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The Looking Beyond Series: Mental Health Equity Fireside Chats

The APA Looking Beyond Series bring an interdisciplinary lens to the discussion to leverage innovative frameworks to address mental health inequities.


Our Next Event

Climate Change-Driven Mental Health Inequities

  •  Tuesday, December 13
  •  7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST
  •  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Inequality, climate-related disasters and ecological destruction, and adverse mental health outcomes are inextricably linked. Populations vulnerable to climate change-related impacts such as older adults, children, pregnant women, individuals experiencing homelessness, persons with behavioral health conditions, people with lower incomes, individuals with limited English proficiency, migrants or refugees, communities of color, and tribes and indigenous peoples are at a heightened risk of related negative psychosocial effects. Panelists will analyze the contributing factors to the compounded vulnerability of at-risk groups and address strategies for mobilizing climate justice and resilience.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze impacts of global climate change-related disasters on mental health of vulnerable groups.
  • Understand the historical roots of transgenerational trauma that impact vulnerable populations facing current climate impacts.
  • Understand unique psychological and behavioral responses of diverse populations and the role of mental health professionals in ameliorating climate anxiety.
  • Learn how to apply disaster psychiatry principles to enhance community preparedness, resilience, and recovery.

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Panelists

Robin Cooper headshot
Robin Cooper, M.D., C.P.A.,
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco
Carissa Caban Aleman headshot
Carissa Caban-Aleman, M.D.,
Community psychiatrist; Faculty, Florida International University
Jessica Isom headshot
Jessica Isom, M.D., M.P.H.,
Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine
joeseph neidhardt headshot
Joseph Neidhardt, M.D.,
Author of Groundswell: Indigenous Wisdom and The Moral Revolution for Climate Change

Upcoming Events


The Collaborative Care Model to Optimize Patient Outcomes in Mental Health Care

  •  January 19, 2023
  •  7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
  •  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Register Here

Clinician Bias and Disparities in the Mental Health Treatment Continuum

  •  February 2023 TBD
  •  TBD
  •  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • Register Here

LGBTQ+ Mental Health: Challenges, Advocacy, and Clinical Considerations for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons


Series Archives


Disentangling Race and Place and Their Implications on Mental Health Disparities

April 20, 2022

According to the Brookings Institution (2020), “prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nearly one in three Hispanic Americans and one in five Black Americans were uninsured, compared to about one in eight white Americans.” Mental health inequities and the resulting disparities amongst our diverse communities persist for a myriad of reasons, such as access to high-quality patient care, social and behavioral factors, and social policy. The panelists will tackle the issue of race in mental health care and the necessity for evidence-based research frameworks as avenues for removing inequities and barriers in mental health. This discussion will use an interdisciplinary approach through a medical, public health and social epidemiological lens.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine social and environmental conditions that may impact the race differences in mental health inequalities.
  • Adopt the inclusion of historically excluded communities in the research to practice pipeline to increase equity in mental health.
  • Incorporate evidence-based interdisciplinary research and innovated frameworks to address mental health inequities and disparities.
  • Integrate innovative tools and resources to better serve diverse communities with high-quality patient care and increased access to care

Exploring the Role of Genomics in Ameliorating Health Inequities

March 16, 2022

Join us for the upcoming webinar, Exploring the Role of Genomics in Ameliorating Health Inequities on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00pm ET. Mental health equity in the context of genomics requires an understanding of how biology influences disease and how disease is influenced by biological and non-biological determinants of health (i.e., social determinants of health) in all populations. Successful implementation of genomic medicine will mean that all populations have equal, effective, and affordable access to genomic medicine and that diagnosis, prevention, and treatment strategies can target the bases of mental illness without bias for or against any group.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine genomics and its role in mental health inequities.
  • Adopt genomics into mainstream medical and public-health practices.
  • Incorporate evidence-based interdisciplinary research and innovated frameworks to address mental health inequities and disparities.
  • Integrate innovative tools and resources to better serve diverse communities with high-quality patient care and increased access to care.

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123 Years Since W.E.B. Du Bois' Case Study…Social Determinants of Health Inequities Continue

February 24, 2022

Join us for the upcoming webinar, 123 Years Since W.E.B. Du Bois' Case Study…Social Determinants of Health Inequities Continue on Thursday, February 24 at 7:00pm ET. Panelists will first set the stage by underscoring how the social determinants of health impact the mental health of diverse communities, and then move this discussion towards “next steps.” What we need to do to ensure that SDOH are taken into consideration in the mental health arena. This discussion will use an interdisciplinary approach by incorporating a medical, public health and social epidemiological lens to the discussion.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Indigenous Communities

November 30, 2021

Panelists will examine strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of our Indigenous people during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists will discuss the concerns of the communities and highlight solutions incorporating cultural humility and respect. In addition, they will raise awareness of other unique pandemic stressors facing the Indigenous communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an overview of the mental health inequities experienced by Native Americans due to assimilation and its current relation to the COVID -19 pandemic.
  • Provide tools and resources that educate the Native American community about mental health, particularly for those who are diagnosed with and suffer from mental illness and substance use disorder.
  • Communicate COVID-19 vaccine safety, particularly those who are diagnosed with and suffer from a mental illness and substance use disorder.
  • Dispel COVID -19 misinformation through the lenses of practicing psychiatrists, a psychologist and advocates.
  • Communicate to current and new advocates about APA's existing resources supporting physician involvement in patient care, as well as resources on safely increasing access to care.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Latinas/os

October 4, 2021

Panelists will examine strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of Latinas/os during and post pandemic and will raise awareness of the additional pandemic stressors facing this community such as unemployment, insurance benefits inequities, and social isolation.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an overview of the mental health inequities experienced by Latinos and its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the virus has disproportionately sickened Hispanic Communities in the United States.
  • Share Prevention programs and opportunities, leveraging resources such as community health workers to reach Hispanic populations.
  • Communicate to current and new advocates about APA's existing resources supporting physician involvement in patient care and resources on safely increasing access to care.

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The Mental Health of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders: Coalition-Building and Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Rise of Xenophobia

May 17, 2021

Join APA for a webinar that will examine strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders during the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of xenophobia. Prominent leaders in their respective fields will discuss policies, data, coalition-building, and resources to support and improve the safety and mental health of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Mental health and physical inequities experienced by Asian-American and Pacific Islanders and their relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Apply in practice knowledge about COVID-19 vaccine misinformation through the lens of an elected official, researcher, and practicing psychiatrists.
  • Use available Strategies and opportunities to navigate the physical and mental trauma being experienced by Asian-American and Pacific Islanders.
  • Access APA's existing resources supporting physician involvement in patient care, as well as resources on safely increasing access to care.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of African Americans

April 8, 2021

Join APA for a two-part webinar series that will examine strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of African Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also raising awareness and building trust on the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Prominent leaders in their respective fields will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of African Americans.

Part One, Open to the General Public

  • COVID-19 vaccine safety, particularly considering those who are diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
  • Mental health inequities experienced by African Americans and their relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID -19 vaccine misinformation through the lens of a researcher and a practicing psychiatrist.

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Part Two, Member Log-In Required

  • Mental health inequities experienced by African Americans and their relation to the COVID -19 pandemic.
  • COVID -19 vaccine misinformation through the lens of a researcher and a practicing psychiatrist.
  • APA's existing resources supporting physician involvement in patient care, as well as resources on safely increasing access to care.

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