COVID-19 Brings Persistent Racial and Ethnic Disparities to Focus: Implications for Population Mental Health

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Lecture / Seminar
Shaili Jha
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Event Overview:
As with everything in public health, we are seeing disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities. Based on data coming from some states in the US, there are disparities in who gets infected, gets tested, and dies from COVID-19. We also know that mental and behavioral health are frequently unaddressed in racial and ethnic minority communities. Given the growing evidence showing mental health effects of COVID-19, this panel discussion is focused on the roles communities and institutions can play in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care. 
Hosted by:  
Dr. Karestan Koenen
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Bizu Gelaye
Assistant Professor
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Margarita Alegria
Professor, Departments of Medicine & Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Disparities Research Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Cindy Liu
Director, Developmental Risk and Cultural Disparities Program
Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatric Newborn Medicine & Psychiatry
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kimberlyn Leary
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Enabling Change Program Director, DrPH Program
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Psychology, McLean Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Additional information:
This event is open to the public, does not require registration, and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.  

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