Great Lakes Regional Initiative/6 Midwest State Project
The mission of the Great Lakes Urban Initiative is to design, implement, evaluate, and replicate a culturally intelligent, high-impact, cost-effective demonstration partnership addressing specific behavioral health and public health needs in communities of color within the region.
Raise awareness of mental health well-being and assist people to lead more productive and autonomous lifestyles through service, advocacy, and education.
Reduce public and behavioral health concerns within communities of color related to the misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), including prescription drugs and medications.
Collaborate with members on community “trauma-informed care.”
GLUI Vision: The Great Lakes Urban Initiative envisions urban environments within the Great Lakes Region where there is a culture of peace, mental and physical stability, and all people are treated equally.
GLUI represents the epitome of a coalition framework that has effectively and successfully been able to create linkages and develop networks between the myriad of recovery initiatives throughout the region. The outcome has been, and continues to be, the cultivation of a multitude of opportunities that provide services and support to individuals and families, while investing toward healthier communities. Enid Osborne, PhD, SAMHSA, CSAT Project Officer
Why Support GLUI?
1 in 6 persons in the United States live in the GLUI Region (16.2%).
The 6 GLUI cities are among the 50 largest US cities; 4 are in the top 20.
Populations within these cities are more diverse (race and ethnicity) than the average US population.
Poverty rates for seniors, veterans, children, and single women of color with children are up to 4 times higher than the US average.
Between 2014 & 2015, death rates from opioid overdose have risen between 2.6 % and 21.5%- significant increases for 4 of the 6 GLUI states.
Rate of persons (18+) reporting a serious mental illness in a year is almost 2 times higher for those living at or below 100% of poverty.
Through GLUI, services that improve health outcomes are being developed, piloted, evaluated and disseminated, while specifically honoring the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of inner city populations.