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Transcript of Community Project
What is the Way In Program?
Who is involved?
What does the program aim to do?
How was the agency assessed?
Way In Program: Dan Knott Junior High School
Dan Knott Overview
Location & Physical
Way In Program Overview
History of the Way In
Who is Supported?
(Global News, 2013)
(Global News, 2013)
Health & Social
Determinants of Health
How does Dan Knott with the Way In Program address the determinants of health?
Income & Social Status
Income & Social
Education & Literacy
Healthy Child Development
Personal Health Practices
& Coping Skills
Personal Health &
Coping Skills Con't
Mental Health Promotion
Mental Health Promotion
Mental Health Promotion Goal
Enhancing protective factors
Health Promotion Strategies
In School location fosters meaningful relationships with workers and youth
Mental Health Nurse Role
...Mental Health Nurse
The Benefits &
1. Benefits & Collaboration
2. Bulletin Board
3. Universal Programming - Lunch
Time Activity (Slumber Games)
4. Sleep Presentation
5. Conflict Management Presentation
6. Tip Sheet for Parents on Sleep
and Mental Health
7. Relationship with Mental Health
The Project And Mental
Located on the south eastern side of the city
Dan Knott school has access to various sports fields and highschools
Core programs include: Language arts, math, social studies, science, physical education, health, and French.
Some complementary courses include art, drama, band, construction, etc.
Lots of clubs students can join, many drop-in activities
The school is roughly five minutes from Millwoods Transit Center
Issues of transportation: Way In staff has found that many parents of children who access their services don’t drive
Project Coordinator - Jennifer
Success Coach at Dan Knott - Matt
Mentorship Coach - Kiandra
Mental Health Therapist (RPN) - Rani
Safe Place Classroom Teacher - Melissa
Addictions Counselor - Tanner
Aboriginal Commitment Coach - Barbie
(11 total team members across 3 schools)
2 grants funded by Ministry of Health, they are time limited that will be expiring in 2014
Government funding of $19.2 million over three years to support the Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) project for Children, Youth and Families in Schools Initiative.
Population in 2011 in Millwoods and Beaumont region - 137,228
33% of the people in Millwoods are youth
28.74% of population age 20+ with less than Gr. 9 education (Higher than city average of 21.55%)
37 incidences of violent crimes, compared to 19.13
(City of Edmonton, 2010)
Vulnerable populations are more likely to experience low income and poverty.
Income is key to education, community cohesion and inclusion so vulnerable populations are disadvantaged and health disparities exist for these populations.
It is evident that Knottwood is a neighborhood that is of lower socioeconomic status
Bus Passess, food hampers, bikes, etc. available through the Way In
Low literacy contributes to:
Lower incomes and
Decreased community involvement
Many educationally challenged youth at Dan Knott
The Way In provides education that is styled to both parent and the students
Work with families and community partners
to provide safe, caring, healthy, diverse, inclusive and equitable learning experiences that engage students to achieve their full potential in an increasingly interdependent world.
Cope through difficult times
Providing opportunities to build healthy, active lifestyles
Build on individual strengths to
(TD Baker School, 2014)
Piloted in 2006-2007
Mental Health Capacity Building in Schools initiative
Province wide (143 schools)
Initial success - Government funding
Sustain support for 2013/2014
(Alberta Health Services [AHS], 2013a)
(Dan Knott Junior High School, 2014a; Dan Knott Junior High School, 2014b)
The Way In works “
with partners to build capacity and improve health
and mental health for students and their families through promotion, prevention, and intervention programs”(AHS, 2013a).
1. Involving Students
2. Safe Place Classroom
Build on their level of being assertive,
One-on-one interaction helps build self esteem
Grade 9 involvement
Teens & Families
Types of program
# of Participants
Family Enhancement Act
- Learn teambuilding skills, practice conflict resolution strategies, all while developing community
- Create effective leaders who demonstrate pride, enthusiasm and compassion as they responsible members of society.
Meaningful participation: Being actively involved in school life gives students a feeling of connectedness and power. Examples are student council, peer tutoring and mentoring, and service projects (AHS, 2013b).
