APA Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of African Americans

Thursday, April 8  |  A Two-Part Virtual Event

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300%

increase in U.S. adults reporting experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression from June 2019 to January 2021.1,2

17%

African American adults were 17% more likely to report experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression than White adults.1,2

9.9%

the unemployment rate for African Americans in February 2021, versus 5.6% of White adults.3

2x

African Americans are almost 2x as likely to die from COVID-19 and almost 3x as likely to be hospitalized due to the virus.4

Join APA for a two-part webinar series that will examine strategies and opportunities to improve the mental health of African Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also raising awareness and building trust on the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Prominent leaders in their respective fields will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of African Americans.

 
Cynthia-Turner-Graham
Cynthia Turner-Graham, M.D., DFAPA
APA Distinguished Life Fellow; President-elect of Black Psychiatrists of America
Kizzmekia-Corbett
Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Ph.D.
Viral Immunologist; Team Lead for development of the Moderna vaccine
Regina-James
Regina James, M.D. - Moderator
APA Deputy Medial Director; Chief, Division of Diversity & Health Equity
 

Part One, Open to the General Public

  • Thursday, April 8
  • 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. EDT
  • Open Registration

General Registration

  • COVID-19 vaccine safety, particularly considering those who are diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
  • Mental health inequities experienced by African Americans and their relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID -19 vaccine misinformation through the lens of a researcher and a practicing psychiatrist.

Part Two, Open to APA Members

  • Thursday, April 8
  • 8:00 - 8:45 p.m. EST
  • APA Members-Only Event

APA Member Registration

  • Mental health inequities experienced by African Americans and their relation to the COVID -19 pandemic.
  • COVID -19 vaccine misinformation through the lens of a researcher and a practicing psychiatrist.
  • APA's existing resources supporting physician involvement in patient care, as well as resources on safely increasing access to care.

Disclosures

  • Kizzmekia,Corbett, Ph.D. - Dr. Corbett reports the following relationships: Patent Pending: Technology in COVID-19 vaccines
  • Regina James, M.D. - Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Cynthia Turner-Graham, M.D. - Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Resources

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Anxiety and Depression Household Pulse Survey (Accessed: March 11, 2021)
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Early Release of Selected Mental Health Estimates Based on Data from the January–June 2019 National Health Interview Survey (Accessed: March 11, 2021)
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age (Accessed: March 11, 2021)
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity (Accessed: March 12, 2021)