Thursday, May 21, 2015

UAA collaborative research team presents behavioral health needs data to Anchorage community

Karen Heath (standing) presents data to attendees at the May 11 community forum.

At a community forum on May 11, the UAA collaborative research team presented the results of the examination of secondary data on behavioral health needs of youth and young adults in Anchorage . The UAA Center for Human Development heads the research team which includes the Justice Center, Behavioral Health Research Services, and the Department of Health Sciences.

Karen Heath, Director of Research & Evaluation, UAA Center for Human Development, made the presentation which was based on the research and data from the team. Participants from agencies, nonprofits, and other service providers met to discuss the data, identify data gaps, and prioritize issues. Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, is a member of the research team.

The next phase of the project will involve collection of primary data that fills identified data gaps. The UAA research team will analyze data from the assessment to help determine behavioral health priorities concerning mental health, substance use, and suicide for youth and young adults in Anchorage.

The project is funded by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health through the Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions (ACC) which contracted with the UAA research team.