Promotion and Prevention

Framework for Updated Plan

The plan will be developed through four task forces. The task forces 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.

The following button titled, “Member Resources” grants access to Promotion and Prevention Workgroup Members to retrieve general information and background materials to help aid in the Plan development process.

Member Resources


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 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



225 E. Chicago Ave.
Box 153
Chicago, Illinois 60611
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