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APA's Annual Meeting covers the full breadth of psychiatric topics, with a focus on the most pressing issues facing your practice and patients.

With 600+ sessions and courses, the Annual Meeting in San Francisco covers the full range of psychiatry and mental health.

Opening Session ft. Ashley Judd

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The kickoff to APA’s 178th Annual Meeting will feature a keynote speech by award-winning actress and global humanitarian Ashley Judd, who will address her own family’s experience with mental illness and what we together can do to fight stigma and save lives.

Renowned actress, humanitarian, and political activist Ashley Judd is heralded for her unforgettable performances and tireless advocacy work. From starring roles in box office hits and award-winning independent films, Judd’s films tell very personal stories that tap into larger issues, and she brings this gift for storytelling to all her speaking engagements. A voice for the often voiceless, she shines an illuminating light on the vulnerable and the at-risk. Judd has traveled the world with her international public health work, from maternal health to child survival, human rights to disease prevention and treatment. She has been working with NGO’s, grass roots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies since 2004, and detailed her experience in her New York Times bestselling book, All That Is Bitter and Sweet.

Please note, Ms. Judd’s appearance is closed to the press.

Emerging Voices: DEIB, Innovation, and Leadership Plenary ft. Heather C. McGhee

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If you are interested in creating a better and more equitable future for America and psychiatry, don’t miss a compelling discussion at “Emerging Voices: DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging), Innovation and Leadership.” Author and advocate Heather McGhee will discuss the key themes of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Following Ms. McGhee’s speech, a presidential panel of key leaders in medicine and law will discuss the role and responsibility of the professions in advocacy and action to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in America, followed by audience Q&A.

McGhee is a renowned expert on the American economy and one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply stirring, intelligent, and compassionate, McGhee’s talks offer us an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical—and most troubled—periods in history.

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