Dr. JoAnne Malloy at UNH Receives HRSA Building Futures Together GrantDr. JoAnne Malloy at UNH Receives HRSA Building Futures Together Grant

December 11, 2020

Dr. JoAnne Malloy, research associate professor, recently received $2.4M from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Building Futures Together at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. The newly funded program will prepare 98 paraprofessionals in healthcare and school settings to provide specialized enhanced care coordination to children, youth, and their caregivers whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD). Dr. Malloy has been a strong leader in children's mental health and workforce development and hopes to expand the state's capacity to protect our most vulnerable children, youth, and families from the lasting impact of the opioid crisis.

Over the next four years, Dr. Malloy's team will provide intensive on the job training and didactic instruction that will focus on topics such as the effects of trauma and toxic stress, family systems, and addiction, community health systems, interdisciplinary teaming, family- and youth-driven care planning, and peer recovery support. "There is pressing need to provide community-based care coordination to children, adolescents, and families affected by opioid use and other substance use disorders," says Dr. Malloy. "That's why we are so excited that we received this grant allowing us the opportunity to train 98 paraprofessionals as enhanced care coordination within several school districts, community health centers, and other community healthcare settings throughout the state. We are hopeful this project will address our workforce shortages while standing up a high-quality practice to support some of our most vulnerable children and youth."

In his proclamation for National Apprenticeship Week, Governor Sununu recognized Malloy's Building Futures Together team for their commitment to the advancement of apprenticeship and workforce development in New Hampshire. To learn more about this project visit https://iod.unh.edu/projects/building-futures-together.