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Assistant Director of Health Clay Goddard has been named to a cohort of state, tribal and local public health representatives in an eight-month training and technical assistance program on mental health and substance abuse.
Only 40 people in the country are selected for the Behavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance program from the National Council for Behavioral Health, which offers virtual and in-person training over an eight-month timeframe for public health professionals to better understand and address mental health and substance abuse challenges, as well as access to newsletters, toolkits and relevant research findings.
In April, Goddard will attend an in-depth, two-day training as part of the program, followed by the annual conference of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
“I’m most looking forward to talking with our peers about our common challenges and ways in which we can collectively help our communities better understand mental health and substance abuse issues,” Goddard said.
Based on health data evidence and a growing community call to action, this opportunity follows a push by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to better understand mental health and substance abuse in our area. Mental Health and Substance Abuse is one of three top health priorities targeted in our Community Health Improvement Plan.
The Healthy Living Alliance, a community organization aimed to make healthier living a priority in Springfield by bringing together representatives from local business, government, nonprofit and healthcare industries, has taken leadership on the Community Health Improvement Plan and is leading the way in implementing strategies to improve Springfield and surrounding communities’ health.
More information about Springfield’s Community Health Improvement Plan and what is being done to improve the health of our community can be found at ozarkshealthcommission.org.