Associate Professor Francesca Pernice discusses history, benefits and effectiveness of Fountain House clubhouse model on "Public Health in Action"

Francesca Pernice, associate professor of educational psychology, has been at the forefront of researching and raising awareness about the Fountain House clubhouse model — a community-based recovery program nested within psychiatric rehabilitation principles that helps individuals living with serious mental illness regain their identity, independence and dignity while providing them with a place to belong and experience a sense of community — for nearly 30 years. She has also played an instrumental role in helping develop clubhouses in cities throughout the world.

Pernice recently discussed the history, benefits, and effectiveness of the Fountain House clubhouse model on “Public Health in Action’s” first of a five-part series exploring mental health innovations that work. "Public Health in Action" is a program of the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (Pernice speaks around the 2:36, 14:48, 19:58, and 23:38 marks.)


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Pernice, F. M., Hinchey, L. M., Rice, K., Drews, J., Michon, A., Jenuwine, M., Christian, J., Doyle, A., Madison, E., Kessler, L., Bayer, C., Napolitano, C., & Jedrzejczak, K. (2023). Community as therapy: The theory of social practice. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Advance online publication.


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