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By Shelley Stingley, Program Director, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Cross-sector partnerships can help provide mental health services to underserved communities. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), the John A. Hartford Foundation, and two federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to bring depression treatment to rural Montana.

Rural areas are a natural target for better models of depression treatment for a variety of reasons, including high rates of depression, a lack of accessible care, and the tendency of many rural residents to eschew help because of the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Trust, through our Rural Healthcare Program, is providing financial assistance to support the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Project IMPACT, which is bringing collaborative depression care to hard-to-reach communities. IMPACT, or Improving Mood – Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment, is a proven model based on close coordination between a patient’s primary care provider, an on-site depression “care manager,” and a psychiatric consultant.

Our specific role was helping two Montana subgrantees raise their required SIF match. We were happy to assist the FQHCs in Butte and Hardin, Montana to raise their match so as to reduce the fundraising burden on them and to help them improve and expand depression care for their patients.

By Shelley Stingley, Program Director, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

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Saxon Henderson says that her AmeriCorps service with FoodCorps has put her into almost a “superhero role for nutrition and eating well" – and seeing the impact that she’s had in her community, it’s hard to argue with her.

FoodCorps members like Saxon serve alongside educators and community leaders to provide food and nutrition education that gives kids the information they need to make smart choices, hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that foster skills and pride around healthy food, and lunch trays filled with nutritious meals from local farms. Splitting her time between the Center City Public Charter School and the John Burroughs Elementary School in Northeast Washington, D.C., Saxon stresses the importance of showing her young students where their food comes from. “Kids need to get their hands dirty,” she says. “Whenever I bring the kids out here to start a lesson we start by putting our hands just directly into the dirt – it’s just a way to connect with the food.“

Although you would never know it by looking at the flowing green raised bed gardens behind the City Center Public Charter School, Saxon is admittedly new to gardening herself. She recently completed her masters degree in public health, but decided she wanted to dedicate her career to fighting childhood obesity after having her eyes opened to issues of food access and security in Washington. Now, as an AmeriCorps member serving with FoodCorps, she says students and parents see her as “a role model for healthy eating.”

Unanimous Resolution from U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages city leaders to open job opportunities to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni


In another sign of the growing support for national service, the United States Conference of Mayors today unanimously passed a resolution endorsing Employers of National Service, an initiative that recognizes the unique skills and experience AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni bring to the workforce and encourages public and private sector employers to expand the job opportunities available to those who have served.

The resolution passed this morning at the organization’s 84th annual meeting in Indianapolis. The effort, led by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, recognizes national service programs, such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, as a talent pipeline for dedicated, valuable employees and urges cities and municipalities to hire AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni.

“We are thrilled by this strong, bipartisan endorsement of the Employers of National Service Initiative from the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “Just like mayors, AmeriCorps members are leaders who get things done, working hard every day to make their cities better places to live and work. With today’s endorsement, U.S. cities are making a smart move to attract and keep these talented, dedicated, and experienced leaders to the municipal workforce.”

“Alumni of our service corps are highly qualified leaders with experience addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation and world today,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Returned Peace Corps volunteers have so much to contribute to the workplace and we’re thrilled to see Mayor Walsh and the city of Boston recognize these valuable skills.” 

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