Under The Alliance for Health Equity’s Community Voice Initiative, found here on our website, visitors can access data from our Community Report by category, including Health, Education, Housing, Economic Revitalization, Employment, and Well-Being. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the ideal time to shine a spotlight on the findings within our Well-Being report, focusing on the issue area of Behavioral Health, for both local residents and the general public.
In the 2022 Greater Coatesville Community Health Impact Report, respondents were asked to identify changes to the healthcare system that they believed would help healthcare access.
Telemedicine With A Mental Health Professional
Focus group members with community experience indicated that a “central, private place for telehealth services would be useful.” Other focus group members supported the “repurposing of community space to provide telehealth services.” Key informant interviews and focus groups indicated access to pediatric and geriatric mental health services as a recommendation and priority.
Common themes and priorities were found across the Community Survey, key informant interviews, and focus groups discussions, showing four priorities and areas of concern. Behavioral Health Services were identified as one of the four major themes and priorities as follows:
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services
- Newly Designed System of behavioral health services
- Urgent and Non-Urgent Services
Treatment Facility Locations
In our current Well-Being report, we focused on the impact area of Behavioral Health. Using the PolicyMap tool, mental health treatment facility locations in the Greater Coatesville area, as well as drug and alcohol treatment facility locations, are labeled to increase access and awareness. Mental health treatment facility locations are designated by an orange diamond, while drug and alcohol treatment facilities are designated by an orange triangle. You can view the map and the full Well-Being Report by clicking here.
The Well Being Fund
The Alliance for Health Equity continues to adopt trust-based philanthropy approaches under its commitment to equity in Greater Coatesville. As such, the 2022 Well Being Fund is helping to provide general operating support over a two-year period (FY 23 – FY 24) that aligns with The Alliance’s Strategic Priority: Integrated Services. Helping People Live Healthy and Well.
In the Spring of 2022, The Alliance committed to focusing its grantmaking efforts on the most pressing community needs related to the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), based on community and grant partner surveys and interviews. The Alliance continued this commitment, under a Fall 2022 announcement, to address well-being (mental health) as well as employment, education, and housing in Greater Coatesville. This is an open funding opportunity for nonprofit and grassroots organizations that address Greater Coatesville’s most pressing community needs.
For details on funding structure and eligibility, as well as frequently asked questions and access to an informative session, click here. For more information on The Alliance or to get involved, please visit our website.
The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) is a philanthropic organization striving to advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy community for all residents of the Greater Coatesville area. We pursue our mission by providing grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students that address health and economic disparities and social justice. We also build partnership programs and give voice to those often left out of community solution building to improve the overall health of their communities. 100% of contributions go directly to those in need.