Through initiatives and collaborations, the Heart of Illinois United brings together nonprofit organizations, schools, business, labor and government to address critical health and human care needs in central Illinois.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods

Sponsored by Heart of Illinois United Way, SAL Child Care Connection and Leaders Change Illinois

Launched in 2016, Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods is part of the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Success By 6 and S3 Initiatives. With more than 20 community partners, Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods provides neighborhood-based educational sessions addressing five key areas of social-emotional health:
Launched in 2016, Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods is part of the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Success By 6 and S3 Initiatives. With more than 20 community partners, Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods provides neighborhood-based educational sessions addressing five key areas of social-emotional health.

  1. Self-regulation: The ability to manage my feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in my home, school, and community.
  2. Decision Making: The ability to make healthy and safe choices in my home, school, and community.
  3. Self-awareness: The ability to recognize my feelings and their influence on my behavior in my home, school, and community.
  4. Building Relationships: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships in my home, school, and community.
  5. Social Awareness: The ability to get along with others in my home, school, and community.

Mission:

Strengthen children, families and communities by teaching coping skills.

Goal:

Educate, engage and equip local community members with “teach me what to do” strategies that promote positive behaviors for social-emotional health.

Vision:

Work together to build resilient communities.

Audience:

Parents/guardians, grandparents, caregivers, and neighborhood champions.

Community Partners:

AEON Social Emotional Health
Bradley University Education Department
The Center for Prevention of Abuse
Children’s Home Association of Illinois
Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
City of Peoria-Dept. of Police
Police Neighborhood Services
FamilyCore
Hult Center for Healthy Living
Human Service Center
NAMI Tri-County Illinois
PCCEO Head Start
Peoria County Bright Futures
Peoria Housing Authority
Peoria Public Schools
Pleasant Hill School District 69
Rogy’s Learning Place
Sharon Doubet, Illinois State University
Tazewell Woodford Head Start
Tazwood Center for Wellness
UnityPoint Health – Methodist | Proctor
Woodford County Health Department

Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Family Tools

Family Tools offer age-appropriate conversation starters and everyday practices to help families build healthy social-emotional skills. Download the Family Tools below to strengthen your family, your organization and your neighborhood. Look for more Family Tools to be added over time.

Self-Regulation

Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Self-Regulation Family ToolsProvides tips for early childhood, elementary, and junior high/high school youth. The tools focus on:

  • How to Express My Different Feelings
  • How to Deal with Stress and Stressful Situations
  • How to Stay in Control when I have Strong Feelings
  • How to Maintain and Follow a Consistent Routine
  • How to Stay in the Moment

Click here to download a copy of the Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Self-Regulation Presentation


Decision-Making

Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Decision-Making Family ToolsProvides tips for early childhood, elementary, and junior high/high school youth. The tools focus on:

  • How to Identify Beliefs and Values for Decision-Making
  • How to Make Healthy Decisions
  • How My Decisions Impact Myself and Others Now and in the Future
  • How to Be a Role Model
  • How to Find Alternatives to Unhealthy Behaviors

Click here to download a copy of the Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Decision-Making Skills booklet.


Self-Awareness

Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Self-Awareness Family ToolsProvides tips for early childhood, elementary, and junior high/high school youth. The tools focus on:

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  • How to Recognize Physical Signs of Emotions/li>
  • How to Be Hopeful, Confident and Resilient/li>
  • How to Develop a Positive Cultural Identity/li>
  • How to Motivate Myself

Click here to download a copy of the Healthy Minds, Healthy Neighborhoods Self-Awareness Skills booklet.