For over 15 years, the Athens Photographic Project has offered photography classes and exhibition opportunities to community members living with mental illness in Appalachian Ohio as a vital component of their mental health recovery support.
Athens Photographic Project has been selected for a PCORI Pipeline to Proposal award in order to create a research community that examines consumer choice and benefits when multiple clinical and alternative treatment options are available within a community’s mental health network of care.
This nine-month, Tier I project will result in a developed group of consumers, caregivers, researchers, and mental health professionals who make a commitment to working together to engage in comparative effectiveness research studies examining consumer choice and benefit in recovery.
The longer-term (Tier II and beyond) activities are expected to lead to consumer-driven research studies that may indicate the best treatment options that result in increased quality of life and social inclusion for those living with mental illness in rural areas, and that better understand how communities in rural high-poverty areas can work together at a local level to improve consumer options in recovery.
This project is led by Nate Thomson, Executive Director, Athens Photographic Project, with support from Kelly Nottingham, MPH, CHES, Executive Director, Primary Care Research Initiatives, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Office of Research and Grants.
VIDEO (below): Providing More Treatment Options for Mental Health
This Pipeline to Proposal award hopes to give mental health patients in rural areas a wider range of choices when determining which treatment options will work best in their recovery.