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Public Relations Committee

Our Mission:

Increase awareness of mental health, disabilities, and co-occurring substance use disorders across our state and locally through efficient use of resources, both human and financial.

The CMHA PR Committee includes volunteer professionals from its member organizations. This workgroup develops, shares and implements communications and public relations strategies in support of CMHA and member events and efforts, including the annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes Rally in Lansing.


Chair: Bridgitte Gates, Monroe County CMH Authority

Vice Chair: Anna Bednarek, CMH of Ottawa County

Why is PR Important?

•Offers unique benefits over company-produced ads or publications
•Provides credibility
•Can influence public thought
•Can reach several audiences at once
•Creates a better understanding of an issue or position

What is Newsworthy?

•Human interest stories
•Timely activities
•New programs/initiatives
•Unique activities

2024 Committee Schedule (9:00am – 11:00am, unless otherwise noted)

  • March 6 (10:00am to 12:30pm, CMHA Office, no Zoom option)
  • May 1 (Zoom meeting – 9am to 11am)
  • June TBD (Meeting will be held in person at CMHA Summer Conference, no Zoom option)
  • August 7 (Zoom meeting – 9am to 11am)
  • September 12, 2024 (Walk A Mile Rally – Capitol Lawn, Lansing)
  • October 2 (Zoom meeting – 9am to 11am)
  • November 6 (Zoom meeting – 9am to 11am
  • December 4 (Zoom meeting – 9am to 11am)

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