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About the Symposium
This free community educational session will address Mental Health in Communities of Color. The aftermath of covid-19, natural disasters, social determinants of health, heightened levels grief, loss and violence and persuasive and persistent systemic racism has been devastating for our communities. Now is the time to take bold and intentional action. These unexpected and tragic experiences also present unprecedented opportunities to do things differently, with freshly culturally informed and equitable lens at all levels.
This year’s theme “We Are Each Other’s Medicine” will feature Mental Health experts, Faith Leaders, Parents, Youth, Faculty experts, Researchers, Community leaders and Stakeholders will address a number of topics of interest including stigma, cultural perspective, provider bias, violence, suicide, the criminalization of mental health in communities of color, disaster related trauma and increasing the pool of black mental health professionals.
The goal is to engage in dialogue to highlight the diversity of needs for both children and families across systems and collectively work together to identify strategies to improve care and prioritize next steps for our communities.
Our Goals and Community Learning Objectives Include:
- Provide a cross system community educational opportunity to offer long-term strategies for addressing trauma and mental health in communities of color and highlight the diversity of needs related to “healing”
- Advance opportunities to address the intersection of Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Care through the lens of Equity
- To elevate community voices across systems with intentional and targeted goals of promoting neighborhood outreach models that include natural healers
- Offer educational learning opportunities to address distrust and stigmas and how to leverage youth, family and adult peer advocacy initiatives when implementing services and programs
- To present emerging research, practice based and best practices models of culturally responsive care across systems
- To provide a forum to build collaborative partnerships that elevate the voices of patients, parents, caregivers, faith leaders and grassroots neighborhood centers to inform and improve policies and practices through system change and collective impact activities.
The Nazareth College Department of Social Work is recognized by the NY State Department of Education, and State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of social work continuing education for licensed social workers. CEU processing fee of $40 must be paid in advance during the online registration process.
9:00am -Opening remarks
10:15am- Expert Panel
11:45am-12:45pm- Lunch and Anti-Stigma Table Talks
1:00pm-2:00pm- Advancing Mental Health Equity Panel