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Drexel Professor Evaluates Philadelphia’s Mental Health First Aid Training

Rabbi Nancy E. Epstein, associate professor at Drexel University School of Public Health, is serving as principal investigator for an evaluation of Philadelphia's Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. MHFA is a prevention and early intervention-focused training program for the general public that is being rolled out by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) to approximately 10,000 Philadelphians in the next two years. Spearheaded by DBHIDS's commissioner, Dr. Arthur C. Evans, MHFA is a public health-oriented behavioral health initiative dedicated to promoting the mayor's goals for a Healthy Philadelphia. It has also been selected by President Obama to be included in his recent national initiative AWARE: Advancing Awareness and Resilience through Education that was launched following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many cities and states across the United States are currently in the process of implementing MHFA.