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Scattergood Foundation announces 2018 Innovation Award

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Scattergood Foundation and National Council for Behavioral Health announced Communities of HEALing as the 2018 Scattergood Innovation Award Winner. Communities of HEALing is a groundbreaking and unprecedented approach to eating disorder recovery.

Initially created as a program to raise money for those who could not afford treatment for eating disorders, Kristina Saffran founded Project HEAL after seeing first-hand that many clients experienced relapse due to a lack of inexpensive step-down care from residential or acute programs.  This year, Project HEAL is embarking on a partnership with the Columbia University Eating Disorders Research Program to study the program in a randomized controlled trial. The program continues to grow, with plans to replicate in their 40 Project HEAL chapters across the U.S.

Learn more about Communities of HEALing, the first peer mentorship program for people with eating disorders.

The Scattergood Innovation Award Winner is selected by an expert panel of judges, who reviewed a total of 88 applications to identify five finalists. This year's finalists were featured in a panel on Innovation in Behavioral Health at NatCon 2018, held April 23-25 in Washington, DC. 

View all of the 2018 Scattergood Innovation Award applications in their online database


Pictured: Joe Pyle (President, Scattergood Foundation) with Kristina Saffran (Founder & CEO, Project HEAL)