February 2012
Issue: 2
BHECN and Beyond 
One of BHECN's highest priorities is to reach out to serve the needs of underserved rural areas in Nebraska. Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative initiative that harnesses the power of community to work together to address local behavioral health needs. Read on to find out more about this important initiative...
The BHECN Team
February is African American History Month 
Solomon Carter Fuller
Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller
(1877-1953) was a pioneering
African-American psychiatrist
who made significant contributions to the study of Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Liberia, the son of a previously enslaved African who had purchased his freedom and emigrated there. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, which as a homeopathic institution, was open to both African-American and women students. He spent the majority of his career practicing at Westborough State Mental Hospital in Westborough Massachusetts. While there, he performed his ground-breaking research on the physical changes to the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Compliments of Wikipedia
NIMH News and Resources 

News Release February 2, 2012

Gene Regulator in Brain's Executive Hub Tracked Across Lifespan - NIH study
Mental illness suspect genes are among the most environmentally responsive

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In This Issue
African American History Month
NE map

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an innovative approach particularly well-suited for exploring solutions to mental health care access in rural communities. CBPR emphasizes a translational method of applying research findings to solving real world, community-specific problems.  It is a collaborative and democratic approach to research that enables researchers and community members to work together as peers through an iterative process of engagement and problem identification, solution generation, planning and implementation, and feedback. Through this application, BHECN is working to expand our CBPR work to rural communities in rural regions of Nebraska to bring together patients, providers, community stakeholders, and governmental representatives to identify workable local solutions to deal with mental health problems in their communities. 


For more information on how to bring CBPR to your community, contact BHECN 




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