Mental Health and Emergency Medical Experts Encourage Support for Clinicians Health During Pandemic

In a joint statement, emergency medicine and other leading medical associations, academics and psychiatry experts outline steps to support the mental health of emergency physicians and other health professionals currently risking their lives to treat patients during this pandemic.

APA Condemns Racism in All Forms, Calls for End to Racial Inequalities in U.S.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements in response to demonstrations across the nation in response to police brutality and the institutional racism that is being brought to the forefront.

APA Condemns Police Brutality, Calls for Dialogue to Ease Civil Unrest

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements in response to the death this week of an unarmed Black man in police custody in Minneapolis and the resulting civil unrest.

America’s Frontline Physicians Call For Immigration Protections For International Medical Graduate Physicians (IMGs) During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, America’s frontline physicians, representing more than 600,000 physicians and medical students, are speaking out to protect our fellow physicians who provide crucial health care services that we cannot afford to be without during the COVID-19 pandemic.

APA Praises CMS Action to Increase Telehealth Access via Phones

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today praises action taken this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase access to telehealth for Americans who lack the required video technology or live in areas without reliable broadband access. The APA has pushed for this increased, audio-only access for patients who have older phones that do not have a camera or lack internet access.

Joseph C. Napoli, M.D., Assumes Post as APA Assembly Speaker

At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Virtual Highlights Meeting, Joseph C. Napoli, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches.

Dr. Jeffrey Geller Takes Office as APA President

Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., began his one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Virtual Highlights Meeting. At the same time Vivian Pender, M.D., began her term as APA President-elect.

A Child’s Home Environment Can Impact the Risk of Developing Depression

New research, published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, finds that children’s rearing environment has a meaningful impact on their risk for major depression later in life, and notes the importance supporting of nurturing environments when children are at risk . In the study, authors analyzed the health records of full and half siblings with at least one biological parent with depression who were raised by either their biological parents or in carefully screened adoptive homes. Generally, the children in adopted homes showed lower risk, but whatever the setting, episodes of major depression in the parents meant the children were more susceptible to depression themselves.

APA Statement on COVID-19 and Health Disparities

Reports are emerging that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is disproportionately impacting the African-American community in areas across the United States. In Chicago, for instance, half of those diagnosed with COVID-19 have been black, while African Americans only make up one third of the total population. Seventy percent of the fatalities linked to COVID-19 in Louisiana have been among black people, while this community makes up about a third of the overall population.

Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Statement on Personal Protective Equipment

With more than 800,000 physicians across 45 specialties, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) strongly urges action to ensure safer working conditions for physicians and other healthcare professionals on the frontline of direct patient care.

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