$3.5 million for local children's health and wellness network

Federal funding supports 10 area agencies and university partners


Project LAUNCH Breakfast

Celebrating our Success 
Getting to Work

November 16, 2009 
8:30- 10:30 am

Ohio University Inn 
Galbreath Room, Lower Level

RSVP required by November 11, 2009 to



ODH – IPAC partnership funded!

The purpose of Project LAUNCH is to promote the wellness of young children, birth to 8 years of age.  Project LAUNCH defines wellness as optimal functioning across all developmental domains, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral health.  The goal is to create a shared vision for the wellness of young children that drives the development of Federal, State, Territorial, Tribal and locally-based networks for the coordination of key child-serving systems and the integration of behavioral and physical health services.  The expected result is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Project Term: Five Years, $850,000 per year, $705,500 annually to OU for local projects and evalution.

In addition to supporting the contributions of University faculty and staff from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Communication,  College of Health and Human Services, and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the resources will reach local community agencies including Health Recovery Services, Inc, TriCounty Mental Health and Counseling Services, The Diary Barn, Family and Children First Councils in Athens, Hocking, Meigs and Vinton counties, Athens Co Help Me Grow and Athens County Children’s Services.… and our regional tertiary care partner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


This grant will provide jobs, build workforce capacity to deliver evidence-based care, strengthen our Family Navigator Program, further efforts to integrate mental health and primary care, increase the use of screening tools in primary care to identify children and families health and wellness concerns, expand early childhood mental health consultant services, pilot telemedicine in our Interdisciplinary Assessment Clinic, and deliver arts and recreation programming to area youth -- overall, investing in promoting healthy young child development. In addition, it establishes a local child wellness council (which expands IPAC) that will work cooperatively with a parallel structure at the state level, the state child wellness council, to facilitate the development of policies that are responsive to community need.

The goal of Project LAUNCH for Appalachia OH is to create a shared vision for young child wellness that builds a solid foundation for sustaining effective, integrated services and systems that support and promote the wellness of young children and families. A goal that echoes IPAC’s vision of ensuring healthy development for all children.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the development of IPAC, and specifically to those who worked on the development of the LAUNCH proposal… We are funded! Congratulations!

Read the article from The Post.


IPAC Meetings and Agendas 

August 5, 2009

Welcome Board Members Only


Time 3 - 5 pm

September 9, 2009

(note date change)

Welcome Board Members Only


Time 3 - 5 pm

October 7, 2009

Welcome Everyone


Time 3- 5 pm