Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s role is 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 nonprofit 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!

Project Outcomes 2015–2017:

Mental and behavioral health consultations have been provided. This is 396% over goal!
Women living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines have had access to mental and behavioral health services. 95% over goal!
Women with chronic illnesses have been referred for mental and behavioral health services. 214% over goal!
Women with chronic illnesses have received mental and behavioral health services. 44% over goal!
Women with mental health conditions & hypertension and/or diabetes have achieved their target range for blood pressure and/or hemoglobin A1c.

Read more about how the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project exceeded outcome expectations after year one.

2017 Grantees

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