“We’re hopeful that our partners will use this data as they write for grants,” said Shelia Hiddleson, director of the Champaign Health District.
Representatives from several local agencies broke into groups to define the challenges the county is facing.
Although mental health services are available to young children, Hiddleson said it is not always easy for parents to connect their children to the right agency or service.
That particular issue wasn’t addressed in detail in the health assessment, but was brought to the forefront while local health professionals gathered earlier this year to review the results.
“Sometimes we have a sense that something is going on and we need to go from there,” Hiddleson said.
The Champaign Health Department is working closely with Wright State University’s Center for Urban and Public Affairs. Jane Dockery, associate director of the center, said graduate students will research best practices in other counties to see if programs exist that could be put in use locally.
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