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The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention offers resources and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and local communities to come together to promote well-being. We believe that with the right resources and support, states and local communities can collaborate to foster safe and healthy school and community environments that prevent youth violence and support the overall well-being of all children and youth, regardless of their ZIP code.

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Background ABOUT Project LAUNCH & Safe Schools / Healthy Students

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Project LAUNCH

The health and prosperity of our families, communities, and nation require an investment in the physical and emotional health of our young children. Nationwide, grantees are pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness through Project LAUNCH, a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to 8 years by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.

Healthy growth in each of these areas builds the foundation for children to thrive in school and beyond. Over five years, Project LAUNCH grantees increase the quality and availability of evidence-based programs, improve collaboration among child-serving organizations, and integrate physical and behavioral health services and supports for children and their families. Lessons learned from the communities guide state- and tribal-level systems changes and policy improvements. Strong partnerships between the state or tribe and local communities lead to the sustainability and replication of successful practices on a large scale and to systems improvements that have an impact beyond the life of the grant.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students

Since 1999, Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) has provided programs and services to school districts across the United States. The core of SS/HS is the development of school and community partnerships that improve collaboration across community organizations to improve access to mental health services, decrease youth violence, and promote early intervention. The new SS/HS program connects state policy and local implementation of policies and procedures to address youth violence and promote the well-being of children, youth, and families. It works with pilot local communities to create an integrated network of programs, activities, and policies to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.

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Strategic Communication Planning for Success and Sustainability

This workbook uses the 8-Step Communication Planning Model to provide a blueprint for planning effective marketing strategies to communicate program successes in schools and communities. It can be used as a standalone tool or as a resource to compliment the online learning modules on strategic communications planning.