An NIMH Outreach Partnership Program
The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison. The Program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state organizations.
For 2016, the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP) was chosen as the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program’s state partner in Pennsylvania. MHASP was chosen primarily because of its expertise and its long and extensive history of engaging with the mental health consumer, family, and provider communities.
The Partnership Program encourages efforts to reach diverse racial and ethnic groups. The Program also strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research.
These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage the community and community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the institute supports.
Involving communities and building local partnerships are at the very core of MHASP’s work. MHASP is well positioned to utilize existing community-based partnerships, in addition to establishing new partnerships, to increase community engagement and understanding of research. Recognizing that mental health touches every community, MHASP will continue to work with a diverse array of community-based organizations, including organizations serving the older adult population, youth, the LGBTQI community, diverse cultural groups, women, people with disAbilities, faith communities, and more.
At MHASP, we are confident that our work with the Partnership Program will advance the public’s understanding of mental health conditions, the importance of research, and the role all citizens can play in advancing scientific discoveries. MHASP welcomes this opportunity to partner with NIMH to provide our constituencies with greater access to cutting-edge information on mental health research and on existing research initiatives both locally and nationally.