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Ensure Healthy Development for Youth

The Grand Challenge to Ensure Healthy Development for Youth responds to the observation that

behavioral health problems in childhood and adolescence often have lifelong repercussions on physical,

emotional, and financial well-being. Led by the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health (CPBH),

this interdisciplinary group includes more than 150 researchers, educators, and practitioners.

Since 2015, the group has advanced Seven Action Steps articulated in Unleashing the Power of Prevention,

a report published by the National Academy of Medicine. It has published, presented, and advocated

both within the field of social work, where it has developed new educational resources, and outside,

working with local, state, and federal policymakers.

THE PATH TO PROGRESS

The Steering Committee of the

Coalition for the Promotion

of Behavioral Health completed

a strategic planning process

to help guide the coalition in

reaching its goals.

1

Increase

public

awareness 2

Increase

public funding

of prevention

programs 5

Increase

infrastructure

for preventive

interventions 3

Implement

communityassessment &

capacity-building

tools

7

Create

workforce

development

strategies

6

Develop data

systems

4

Establish &

implement criteria

for preventive

interventions

7 Action Steps

to reduce the prevalence,

incidence, and inequities of

behavioral health problems

by 20% by 2026

10 | Progress and Plans for the Grand Challenges

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