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Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for All Workers in Health Care

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers to put patients as well as residents of long-term care facilities first and take all steps necessary to ensure their health and well-being.

July Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Feature Systemic Racism; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The July issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online.

American Psychiatric Association Renews Call to Action After Dramatic Increase in Overdose Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report this week revealing a 30% increase in overdose deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. This constitutes the largest increase in at least 50 years and represents the deaths of more than 93,000 Americans from drug overdoses.

APA and APA Foundation to Host Inaugural Moore Equity in Mental Health 5k Run, Walk and Roll Saturday

This Saturday, July 10, hundreds of people across the country will virtually join the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s inaugural Moore Equity in Mental Health 5k Run, Walk, and Roll. The 5k, co-organized by the APA’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity and the APA Foundation, has raised more than $70,000 to date for the APA Foundation’s Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Initiative. The initiative will provide education about the mental health needs of young people of color and support individuals and organizations that develop and provide culturally sensitive mental health services.

Extreme Heat Contributes to Worsening Mental Health, Especially Among Vulnerable Populations

The extreme heat that much of the country is experiencing has significant impacts on mental health alongside serious physical health impacts. Some groups, including people with pre-existing mental health conditions, are especially vulnerable.

APA Marks Juneteenth

Today the APA marks the holiday of Juneteenth, which celebrates the announcement of the emancipation of enslaved people in Galveston, TX, in 1865. APA President Vivian Pender recorded remarks about the holiday, and APA Deputy Medical Director and Chief of Diversity and Health Equity Regina James, M.D., and CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., offered their thoughts on the APA blog.

APA Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

APA hails today’s Supreme Court ruling in California v. Texas that will keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intact. Today’s decision means millions of Americans will continue to receive vital mental health benefits as guaranteed by the ACA. As the physician experts and leaders in psychiatric treatment, we know there can be no health care without mental health care.

Frontline Physicians Respond to California v. Texas Ruling on Affordable Care Act

On the heels of today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in California v. Texas, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the law of the land and can continue to build on its tremendous progress improving access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans. Our organizations, representing nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students, celebrate the coverage gains and patient protections the ACA has achieved for our patients. As our country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare coverage provided through the ACA is as essential as ever.

Media Advisory: The American Psychiatric Association to Host Inaugural MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5K

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) will host a 5k virtual run, walk and roll on Saturday, July 10, to help raise awareness for mental health inequities facing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) youth and to honor the late mental health equity advocate and author, Bebe Moore Campbell.

American Psychiatric Association Statement in Response to the AAPA House of Delegates Decision to Change Their Professional Title to "Physician Associate"

Patients deserve a clear understanding of the roles played by all those who partner in their care, as they already experience difficulty in identifying who is or is not a physician. It is important to provide transparency and clarity, not create more confusion, and put their safety at risk.

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