Highland Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Schools and Suddenlink.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
We talked with Alecia Allen, Local Young Child Wellness Coordinator and Megan Phillips, Young Child Wellness Specialist from Project LAUNCH.
Alecia explained the mission of Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). It is to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development. The long-term goal of Project LAUNCH is to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. Project LAUNCH seeks to improve coordination across child-serving systems, build infrastructure, and increase access to high-quality prevention and wellness promotion services for children and their families.
Megan talked about the objectives of Project LAUNCH, a grant funded program from SAMSHA . Project LAUNCH has five core prevention and promotion strategies: (1) screening and assessment in a variety of child-serving settings, (2) enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being, (3) mental health consultation in early care and education programs, (4) family strengthening and parent skills training, and (5) integration of behavioral health into primary care settings.
Megan and Alecia hope to impact 500 families on the west side of Charleston, WV.
They can be reached at 304-710-6719.
We also interviewed Brittany Myers, Associate Director of Marketing & Development with the Children’s Home Society.
Brittany talked about what CHS is all about. The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. The Society is a participatory organization consisting of employees, foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, Board members, Directors Emeriti, advisory council members, donors, benefactors, supporters, and friends. They are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is representative of the communities we serve from around the state. They are licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia. We are a member agency of the West Virginia Alliance for Children, the Child Welfare League of America and we are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.
Comprehensive child welfare, behavioral health, social casework and advocacy services are provided to over 6,887 children each year from twelve primary locations throughout the state. Some of our current programs are adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.
The mission of the Children’s Home Society is to promote the well being of children. Their current efforts are directed at helping children find lifetime families, protecting and nurturing children, and helping preserve and strengthen their families.
She also gave us some details on their upcoming 20th Annual Conference set for November 12-13, 2015 at the Charleston Marriott. Highland Hospital is happy to be a support of the event.
The theme is ‘Crisis to Confidence’. Call 304-345-3894 for more information on the upcoming conference. Nine (9) CEU’s are available.
Brittany also talked with us about their upcoming ‘Little Red Stocking Fund’ campaign.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-348-1417. Special thanks to our Assistant Producer, LeAnne Ross.