Benchmarking community behavioral health


Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness

June 26, 2014

10:00 AM (CDT)
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This webinar is intended to raise awareness of the framework and approval by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) as an early step in mobilizing the Extension system around health and wellness of the American population.The webinar will also encourage participants to use the framework to plan and report on health and wellness programming. Members of the ECOP Health Task Force will explain the framework, why it came to be, and the vision for improving the public's health as a result of educational programming in the priority areas. Ideas for how to use the framework in local and state program planning will be shared. Participants will engage in answering key questions developed by the team using polling via Adobe Connect. Link to the ECOP Health Task Force Executive Summary (March 2014)








The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program to explore options for community-implemented early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness). The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.    The Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation Phase II (CAPE 2) project will fund Land Grant Universities and their partners to implement locally-based early warning systems. This is a national competition; individuals and teams are welcome to submit proposals to join the CAPE 2 project in one of two categories:

Innovation Communities. The activity includes designing and implementing an innovative and potentially replicable early warning protocol around a locally determined set of community behavioral health issues. Creative use of existing locally produced information sets is encouraged. Successful applicants will engage their target community in prioritizing adoption of an intervention based on the information produced by the early warning system. Funding of up to $150,000 is available for each innovation community. (See attachment for full details and download the budget template.) 

Barometer Communities. The activity includes recruiting a panel of thirty knowledgeable local individuals who will be compensated to participate in a nationally designed biweekly community behavioral health survey and coordinating community priority setting and implementation to respond to emerging issues. Funding: the CAPE 2 project will compensate survey participants and offset 0.7 FTE of local team member salary. (See attachment for full details and download the budget template.)

Proposals are due November 19, 2014. 

An informational webinar was held on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Watch the webinar.



No openings at this time.  



March 5, 2014

Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and University Consortium Partner in $3M Project to Improve Use of Behavioral Health Metrics
Read the press release

CAPE Leadership Team. In photo left to right: Stephan Goetz, Don Albrecht, Scott Loveridge, Rachel Welborn, Dee Owens, Brent Elrod.

HEalth beyond health care

A live streaming event!

June 18, 2014

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

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From workplaces, schools and neighborhoods designed to encourage exercise to advertising campaigns promoting healthy foods, the places we live and the information we receive about food and exercise have a profound effect on our well-being. Join creative minds from around the country and across disciplines – from architects and urban designers to bankers and advertisers – to talk about the most innovative ideas for improving the health of Americans. Learn more.


May 18-24, 2014

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2014 is about Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. SAMHSA will be highlighting the important role each of us has in maintaining a healthy life and ensuring a productive future. 

GET IN THE SPIRIT: watch the National Prevention Week 2014 promotional video. Share the video and spread the word!

Encourage friends and family to commit to a healthy lifestyle by taking the Prevention Pledge. You can also customize your pledge with a personal message about why prevention is important to you. 

Add the power of your voice to SAMHSA's 2014 "I Choose" photo project. Visit to found out how you can inspire others by participating. People of all ages are already submitting their photos, and their "I Choose" messages will inspire you too! 

Post about National Prevention Week 2014 on social media to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and the importance of preventing problems before they start. 

This observance is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and powered by people and communities nationwide.