Implementation of the Regional Integrated Collaborative for Healthy Youth (RICHY) Project in conjunction with Marywood University, DeSales University and Valley Youth House

Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Family Medicine
$124,669 over two years

The goal of this initiative is to use an Integrated Behavioral Health model to provide health prevention and promotion services for resident adolescents in a community-based setting, Valley Youth House Great Beginnings, in order to improve their health, well-being, knowledge, and self-advocacy skills. A second goal is to teach the residents the skills needed to appropriately utilize the healthcare system (health literacy) and manage their own health and well-being (activation). The aim of this intervention at the macro level is to provide services that will coordinate and integrate with the larger primary care system in the Lehigh Valley.

This initiative is a result of the collaboration of four entities: Valley Youth House, Lehigh Valley Health Network, DeSales University, and Marywood University. Great Beginnings will serve as a clinical placement for DeSales University family nurse practitioner graduate students and a field placement for social work interns from Marywood University. The scope of services to be provided includes basic preventive health services, as well as psychoeducation and care coordination.


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