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Prevention Institute Puts St. Louis ReCAST in the Spotlight

The Prevention Institute (PI), a national nonprofit which promotes equitable and community-based health policy, recently featured St. Louis ReCAST as one of three organizations that are building healing communities around the country. This is the result of an ongoing partnership between the St. Louis ReCAST Core Advisory Board and the PI.

In a new two-minute video, the Institute spotlights how St. Louis ReCAST, Healing City Baltimore, and Heal San Francisco are building healthier communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video is part of the Prevention Institute’s Adverse Childhood Experiences and Suicide Prevention Rapid Response Training & Technical Assistance Tools project, a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ReCAST was selected for its innovative approach to community engagement through participatory budgeting. Dozens of St. Louis Promise Zone residents appear in the video, which is being shared nationwide.

The mission of the PI is to build prevention and health equity into key policies and actions at the federal, state, local, and organizational level to ensure that all people can experience health, safety, and well-being. St. Louis ReCAST is honored to have their recognition for utilizing an equitable approach to advancing community well-being in the St. Louis Promise Zone.

With our scope on Children’s Mental Health, here are some statistics that shape our nation:

Approx. 3 in 4 children aged 3-17 years with depression also have anxiety


For children aged 3-17 years with anxiety, more than 1 in 3 also have behavior problems


Nearly 8 in 10 children aged 3-17 years with depression received treatment



Ghandour RM, Sherman LJ, Vladutiu CJ, Ali MM, Lynch SE, Bitsko RH, Blumberg SJ. Prevalence and treatment of depression, anxiety, and conduct problems in U.S. children. The Journal of Pediatrics, 2018. Published online before print October 12, 2018

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