Project LAUNCH

The LAUNCH project promotes the emotional, social, and behavioral health of young children by enhancing early childhood service systems.

Updates:

      • Two posters were presented at The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s 23rd Annual Colloquium on July 22-25, 2015 in Boston, MA. See the posters below:

APSAC Poster 2015 Social-Emotional & Behavioral Improvements LAUNCH corrected

APSAC Poster 2015 Caregiver Improvements LAUNCH corrected

Project LaunchThis project is led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The LAUNCH project promotes the emotional, social, and behavioral health of young children by enhancing early childhood service systems. The MDPH has works closely with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as the local partner to enhance local systems of care for Boston children birth to 8 years -of -age. The local project creates a Learning Collaborative at two community health centers (CHCs), Codman Square Health Center and Martha Eliot Health Center, and one primary care clinic at the Boston Medical Center (BMC). The BMC site serves all Boston children, while the two CHCs serve children from the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. The project helps these three sites improve the quality of their pediatric practices, integrate new mental health services with ongoing pediatric care, and assure linkage of medical homes with other community programs that serve children. Through funding a family partner and a mental health clinician at each site, who will provide family support and parent training, this project provides enhanced direct services to families experiencing child abuse or neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, maternal depression or other parental mental health problems.

Associated IUHRP Staff

Beth Molnar

Beth Molnar

Principal Investigator
Bill McMullen

Bill McMullen

Statistician / Project Manager
Ling Shi

Ling Shi

Statistician
Madeline Garcia-Gilbert

Madeline Garcia-Gilbert

Student Graduate Assistant

Grant Support

Project LAUNCH is funded by a five-year, $607,000 grant from the Substance Abuse Health and Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The evaluation team also received funding from Abt Associates to conduct a special study to evaluate the impacts of Project LAUNCH on population level outcomes.