It is AWF’s role to serve as an educator, funder and convener on critical issues such as how mental health impacts women in our community. Women impacted by poverty are twice as likely to suffer from mental illness. Without access to the services needed, these women are unable to accomplish the goals they are trying to achieve to become economically self-sufficient.
AWF applies a collective impact approach to the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Initiative. The collective impact approach is a structured process that supports a common agenda, continuous communication, shared measurement, and shared reinforcing activities among the grantee cohort. AWF provides the backbone function, coordinating across the cohort. The model brings together a diverse group of nonprofits. All of the nonprofits selected for this initiative provide wrap-around services for their clients, which is a proven and effective strategy to combat multiple interrelated issues, thereby eliminating additional barriers.
Since 2015, AWF has awarded over $700,000 to twelve local non-profit organizations providing mental and behavioral health services to women impacted by poverty.
The project has far exceeded expectations. It aimed to provide 4,000 women living at or below the poverty guidelines with access to mental and behavioral health services in its first two years. However, the project nearly doubled the goal by providing access to just over 7,800 women. The initiative has proven to be very successful, exceeding our two-year impact goals!
To read about the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project recipients and their programs, click here.
To learn about how this program exceeded outcome expectation after year one, click here.
AWF is grateful to Kaiser Permanente of Georgia for their support of the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project.