Prevention Institute and the Movember Foundation are pleased to introduce the Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative and to invite applicants to a funding opportunity to support planning and implementation of upstream, community-driven, mental health and wellbeing strategies for men and boys.  The Web Forum will provide an overview of the funder, the initiative and the funding opportunity including information on the two-part selection process that begins with submitting a letter of interest according to funding announcement guidelines by Friday June 12, 2015.

This initiative, funded by the Movember Foundation, builds on a detailed landscape report, Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys in the U.S., which details the current state of mental health for American men and boys, and discusses societal challenges and opportunities for healing.  Consistent with report findings, the Making Connections initiative encourages applicants who can design multi-sector, collaborative approaches for high-need communities such as boys and men of color and their families, and/or military and veteran communities/families.  Eight to ten sites will be selected to receive awards of up to $150,000 for a one-year planning period. Selected sites may be eligible to receive 2-4 years of implementation funding. 

At the center of this initiative is a community of practice among sites and initiative partners who will participate in technical assistance and work to promote resilience and improved mental health across generations of boys and men through community-level strategies.  The 90-minute Web Forum on May 28th will provide:

  • Information on community-level approaches to mental health and wellbeing and the types of work being developed through this initiative
  • Findings from the Making Connections report and its emphasis on key populations of men and boys and their families
  • Guidance to potential applicants on the funding requirements and application process
  • Expectations of selected sites and the initiative’s learning community
  • Questions from Web Forum participants regarding the application process.


Clare Shann, PhD

Global Mental Health Lead

Movember Foundation

Sydney, Australia

Clare Shann is the Global Mental Health Lead for the Movember Foundation, and has responsibility for Movember’s investments in mental health programs and research globally. Clare is the former Deputy CEO of beyondblue (Australia’s national depression and anxiety initiative), where she was responsible for several program areas, including workplace mental…

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Larry Cohen, MSW

Executive Director and Founder

Prevention Institute

Oakland, CA

Larry Cohen, MSW, is founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving community health and equity through effective primary prevention: building resilience and preventing illness, injury, and violence before they occur. Larry has helped to advance a deeper understanding of how community factors shape health…

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Howard Pinderhughes, PhD

Associate Professor

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Howard is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UC San Francisco. His focus areas include sociological theory; youth violence and adolescent health; race, ethnicity, and health inequality; and social change. The author of Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth, he has examined the…

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Sheila Savannah, MA

Program Director

Prevention Institute

Oakland, CA

Sheila provides leadership on health equity, mental health and violence prevention focus areas. In her leadership role on mental health, she focuses on its intersection with community resilience, and the social determinants of health; with projects aimed at improving outcomes for boys and men of color, and addressing trauma through…

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