Jessica Zavala

Jessica Zavala joined the clinical team at Stark Mental Health & Addiction Recovery in October of 2014 as the Community Engagement-Youth Services Coordinator. At StarkMHAR, Jessica supports efforts and partnerships that improve access, quality and utilization of service within culturally diverse communities. She also monitors and reviews programs that serve traditionally underserved populations as well as youth and family programs. In addition, Jessica is responsible for supporting school district and school-based promotional activities that promote resiliency and improve recovery outcomes, including participation in Care Team initiatives. Jessica is currently a Youth Mental Health First Aid and Cultural Competency Trainer. Prior to Jessica’s role in the clinical department, she joined StarkMHAR in 2013 as the Electronic Health Records Specialist relocating from Arizona where she was employed by Arizona’s Children Association. While employed in Arizona, Jessica assisted in the facilitation of statewide training for agency staff using NEXTGEN. In addition to the electronic software efforts, Jessica developed service programs with the collaboration of key community stakeholders to implement, monitor and plan behavioral health services for families and children with varying service needs. Jessica’s role also included assessing substance exposed newborns (birth to 5) and children through agency partnership with Child Protective Services and Best for Babies, a local collaborative. Jessica also was employed by an Outpatient Community-Based Mental Health Organization prior to her tenure in Arizona and had an active role in consumer treatment services. Jessica has a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Akron, a certificate of Business Management Technology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Leadership. Jessica is also bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently.

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BLOG: Training trainers: Youth Mental Health First Aid comes to Stark County!

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This week, October 24-28, will be noteworthy and exciting for Stark County as the National Council for Behavioral Health will be on site to provide a training of the trainers! Because of the generosity of the Austin Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation to Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, 30 individuals from Stark County’s school …

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BLOG: The real cost of health inequity

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A recent article published in the Akron Beacon Journal surveyed the true cost of health inequity. Health inequity – which is defined as disparities in health that are a result of systemic, avoidable and unjust social and economic policies and practices – creates barriers to opportunity. These health disparities are the differences in health status among distinct …

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