(The Way In Dan Knott, Edith Rogers, TD Baker, 2013)
Supporting those in poverty
Canada in 2009 ranked 13 out of 17 countries in child poverty (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2011a)
Capital Health Region Housing %
Westmount area in Montreal - 220,578 median
Redwood Meadows Calgary - 178,430 median
4.65% unemployment rate compared to Alberta’s 4.41%
Female labor participation in 2006 was 70.68% compared to Alberta’s 66.34%
(Government of Alberta, 2011)
Now...Dan Knott Area
That's a $53, 934 difference
Median Family Income
By Postal Code
Mix of Cultures
"African communities represent many of the most recent immigrants and many refugees” (Edmonton Journal, 2011)
"The East Indian population is
very concentrated, focused in Mill Woods"
27.89% immigrants in Mill Woods
(Government of Alberta,2011)
People aged 15-25 are the second largest immigration group (total population 9,905
Mostly Asian Origins
(Statistics Canada, 2013)
Survey, Handprints, Plays
(Stanhope, Lancaster, Jessup-Falcioni, & Viverais-Dresler, 2011b)
Stanhope et al. (2011)
Empowerment occurs when:
- Improved self esteem or cultural identity
- Improve ability to make choices
- Improved their ability to work with others
- Increased their access to resources
“equipping individuals, … with skills or knowledge to help them cope effectively... or strengthening individual and collective capacities to help people face challenges”
(Mauricette, 1998, p. 4)
Enhances protective factors by building mental health enhancing skills:
-Ability to accomplish tasks
-Ability to help others
-Peer mentoring is an example of a tool the Way In Program uses to build skills in mental health promotion
Some things we included on the board:
-Sleep Tip Strategies
-Negative Consequences of not getting enough sleep
-Positives of getting a good night's rest
The Family Center
Alberta Health Services
Boy's & Girls Club
Child & Family Services
Edmonton Public Schools
Millwoods Family Resource Center
Crisis Intervention Team
CASA (Child, Adolescent and Family Health)
Disclosures & Royal Alex
Learning & Development Clinic
World Health Organization [WHO] (2014) has said "...low education levels are linked with poor health, more stress and lower self-confidence."
"the initiative has been successful in it's ability to connect the sites with community, and had improved the resiliency and coping skills of children, youth, and families (R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd., 2011, p.7)
School children's biggest health problems are related to mental health...mental health problems among adolescents varies from 10-30% (Haapasalo, Kiikkala, Paavilainen, & Pulakka, 2011, p.38)
Most adulthood mental disorders begin in childhood, it is well rooted (Gissler, Merikukka, Paananen, & Ristikari, 2013)
A range of adult mental health problems are the result of childhood trauma (abuse, bullying, loss, anxiety) (Austin, 2010)
What the Statistics show (Austn)
Work of the Way In
Early Intervention Programs
Adolescents coping with mental illness may have poorer social skills
because of increase dependency on others
(Stanhope et al., 2011a)
Research shows that enhanced life skills and supportive school and family environments can mediate the effect of stressful life events (Austin, 2010)
Safe Place Classroom
Social skills training - useful with youth who have low self esttem,
Helps then to interact more effectively with peers and adults
Provide children with coping skills to resist engaging in addictive or antisocial behaviors and to prevent social withdrawal under stress
The CHN and team members partner with each other to provide activities and programming teach coping skills and promote healthy practice (Stanhope et al., 2011b)
Increasing the capabilities of people to overcome barriers to achieve improved outcomes in the quality of their life
(Chad, Labonte, Laverack, & Woodard, 2002)
Adolescents are pretty awesome!
How to increase Communty Capacity
How the Way In Builds Capacity
Parents & Family Nights
Skill building strategies
Why The WAY IN is a great program
Initiatives that target specific groups in a specific setting.
Address a combination of known risk and protective factors
Set clear goals
Support communities to take action,
Sustained over a long period of time
(Mental Heatlh Commission of Canada, 2010)
So... people's rights to participate are directly related with the concept of empowerment.
(Restall & Strutt, 2008)
Way In Program
Important in a junior high school
RPN & Psychiatrist available
Support parent involvement (consent & teaching)
Beneficial because of guidance and collaboration from project manager
Students expressed new learning
Collaborated with teachers, vice principals, Way In staff and students
(Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2012)
Obviously doing well!