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Children’s Minnesota awarded grant as part of the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative 

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – Children’s Minnesota is pleased to announce it received $100,000 as part of the second cohort of the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative, A Cardinal Health Foundation National Collaborative, which is an initiative from Cardinal Health, Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) and the Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI) at the Education Development Center (EDC), to better identify and care for youth at risk for suicide. 

In the midst of a nationwide youth mental health crisis, the Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative is working to develop a pediatric-specific, data-driven approach that will enable participating children’s hospitals and health systems to better track, share, and implement best suicide prevention practices with each other. This program supports a system-wide transformation in suicide care at children’s hospitals and will help save children’s lives. 

“At Children’s Minnesota, every day we see firsthand the urgent mental health crisis kids are experiencing,” said Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota. “We know that the issues faced by children and teens don’t disappear when they leave our hospitals and clinics. More needs to be done to address the growing needs in our community. This grant will help us design a better model of care to follow up with kids at risk of suicide.” 

“Children’s hospitals and health systems work within their hospitals, outpatient clinics and emergency rooms and in partnership with their communities to improve the health of children and youth – including their mental, emotional and behavioral health,” said Amy Wimpey Knight, president of CHA. “With some 30 pediatric health care organizations now focused on building stronger care systems to recognize, intervene and treat children and youth at risk of suicide through the Preventing Youth Suicide Collaborative, we will save lives. We are grateful to these hospitals, their community partners and to Cardinal Health and the Zero Suicide Institute for their leadership and partnership with CHA. We are committed to sharing their work with children’s hospitals across the nation.” 

“At Cardinal Health, we’re committed to investing in the mental wellbeing of not only our employees, but our communities as well,” said Jessie Cannon, vice president of Community Relations at Cardinal Health. “We’re proud to continue to support the work CHA and children’s hospitals are doing to reduce youth suicide. We’re confident this program will make a lasting impact in funded communities.” 

To learn more about the collaborative visit: Preventing Youth Suicide National Collaborative ( 


Dina Elrashidy