women’s Network.  The study expands on previous research to include two rural and two urban sites in Ohio.  Findings will help better understand a relatively understudied and high-risk population and guide treatment planning and programming.