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Mental Health Equity Fireside Chats

APA Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat: Looking Beyond Series Disentangling Race and Place and Their Implications on Mental Health Disparities

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00 - 8:00pm ET

APA's Division of Diversity and Health Equity continues the work of the APA Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat discussions where strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of historically marginalized and minoritized communities were examined. The APA Looking Beyond Series will now bring an interdisciplinary lens to the discussion so that we can leverage innovative frameworks to address mental health inequities. (Looking Beyond Series Background)

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

Panelists

Michele Reid, M.D.
Michele Reid, M.D.
Lisa Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H.
Lisa Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H.
Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D.
Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D.
Regina James, M.D.
Regina James, M.D.

Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat Archives

View information and recordings of previously held virtual events in APA's Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat virtual series.


Exploring the Role of Genomics in Ameliorating Health Inequities

Wednesday, March 16 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

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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Vence L. Bonham Jr., J.D.
Vence L. Bonham Jr., J.D.
Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S., M.S.P.H.
Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S., M.S.P.H.
Eimear E. Kenny, Ph.D.
Eimear E. Kenny, Ph.D.
Regina James, M.D.
Regina James, M.D.

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

Thursday, February 24 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET

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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Mario Sims, Ph.D., M.S., FAHA
Mario Sims, Ph.D., M.S., FAHA
Professor of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center
@UMMCnews
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Dr.PH., M.P.H.
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Dr.PH., M.P.H.
Professor of Rural Health Executive Director, Center for Indigenous Health, Research and Policy
Oklahoma State University
@vbbjernigan
Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H
Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H
Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Research Psychiatrist, New York State Psychiatric Institute
@ColumbiaPsych
Regina James, M.D.
Regina James, M.D.
Deputy Medical Director & Chief, Division of Diversity and Health Equity
American Psychiatric Association
@GinaJames917

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

Tuesday, November 30 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET

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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Nathan Billy, M.Ed., LPC

Nathan Billy, M.Ed., LPC
Director of Behavioral Health Programs, National Indian Health Board

Linda B. Nahulu, M.D.

Linda B. Nahulu, M.D.
Counseling and Student Development Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Donald Warne, M.D., M.P.H.

Donald Warne, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of North Dakota

Regina James, M.D

Regina James, M.D - Welcome Remarks
APA Deputy Medical Director; Chief, Division of Diversity & Health Equity

Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., Ed.D.

Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., Ed.D. - Moderator
Director, Health Equity Division of Diversity and Health Equity American Psychiatric Association


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

Monday, October 4 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

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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Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.

Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.
Chief, Disparities Research Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ruby Castilla-Puentes, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.B.A.

Ruby Castilla-Puentes, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.B.A.
President, American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry

Omar A. Contreras, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Omar A. Contreras, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Founding Member, ConTrías Policy Associates

Regina James, M.D

Regina James, M.D - Opening Remarks
APA Deputy Medical Director; Chief, Division of Diversity & Health Equity


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

Monday, May 17 | 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. EDT

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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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)
Sixth Congressional District of New York (Queens)

Russell M. Jeung, Ph.D.

Russell M. Jeung, Ph.D.
Professor, San Francisco State University; Co-Founder, Stop AAPI Hate

Dora Wang, M.D., M.A.

Dora Wang, M.D., M.A.
Psychiatrist; Author; President, APA's Asian American Psychiatrists Caucus

Uyen-Khanh Quang-Dang, M.D., M.Sc.

Uyen-Khanh Quang-Dang, M.D., M.Sc.
Geriatric Psychiatrist; Former APA Foundation Board Member

Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., Ed.D.

Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., Ed.D. - Moderator
Director, Health Equity Division of Diversity and Health Equity American Psychiatric Association

Regina James, M.D

Regina James, M.D - Opening Remarks
APA Deputy Medical Director; Chief, Division of Diversity & Health Equity


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

Thursday, April 8 | 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. EDT

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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Cynthia Turner-Graham, M.D., DFAPA

Cynthia Turner-Graham, M.D., DFAPA
APA Distinguished Life Fellow; President-elect of Black Psychiatrists of America

Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Ph.D.

Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Ph.D.
Viral Immunologist; Team Lead for development of the Moderna vaccine

Regina James, M.D

Regina James, M.D - Moderator
APA Deputy Medical Director; Chief, Division of Diversity & Health Equity

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