Reinventing the path for pediatric mental health care
The Connor Child Health Pavilion: A comprehensive model that supports the social, emotional and mental health of children
The state of our children’s health is in crisis. Here in our community and across the country, mental health is the number one health concern facing our youth. Nationally, 1 in 6 children will need care for a mental health issue. In fact, the number of children who have or have had a psychiatric disorder is outpacing the number of children with cancer, diabetes and HIV combined. Today, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34.
In response to these grim statistics, The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners helped Dayton Children’s Hospital open The Connor Child Health Pavilion, a first-of-its-kind medical center that addresses the mental health of children with a robust system of care that increases access to vital mental health services and prevention programs for our children. Building this pediatric mental health care center of excellence will transform the delivery of pediatric mental health care to help our most vulnerable children live as healthy as possible today and into the future.
The Connor Child Health Pavilion is the first program in the country that fully integrates community-based services into the primary care setting to address the non-medical factors that impact physical and mental health.