Heroes for Health: Rodney Prunty

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Rodney Prunty, President and CEO of United Way of Racine County

Website: http://www.unitedwayracine.org

Email: rprunty@unitedwayracine.org

Phone: 262-898-2248

About United Way of Racine County: The United Way works to improve lives and create lasting community change in partnership with local organizations. Through a well-organized, volunteer-driven allocation process, the United Way makes effective investments in more than 60 programs in Racine County. The United Way’s focus is on education, income, and health because they are the building blocks for a successful life.

Words from Rodney, a Hero for Health:

Having worked in education, social services and the nonprofit sector, I understand the significance of mental health care from different field perspectives. Unfortunately, I’ve found that mental health services are often some of the first to be cut when budgets are tight. We need to educate those around us on the importance of mental healthcare, and bring it to the foreground in addressing all issues affecting our community.

When resources are limited, capacity, too, becomes an issue for many seeking mental health assistance. Those who request care shouldn’t have to endure long waitlists. The Collaborative can help allocate resources in a way that makes treatment more accessible to all who need it.

A highly functional children’s mental health system requires significant communication and coordination; the Collaborative serves as a vehicle for this much-needed communication by bringing together various entities invested in children’s mental health. Together, we take what the community tells us would best help its children, and we work to provide the best possible resources to address the community’s needs.

Mental healthcare allows us to service the whole person. Mental and emotional well-being are just as vital to a person’s success as physical and material needs. We can improve a child’s environment by addressing mental health concerns that may be affecting their ability to thrive.

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