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Oklahoma Project LAUNCH                                                                                

The health and prosperity of Oklahoma families and communities require an investment in the physical and emotional health of our young children.  Funded by a federal initiative through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Oklahoma Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health) is partnering with Rogers County Health Department and many community partners to pilot new ways to promote young child wellness.


Purpose of Oklahoma Project LAUNCH

  • Promote the wellness of young children ages birth through 8 years by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development
  • Improve coordination across child-serving systems, build infrastructure, and increase access to high-quality prevention and wellness promotion services for children and their families


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Oklahoma Project LAUNCH Prevention and Promotion Strategies

  • Screening and assessment in a range of child-serving settings
  • Integration of behavioral health into primary care settings
  • Mental health consultation in early care and education
  • Enhanced home visiting through increased focus on social and emotional well-being
  • Family strengthening and parent skills training

Oklahoma Project LAUNCH goals

  • Promote awareness of the significance of infant and early childhood mental health
  • Enhance the capability of the infant and early childhood work force to effectively meet the needs of children birth to eight, their families, and caregivers
  • Develop, enhance, and expand programs for IECMH promotion, prevention, early intervention, and treatment to support the well-being of children birth to 8 years, their families and caregivers
  • Create infrastructure and policies to support an integrated early childhood system of care


Oklahoma Project LAUNCH's Public Health Approach

  • Working toward coordinated programs that take a comprehensive view of health and promote the well-being of all young children
  • Seeks to improve outcomes at the individual, family, and community levels by addressing risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes
  • Promotes protective factors that support resilience and healthy development, which can protect individuals from later problems


For More Information . . .

        What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

       Infant Mental Health Infographic

        Oklahoma State Plan for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

       Oklahoma Project LAUNCH Profile

       Oklahoma Project LAUNCH Annual Report 2015

       Oklahoma Project LAUNCH Progress Report 2016

       Oklahoma Project LAUNCH Strategic Plan

       Project LAUNCH National Brief

       Planting Seeds in Fertile Ground: Steps Every Policymaker Should Take to Advance Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

       Children's Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of their Brains





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