To create and sustain compassionate community pathways to family health and recovery by:
cultivating dynamic partnerships,
conducting relevant research,
developing and evaluating resources, and
advocating for data driven policies and education.
CPFHR's history is intertwined with that of Rochester Students’ Health Services (RSHS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that opened in 2013 to offer free health care to students and their children at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center (ALC), a school for teens with multiple risk factors.
Based on experience at the ALC, faculty members at Winona State University (WSU) recognized the limited resources available for families and children affected by a loved one’s SUD and began to work on a 3-phase research plan. The first study proposal was developed in 2018 (and research results were published in 2021).
In 2019, Mayo Clinic assumed operation of the Clinic, and the RSHS Board of Directors voted to retain the non-profit with an amended purpose (to develop resources and support for families impacted by SUD). The non-profit and the WSU research team officially merged to create CPFHR, with a new Board of Directors and organizational structure.