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Social Determinants of Mental Health Town Hall Series

Town Hall Series APA Presidential Task Force on Social Determinants of Mental Health Virtual Series for APA Members

In the early 21st century, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized the role of social determinants of health. This was a welcomed development for improving the health and healthcare of patients, however, mental illness and mental healthcare have not been a priority in these conceptualizations. As psychiatrists, we now have an opportunity to rethink Social Determinants of Mental Health (SDoMH) as they apply to our patients.

Join us for a town hall series featuring presentations on the importance of SDoMH in psychiatry, the efforts of the APA Presidential Task Force on SDoMH, and the opportunity to engage with Task Force members.

View the Task Force's page here.

Download Dr. Jeste's Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Vivian Pender, M.D.
Vivian Pender, M.D.,
Task Force Chair,
APA President
Dilip Jeste, M.D.
Dilip Jeste, M.D.,
Task Force Chair

Part One: Clinical Practice, Research and Education

  • Wednesday, November 3
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET

The Clinical Workgroup is focused on what clinicians should do to assess and treat SDoMH in their everyday practice. The Research and Education Workgroup is focused on identifying what kind of research and training are needed to make knowledge of SDoMH widespread. APA members can register and submit questions for Part 1 of the Town Hall series here.

Download Dr. Lu's Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Download Dr. Malaspina's Presentation Slides (.pdf)

View Recording Here

Francis Lu, M.D.
Francis Lu, M.D.,
Chair, Task Force Clinical Workgroup
Dolores Malaspina, M.D.
Dolores Malaspina, M.D.,
Chair, Task Force Research & Education Workgroup

Part Two: Policy and Public Health

  • Wednesday, December 1
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET

The Policy Workgroup is focused on what the APA and policy makers should do to promote strategies to prioritize SDoMH in the mental healthcare system. The Public Health Workgroup is focused on the public health significance and health consequences of SDoMH. APA members can register and submit questions for Part 2 of the Town Hall series here.

Download Dr. Tasman’s Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Download Dr. Thompsons’s Presentation Slides (.pdf)

View Recording Here

Allan Tasman, M.D.
Allan Tasman, M.D.,
Chair, Task Force Policy Workgroup
Kenneth Thompson, M.D.
Kenneth Thompson, M.D.,
Chair, Task Force Public Health Workgroup

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