Promotion and Prevention

Framework for Updated Plan

The plan will be developed through four workgroups. The workgroups are designed to address the unique needs that a child and their family face at different points of time on a mental health and wellness continuum and across systems. Their charge is as follows:

  • Create a series of cross-sector and interagency recommendations for how the State of Illinois can improve mental health and wellbeing for children and their families across the entire state. Each workgroup will incorporate the following themes in their recommendations: 1) diversity, equity, and inclusion 2) trauma 3) development and life course; 4) and needs in the public and private systems.


Promotion and Prevention is tasked with developing recommendations focused on maximizing mental health and wellness for children and their families prior to the emergence of a mental, behavioral,  or developmental disorder while also minimizing mental health challenges for high-risk populations. 

Promotion and Prevention Areas of Action

  1.  In Illinois, we will eliminate stigma for children, families, and communities through public awareness and education on mental health and its social determinants.

2. In Illinois, we will ensure every child, family, and community has direct access to and care coordination of primary care, mental health care, and support services that works to promote mental health and prevent mental health concerns as part of routine health care.

3. In Illinois, we will ensure every child, family, and community receives high quality social emotional development education and supports to address mental health and trauma in their lives and communities.

Promotion and Prevention Co-Chairs

Marlita White, MSW, LCSW *ICMHP Appointee

Director, Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Kathy Swafford, MD, FAAP
Medical Director
Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network

 Promotion and Prevention Workgroup Members

*ICMHP Appointees

John ALbright


*Heather Alderman, JD

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Lia Daniels, MPH

Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA)

Maria Degillo

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)

Donzell Franklin, MA

Partnership for Resilience; University Park Village Trustee

*Karen Freel, PhD

Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health

Phyllis Glink, MPP

Irving Harris Foundation

Jamie Hamill, dnp, aprn, pmhnp-Bc


Angie Hampton, Ms

Egyptian Health Department

*Kristine Herman, Ms

Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Jacqueline Herrera


*Debbie Humphrey, mba

Madison County Mental Health Board, Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois

Lori James-Gross, phD

Unity Point School District 140

Rebecca Langan, msw

Youth Guidance

Lori Longueville

Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families

*Kim Mann, PHD

Department of Children and Family Services

*Carla Marquez Ripley, MA, LCPC

Your Story Counseling

*Kenya Mcrae, jd, phd

Illinois Department of Public Health

Austa Murray, lcsw

La Rabida Children’s Hospital

Chi Chi Okwu, mph

EverThrive Illinois

Elias Palacios, Ma, CAADC, ICAADC

Department of Human Services

*Quinn Rallins, JD, MSC

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Julie Spielberger, phd

Chapin Hall

*Cara Wiley, med

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Kate Zinsser, Phd

University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

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