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Clark University Launches “Mi Peace” App to Provide Mental Health Self-help and Support from Professionals

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Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute worked with OutSystems, and delivery partner Do iT Lean to launch its behavioral health app. MI Peace provides guidance and self-help for common behavioral health concerns and connects users with support from mental health professionals.

  • Case Management
  • Mobile Applications
  • Web Apps & Portals
Challenge

How to Help Young People Develop the Social and Emotional Skills Needed to Succeed?

The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise is part of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s focused on the behavioral health of adolescents and young adults, particularly young men of color.

“With OutSystems and the expertise of Do iT Lean, we were able to think out of the box and deliver our ‘MI Peace’ app to connect and engage with young people and help them at this difficult time."

Nadia Ward Executive Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University

The institute envisions a world where young people are supported to develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in school and life. The team realized that they needed innovative ways to connect with young people to help them take advantage of the available support.

The pandemic crisis and social distancing meant that the institute urgently needed new digital tools that would help them serve isolated young people and ensure that they could access support.

Why Clark University chose OutSystems:
  • Speed-up development and improve agility
  • Deliver public-facing web and mobile apps
  • Enable continuous delivery
Solution

Agile Development Led to Numerous Enhancements

Since mid-2020, the Mosakowski Institute has been working with OutSystems, and delivery partner Do iT Lean to launch a mobile app and portal called “MI Peace.”

“We wanted to do something big and bold in the way we support young people with their mental health concerns—especially in light of the extra challenges from COVID."

Nadia Ward Executive Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University

Following a two-week ideation workshop that identified 24 high-level requirements, MI Peace was delivered in eight months of agile development. Thanks to the speed and flexibility of OutSystems and the expertise of Do iT Lean, the project team delivered numerous enhancements they identified during the project.

Results

MI Peace Mobile App and Accompanying Portal Ensures Young People Get the Support They Need

MI Peace offers guidance and self-help for common behavioral health concerns and connects young people with support from mental health professionals. The back-office case management portal provides a holistic view of mental health trends and interventions both for individuals and the overall student population.

The MI Peace application is available on a direct-to-consumer basis and is provided to schools and community groups to support the behavioral health needs of the young people that they serve.

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