Sarah Wilczynski appointed Coordinator of the SJMC Mental Health Awareness Grant


St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea has announced the hiring of Sarah Wilczynski as the program coordinator for the $ 625,000 Mental Health Awareness and Training (MHAT) grant received in September 2021.

“I cannot express how excited I am to start working on the program supported by this grant,” said Wilczynski. “I have worked for St. Joe’s Chelsea for several years and look forward to continuing with the hospital in this new role, bringing significant mental health training and resources to the communities we serve.

For the past two and a half years, Wilczynski has served as Special Projects Coordinator at St. Joe’s Chelsea, working with SRSLY to promote substance use prevention in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester and Stockbridge. In MHAT’s new role, Wilczynski will be responsible for helping implement evidence-based mental health awareness trainings, helping young people develop a stigma reduction campaign, identifying resources and the support available for mental health, and to work with community organizations to establish referral mechanisms to make links between young people and mental health services. These efforts will focus on the communities served by St. Joe’s Chelsea, including Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer these programs to the community,” said Reiley Curran, Manager of Community Health Improvement at St. Joe’s Chelsea. “We are delighted that Sarah is contributing to this new capacity. Her work with SRSLY over the past two and a half years has demonstrated her passion and commitment to improving the mental health of young people. “

Wilczynski holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in health communication from Grand Valley State University. She enjoys volunteering in surrounding communities, is a member of the Dexter Rotary Club and wishes to devote her career to working to create happy and healthy communities.

For more information on the MHAT grant, please visit the St. Joe’s website or contact Sarah Wilczynski at


About St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) is a not-for-profit joint venture hospital, partnered with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of the Trinity Health National Catholic Health System based in Livonia, Michigan, and Michigan Medicine, the center University of Michigan academic medical officer. Founded in 1970, SJMC is nationally recognized for quality of care and patient satisfaction by the national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. SJMC employs over 1,200 people with a medical staff of approximately 700 physicians. Key services include strong medical and surgical service lines, eight operating theaters, 24-hour emergency service and an emergency room for the elderly, a state-of-the-art cancer center, a physical medicine and rehabilitation department, a comprehensive headache treatment unit and behavioral health services.

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Photo: Sarah Wilczynski. Photo: SJMC

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