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Clark County health goals released - Springfield Ohio schools to double schools using PAX GBG

Here’s a look at the goals released on Tuesday at the 2016 Community Health Assessment/Health Improvement Plan meeting at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome. The Clark County Combined Health District and other local health leaders will work together to implement these goals over the next three years to improve the health of Springfield and Clark County.

2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan

Task Force Goals

Mental Health

• Re-direct EMS frequent uses to appropriate care and reduce all EMS overuse by developing pre-hospital treatment protocols and related collaborative multi-provider agreements supporting the implementation of Mobile Integrated Health Care or similar system management concepts by March of 2019.

• Reduce the incidence of reported suicidal ideation within the various identified, at-risk populations who aren’t receiving mental health care by a 10% increase in the health literacy of targeted gatekeeper audiences to recognize the signs of suicide risk and knowledge about referral to services by March of 2019.

• Promote the mental health and well-being of youth in Clark County for the near- and long-term as evidenced by expanding the PAX Good Behavior Game from seven schools to 14, which is approximately half of the elementary schools across the city and county by March of 2019.

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International research has shown the Good Behavior Game to be an efficient method for reducing off-task behaviors in the classroom, as well as increasing prosocial skills, while long-term follow-ups have indicated positive effects on a wide range of health issues.

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As Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School third graders worked on math problem, teacher Kourtney Fjelland watched not only how well they were handling fractions, but also how well they were behaving. Most were concentrating, cooperating, focusing on their work and staying in their seats. In other words, they were exhibiting the good behaviors students themselves suggested and agreed upon earlier in the year, also as part of the PAX Good Behavior Game.

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Medication-assisted treatment and recovery services work, but in order for the U.S. population to reach its full health potential, behavioral health and addiction treatment providers need to go on the offensive, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, told attendees at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference on Tuesday in Seattle.

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“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them.”

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