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September 28, 2021  |  Virtual - Zoom  |  11:00 am - 2:00 pm

“Mental Health Equity is Health Equity” – Day 1

Symposium Day 1 - A presentation of diverse inclusive and unique voices

The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity (KSCMHE) will host a two-day speaker symposium which aims to address the question, “Why is mental health equity, health equity?” The invited panelists will represent a diverse, inclusive and unique set of voices in the field, to speak on issues related to policy and data; clinical services; and cultural humility and sensitivity. It is purposeful that KSCMHE is outreaching lesser-known experts and leaders to uplift their voices in an effort to accurately depict the state of mental health equity in America in real time. Our vision is that our programming is as equitable and inclusive as the system that we are working to change.

Symposium Overview

Welcome Remarks: Dr. David Satcher, Hon. Patrick Kennedy, Daniel Dawes, JD

Panel 1: Policy and Data (facilitated by Madhuri Jha)- Panelists will address how policies help or harm the movement to make the mental health system more equitable.

  • David Lloyd – Policy Director, Kennedy Forum 
  • Dr. Mary Roary – Director of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA 
  • Kristin Toliver – Region 14 Director, Georgia Division of Family and Child Services
  • LaShawn Robinson – Deputy Chancellor of Climate Wellness at NYC Department of Education
  • Dr. Octavio Martinez  – Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Panel 2: Clinical Services (facilitated by Madhuri Jha) – Panelists will address how clinical services translate into mental health equity.

  • Dr. Nigel Kennedy – Attending Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Dr. R. Dale Walker  – Medical Director, One Sky Center
  • Dr. Sidney Hankerson  – Assistant Professor and Attending Psychiatrist, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital System
  • Dr. Westley Clark  – Medical Director, Palo Alto VA Hospital and former Director at SAMHSA
Date & Time
September 28, 2021 11:00 am

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