Presenting Results from the
Community Partners in Care Study and
Providing Training In the Community Partners In Care Depression Care Toolkit
September 13, 2013
8:30AM - 4:00PM
Depression can affect anyone, but it hits ethnic groups more heavily partly because of reduced access to quality mental health care. To offset this imbalance, researchers from the RAND Corporation and UCLA, and community partners from more than two dozen community agencies, compared whether evidence-based quality improvement programs, which include psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressant medications, are better implemented through involvement of the entire community or through clinic-based programs. The researchers polled 1,018 depressed patients in 90 randomized community- and clinic-based programs. The community-based approaches--in such places as churches, senior centers, and barber shops--worked best at improving mental-health quality of life, increasing physical activity, reducing homelessness risk factors, and getting more people to seek hospital and primary physician care.
This conference is presented by the National Library of Medicine in partnership with Healthy African American Families II, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed)
To register and for more details visit the Health African American Families website.
Community-based Treatment Offset Depression Disparities Video
See July 1, 2013 newsletter for details
Webinar: Understanding Evidence for Suicide Prevention: CDC's Interactive Tool to Support Evidence-Based Decision Making - July 11, 2013, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET
Unwrapping Wrap: Utilizing Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) to Promote the Recovery of Justice-Involved Consumers - July 18, 2013, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Webinar: Building Community Resiliency and Healing: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Community Trauma and Disasters - July 23, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM ET
FREE Mental Health Tool Kit
On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama directed Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education to launch a national conversation on mental health to reduce the shame and secrecy associated with mental illness, encourage people to seek help if they are struggling with mental health problems, and encourage individuals whose friends or family are struggling to connect them to help.
As part of that effort a tool kit has been developed to help participants in community conversations about mental health achieve three main goals:
- Get Americans talking about mental health break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities;
Find innovative community-based solutions to mental health needs, with a focus on helping young people; and
Develop clear action steps for communities to move forward in a way that complements existing local activities.