News and Updates
Innovate. Collaborate. Motivate: Charting the future of mental health was our theme for the 2023 APA Annual Meeting. It also serves as the perfect template to share highlights in our newsletter this quarter.
Each of the seven APA Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Caucuses has created a fundraising team and we encourage you to join the Caucuses and their efforts or create a team for your own District Branch.
Dr. Fiona Fonseca is a consultation-liaison psychiatry fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Their current fellowship focuses on transgender medicine and reproductive psychiatry. They have a special interest in cultural psychiatry, psychotherapy, medical ethics, physician well-being, and advocacy.
For psychiatrists, quality improvement in a field without objective concrete data can be a challenge. PsychPRO, APA’s national mental health registry was launched seven years ago to bridge the gap between quantifying standardized outcomes and measuring improvement in quality of care.
In her 2023 APA Annual Meeting session “LGBT Primary Care and Gender Affirming Care for Children and Adolescents,” Dr. Shamieka Dixon provided a comprehensive look at gender-affirming care for youths and what that entails not only for young patients, but also for their families and caregivers.
“Don’t sleep on a rural setting.” This poignant comment came from an audience member at the 2023 APA Annual Meeting session, “The Cumulative Effect of Rural Residence, Mental Health Care Disparities and Communities of Color.”
In their 2023 APA Annual Meeting Session, Drs. Dionne Hart, Mathew Goldman, and Mrs. Taun Hall discussed the impact of law enforcement involvement in mental health crisis response situations.
“You are an agent of change,” emphasized Tatiana Falcone, M.D., a panelist on the 2023 APA Annual Meeting session “Creating Spanish/English Networks to Support Mental Health of Hispanic/Latinx Communities.”
In their 2023 APA Annual Meeting session, Eric Rafla-Yuan, M.D., Mandar Jadhav, M.D., and Devika Bhushan, M.D., shared their policy and advocacy expertise on how to make an upstream impact to address inequities in health outcomes.
During APA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, APA/APAF’s SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) fellows had an opportunity to present their work during the 2nd Annual SAMHSA MFP Poster Session.
Dr. Hart is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and licensed in both Illinois and Minnesota. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at Mayo Clinic and medical director of Care from the Heart.
In our first quarterly newsletter of the year, we highlight the important work of our members, including early career fellows and long-standing advocates for mental health equity. We also share new in-person and virtual educational offerings on various topics including climate-change, maternal mental health, as well as the premier of our podcast series Looking Beyond: Unplugged.