Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

Dahlia Campus
for Health & Well-Being

Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being provides a place for community members to connect with their neighbors, learn new skills and find supports they need to increase their health and well-being. Press Contact

A Welcoming Space for Health, Hope, and Well-Being

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The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being is the result of a strong partnership between the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Northeast Park Hill community, understanding that those in the community are the ones who know best how to improve their health and well-being.

Dahlia Campus was recently featured nationally on PBS NewsHour, watch here.

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About the Campus

Over the last several years, Northeast Park Hill residents have shared their ideas about well-being, health, education, food access, access to dental care and mental health. Building on the strengths of the community and informed by natural community leaders, Dahlia Campus offers a comprehensive array of services focused on what neighbors report they need, including:

Sewall Preschool at Dahlia Campus

Our campus features a preschool for children ages 2.5 to 5 to ensure community access to early childhood education and care. Learn More

Dental Clinic for Children

We are home to a dental clinic for children, providing oral exams, cleanings, fillings and other dental procedures for children up to the age of 18. Learn More

Access to Fresh Produce & Healthy Protein

We have a 40,000 sq ft urban garden and an aquaponics greenhouse. All the fresh produce and fish raised on site will be offered to the community.

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services

Our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services team provides specialized outpatient mental healthcare for deaf and hard of hearing children, families and adults. Learn More

Mental Health Services

We offer a full range of community-based mental health services, providing effective, flexible and individualized treatment solutions that support the needs of growing children and their families. Learn More

Outdoor & Indoor Community Space

The campus features beautiful outdoor spaces to support multi-generational populations as they gather, connect, cook and play. Learn more about our outdoor spaces

Campus

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Our Campus features:

 A four-acre site at 35th and Dahlia in northeast Denver.

• 46,000 square feet of indoor classroom, play, community and therapy space.

• Outdoor components include play areas, counseling gardens and an urban farm.

Community

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The entire Denver community is welcome here

Everyone is invited to visit and participate in the many offerings available at the Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being.

Programs & Services

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We proudly serve:

Families, children, and adults of all ages
• Spanish speaking adults and families
• Youth, including those experiencing homelessness or youth who may be at risk for suicide or self-harm
• Deaf and hard of hearing adults, children and families

Putting Community Back in Community Mental Health

Denver’s Northeast Park Hill is a proud neighborhood filled with strong people. Built in the 1950s, Dahlia Square was the largest African-American-owned shopping center in the U.S. with a thriving grocery store, roller-skating rink, bowling alley and a full array of local businesses. But times changed and gradually the once popular neighborhood nucleus became an eyesore and was razed. It became a gaping hole in the neighborhood fabric.

Over the years, many groups from outside the community offered help. But promises were broken, plans fell apart and the vacant lot remained. When the Mental Health Center of Denver purchased the land several years ago, neighbors were wary. Maya Wheeler, an advocate for the African-American community, was one of them. She worried that mostly white clinicians and social workers would come into the primarily African-American and Latino neighborhood to solve community problems with prescription drugs.

Lydia Prado, Ph.D., vice president of child and family services at the Mental Health Center of Denver, spent nearly three years meeting with community members and other stakeholders and listening to what people in the surrounding neighborhood wanted and needed to help their community thrive. “Little by little we got to know each other and crafted a vision together about what would make a difference,” she says.

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A stand-alone mental health center was not a top priority for neighborhood families and children. Higher on the list was a preschool, children’s dental care and a gathering place for social and educational activities with a focus on well-being. Topping the list of priorities was food—fresh, wholesome food. The neighborhood was in a “food desert” with no access to fresh food nearby and many relying on nearby gas stations to buy groceries.

“We had to develop a different kind of service model,” says Dr. Prado. “Anything that sounded institutional, or was like what we’ve always done, or with a focus on mental illness did not resonate.”

 

By listening to the community, Dr. Prado and her team responded by seeking out partnerships with an array of commercial and nonprofit service providers. Dahlia Campus now includes early childhood education, pediatric dentistry and classes ranging from Art to Zumba. Mental health components of well-being are integrated into Dahlia’s bustling intersection of services and amenities. Neighbors also helped give the new project a name: Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being.

Especially unique for a mental health center, Dahlia Campus offers wholesome food. Food growing in the one-acre garden. Tilapia and catfish growing in nutrient-rich aquaponics tanks that nourish vegetables growing above. Food from local farmers and gardeners sold on site. Food distributed at a food pantry. Food prepared in a kitchen designed to teach nutritious cooking. Food growing around the neighborhood by newly minted urban gardeners.

Since Dahlia Campus is not a traditional mental health clinic, people arrive for many different reasons—taking their kids to the dentist, enrolling a child in preschool, visiting the food pantry, attending a parenting class or learning how to grow a garden and prepare healthy meals. Social activities will feature gospel singing, recipe clubs, sewing and knitting circles, activities for grandparents raising grandchildren and much more. “We will provide opportunities focused on learning something new, feeling better, getting connected, having questions answered, all beyond traditional therapy groups, as well as the best treatment available,” says Dr. Prado.

Dahlia Campus may be the first and, for now, the only facility of its kind in the nation that goes beyond a traditional mental health clinic model. “Mental health treatment is built around a culture of expertise that is good at identifying what’s wrong with people, and less good at identifying what’s right,” says Dr. Prado. “Communities we think of as ‘disadvantaged’ have something to teach like grit, determination, perseverance and foresight.”

A former critic, Maya Wheeler, is now one of the Dahlia Campus’s enthusiastic champions. “Every time I went to them with a concern, they took my input to heart,” she says. “Dahlia Campus will build on community assets and make our community stronger and better.”

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Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being
3401 Eudora St
Denver, CO 80207

Phone 303-300-6333

Hours of Operation
Mon, Wed, Fri - 8 am - 5 pm
Tues & Thurs - 8 am - 7 pm

Map of Dahlia Campus

Take a Tour

To schedule a tour of Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being, contact Taliah Abdullah.

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Taliah.Abdullah@mhcd.org

303-300-6140

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Press Contact

Please direct all Dahlia Campus Media Inquiries to:

 

Adam Becker
Director of High Impact Communications
Mental Health Center of Denver
Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being
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