APA Spring Highlights Meeting 2020


Town Hall - APA Addresses Structural Racism, Part Two: The March Continues

Monday, August 24  |  8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET

APA leadership and an esteemed panel of experts join together for a virtual town hall to commemorate the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 1963. The march drew attention to the continuing challenges and inequalities faced by Black Americans a century after emancipation. It is also where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his now-iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. The town hall will examine the following:

  • How the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is an outgrowth of the civil rights initiatives reducing the inequalities faced by Black people and their families.
  • Impact of racial injustices within APA and psychiatry.
  • How far we still must go to address structural racism and the charge of APA's Presidential Task Force.

APA Past President Dr. Altha Stewart, AMA Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President Dr. Aletha Maybank, and 2020-21 REACH scholar Dr. Kevin Simon join APA President Dr. Jeffrey Geller to discuss how structural racism plays a role in these inequalities and propose solutions to improve Black Americans' mental health outcomes. Dr. Geller also discusses the formation of the APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry and its structure and charge, expected outcomes of the Task Force's work, as well as ways in which members can provide feedback.

Future Town Halls

Save the date for future town halls planned in APA's Addressing Structural Racism virtual series. Topics and speakers to be announced.

Town Hall #3
  • Monday, November 16, 2020
  • 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET
Town Hall #4
  • Monday, February 8, 2021
  • 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET
Town Hall #5
  • 2021 Annual Meeting
  • Los Angeles, Calif.

Structural Racism Town Hall Archives

View information and recordings of previously held town halls in APA's Addressing Structural Racism virtual series.

Member Town Hall – APA Addresses Structural Racism, Part One

These distinguished speakers discussed the ways in which APA can address structural racism, including the role of associations and allies in supporting this work. Panelists, including APA President Dr. Jeffrey Geller, shared their perspectives and participated in a Q&A session with APA members in a dialogue about the way forward for our organization.

The town hall was followed by the establishment an APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, which will examine what steps and policies the APA should implement on racism and racial inequities, and will include additional member webinars.

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