Research

CCR works with implementing partners and funders across the region to grow the evidence base of mental health initiatives, as well as develop and pilot new programs that address the root causes of violence in communities.

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Working on Womanhood (W.O.W.)
Becoming an evidence-based intervention

Launched in 2011, Youth Guidance’s W.O.W. is a promising, multi-faceted school-based group behavioral health intervention that works to meet the needs of low-income, ethnic minority adolescent girls. Using a trauma-informed approach, WOW targets young women with significant risk factors for dropout or delinquency such as: teenage pregnancy, trauma, drug or alcohol abuse, self-harm, gang involvement, fighting, academic failure and discipline referrals. Many WOW girls have also been victims of sexual or physical abuse. Participants are identified through referrals by teachers, school administrators and parents. Together with Lurie Children’s and Northwestern University, CCR is working with W.O.W. to fortify the initiative’s curriculum and training, and to ensure the fidelity of implementation through a community-academic collaboration that values both the program’s grassroots origins, as well as empirical support. This work will support W.O.W.’s ability to maximize its impact, scale the reach of its programs, and meeting the demand for empirical evidence of program efficacy.

Funded by the Evergreen Invitational Women’s Health Grant Initiative

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Resilience & Voice (R&V)
Building strength in urban schools and communities

The R&V project is a data-informed support and professional development approach that leverages high schools as a strategic arena for the prevention, intervention, and interruption of violence. Developed in collaboration with Umoja, CCR, and Mikva, R&V is operating in three high-need, high-trauma Chicago public high schools that are located in high-violence communities.

R&V leverages the collective expertise of all three partner organizations to address the causes and results of violence in a holistic, comprehensive way. The delivery model is unique in that it eliminates the disconnect between systems of support within a school while building student and teacher leaders as assets in school violence reduction. R&V is aligned with the nationally recognized Multi-Tier Student Support Model and emphasizes increasingly individualized interventions that include strategies for schoolwide transformation linked with increasingly intensive clinical services for targeted students.

Funded by the Chicago Community Trust and Cook County

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Bounce Back
Replication study and dissemination plan

Led by CCR in partnership with Cicero Public School District 99 and the Loyola University Chicago Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, the project seeks to establish Bounce Back as an evidence-based curriculum for use in schools nationally to address symptoms of trauma and violence in youth children. Ultimately, our research will help meet the need of urban and primarily low SES and ethnic minority children who have the highest risk of trauma exposure but are the least likely to access care from traditional mental health resources.

By hosting this replication and dissemination study in Illinois, our goal is to ensure that Illinois youth have the earliest possible access to the Bounce Back intervention program, underscoring Illinois’ position of being one of the first states to adopt Social Emotional Learning standards and to integrate school, community, and stakeholder groups in recognizing the critical impact of adoption a trauma lens to understand risk and resilience in youth.

Funded by the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

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Chicago Behavioral Health Capacity Planning
Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative

Blue Cross Blue Shield launched a three-year Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative in July 2015 to promote health and wellness and prevent the progression of related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Together with Chapin Hall and the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, CCR is supporting the development of tools, training, and business model to grow capacity in the Chicago Public Schools and other community-based organizations to provide mental health and social-emotional learning related services to children, youth, and families in Chicago.