Healthy Campus Awarded Nearly $750K Grant to Revolutionize Mental Healthcare in Vista Unified School District

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VISTA, CALIFORNIA – (MAY 22, 2024) – Healthy Campus, a pioneering management services organization committed to bringing barrier-free health services to school communities, is thrilled to be the recipient of a $749,062 grant through the Child and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI) Round 5. 


This funding will support an array of transformative mental health interventions aimed at addressing the urgent needs of students within the Vista Unified School District.

Thanks to the CYBHI grant, Healthy Campus will be implementing a comprehensive suite of services, including Universal Mental Health Screenings (UMHS), a membership model, an iHeart campaign, and group visits utilizing the evidence-based Blues Program. These initiatives are designed to provide vital support to students struggling with mental health challenges, fostering a healthier academic environment and community at large.

“We are deeply committed to protecting and caring for the mental health of our state’s young people,” said Thomas Shaffer, President of Healthy Campus. “This grant represents a significant step towards realizing that vision, allowing us to deliver critical services to some of the most vulnerable students in Vista.”

Through strategic partnerships and cutting-edge technology, Healthy Campus will implement its Whole Child Model across five high-need high schools within the district, including…

  • Vista High School
  • Major General Murray High School
  • Alta Vista High School 
  • Mission Vista High School
  • Rancho Buena Vista High School

This model, inspired by the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework, aims to identify and address mental health needs proactively, ensuring that every student receives personalized care.

One key aspect of this initiative is the strategic partnership with iHeartMedia, which will amplify Healthy Campus’s reach within the community. By harnessing the power of iHeartMedia’s extensive platform, Healthy Campus aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and destigmatize seeking help.

The urgency of addressing mental health challenges among youth cannot be overstated. Recent data from the California Healthy Kids Survey underscores the prevalence of these issues within the community, with alarming statistics revealing high rates of suicidal ideation, social/emotional distress, and chronic sadness among high school students.

“We are acutely aware of the profound impact that mental health issues can have on students’ academic performance, overall well-being, and future prospects,” added Shaffer. “Through this grant, Healthy Campus is determined to make a tangible difference in the lives of these students, empowering them to thrive both academically and personally.”

Healthy Campus’s initiative will target schools where the need is most acute, with statistics indicating high levels of socioeconomic disadvantage, food insecurity, and a significant proportion of English Language Learners. By addressing these challenges head-on, Healthy Campus aims to create a more equitable and supportive educational environment for all students.

Healthy Campus extends its heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to the grant proposal and expresses its commitment to ensuring its successful implementation. 

To learn more about Healthy Campus or this CYBHI grant, please contact Emily Casey at

About Healthy Campus

Healthy Campus, founded in 2021 and headquartered in Irvine, CA, is making it easier for schools to offer high-quality, accessible healthcare to students, staff, and their families. The company provides a wide range of healthcare services to participating schools, from mental health programs to annual wellness visits and respiratory virus testing. To learn more about Healthy Campus and its services, please visit


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