Division of Diversity and Health Equity Meetings

Diversity Meetings Map


These meetings, launched in 2005, are a series of town-hall-style meetings to inform underserved communities about mental health disparities and their impact on overall health, economic productivity, and societal well-being. The meetings produce collaboration among stakeholder groups in developing local action plans to eliminate mental health disparities.

Upcoming Programs:

  • Addressing Disparities in American Indian Mental Health
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Date and Venue: To be announced soon

Past Programs:

  • Achieving Wellness in the LGBT Community: Mind, Body and Spirit
    October 30, 2014, San Francisco LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA
    More details here
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  • Care for Transitioning Transgender Patients: A Multidisciplinary Overview
    October 31, 2014, Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA
  • Wrestling with the Angel: Psychotherapy, Struggle and Faith in Lesbian and Gay Men
    November 1, 2014, Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA
  • First and Goal: Moving Conversation Forward: Recognizing Disparities in Urban Greater Cincinnati Community
    Saturday, July 19, 2014, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    More details here
    Expert Discusses PTSD in Civilians - Watch Video
    Dwight Holier: Program Addresses Well-Being of NFL Players - Watch Video
  • Leadership Summit
    June 13, 2014, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
    More details here
  • Collaborative Care for Mental Health in Haiti and the Diaspora: Culturally Sensitive Solutions for Wellness across the Lifespan
    May 30-31, 2014, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
    More details here
  • Latino Mental Health in the Age of Affordable Care Act
    May 3, 2014, New York City, NY
    More details here
  • Mental Health of Asian Indian Americans: Issues and Culturally Appropriate Solutions
    April 13, 2014, Queens, NY
    More details here
  • Black and Blue: The State of African American Mental Health
    April 11, 2014, Baltimore, MD
    More details here
    Program video recording
  • Transcendence and Resilience Following Trauma: Celebrating the Triumph of Human Spirit
    November 12, 2013, Birmingham, AL
    More details here
  • Uplifting the Human Spirit through Art: Culturally Appropriate Approaches to Healing and Adaptation
    October 9, 2014, Philadelphia, PA
    More details here
  • Diversity Sessions at APA's Institute on Psychiatric Services 2013 Meeting
    October 10-13, 2013, Philadelphia PA
    More details here
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Military and Veteran Culture and Mental Health Care: Warrior-Centric Healthcare Training
    July 8-9, 2013, Nashville, TN
    More details here
  • Restoring Haitian Psyche: The Second Haitian Mental Health Summit
    June 7, 2013, Miami, FL
    More details here
  • What's Age Got To Do With It? - Mental Health Equity Across Generations & Cultures
    June 7, 2013, Houston, TX
  • Mental Health Matters: Making Cultures Work
    May 19, 2013, San Francisco, CA
  • Work, Mental Health and Cultural Diversity: A Dynamic Triad
    May 17, 2013, San Francisco, CA
  • Implementing Solutions to Mental Health Disparities in Rural Communities
    March 28, 2013, Mississippi Delta
  • Institute on Psychiatric Services, Sessions on Diversity Issues in Psychiatry and Offsite Haitian Mental Health Forum
    October 7, 2012, New York, NY
    More details here
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Culture Counts in Recovery-Oriented Care
    October 27-29, 2011, San Francisco, CA
  • Integrated Systems of Care to Reduce Mental Health and Health Disparities in the Golden State
    April 1-2, 2011, Sacramento, CA
    More details here
  • Illness Management and Recovery: Experience Based Treatment for Adults
    November 10, 2010, St. Thomas, VI
    More details here
  • Illuminating Dimensions of Diversity
    October 17, 2010, Boston, MA
    More details here
  • Integrating Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health: Promising Practices Weaving Together Traditional Healing and Western Medicine with American Indians and Alaska Natives
    April 27, 2010, Albuquerque, NM
    More details here
  • Diverse Youth in Transition: Navigating a Difficult Passage
    September 18, 2009, Seattle , WA
    More details here
  • No Man is an Island: Transforming Mental Health Care Through Education and Collaboration Among Mental Health Practitioners, Schools, Government and the Faith Community
    October, 2008, Chicago, IL
  • Co-occurring Disorders no Longer Double Jeopardy: A Call to Action for Prevention and Recovery in Diverse Populations in Los Angeles
    July 22, 2008, Los Angeles, CA
    More details here
  • Eliminating Mental Health Disparities in Diverse and Underserved Populations
    October 27, 2006, Chicago, IL
  • Engaging Communities to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care
    March 10, 2006, Philadelphia, PA
  • Strengthening Collaboration and Advocacy to Achieve Mental Health Equity
    January 22, 2005, Washington, DC
Psychiatric News Articles:
~ Strategies Urged for Improving Mental Health of LGBT Individuals 12.14
~ APA, NAMI Focus on MH Care in Diverse Populations 8.14
~ Summit Conference Addresses MH Issues in Troubled City 07.14
~ For Better Mental Health Care for Latinos, Look at Neighborhoods 07.14
~ Indian American Clinicians Examine Cultural Aspects of Mental Health 06.14
~ Diaspora Haitians Help Their Home Country Improve MH Care 06.14
~ African-American MH Concerns Addressed at Baltimore Forum 05.14
~ Civil Rights, Minority Mental Health Discussed on Tragic Anniversary 12.14
~ Philadelphia Artists, Doctors Ease Immigrants’ Access to Care 11.13
~ Knowledge of Military Life Facilitates Vet's MH Care 07.13
~ New Orleans Ideal Location for APA's Community Meeting 12.07
~ APA Program Works to Reduce MH Disparities 12.09
~ You Can't Eliminate Disparities Without Cultural Sensitivity 09.05
~ APA Project Tries to Reduce Minority MH Care Disparity 05.06
~ Psychiatrist Blends Music, Poetry to Change Society 07.05
~ APA 'Tour' Spreads Word on MH Disparities 03.05

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