Black youth face significant challenges in accessing adequate mental health care and support, and continue to experience high rates of depression, anxiety, and trauma as a result of systemic racism and discrimination. These issues have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 11, the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship is brought together leaders working in Black communities to discuss their work and share learnings.
Dr. Michael A. Lindsey is the Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver School of Social Work and a Health Innovators Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a noted scholar in the fields of child and adolescent mental health, as well as a leader in the search for knowledge and solutions to generational poverty and inequality. Dr. Lindsey led the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which created the report Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America.
Dr. Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH is the creative diversity director for Headspace Inc., responsible for overseeing the overall content diversity and inclusion strategy across their different channels. Additionally, she serves as director of the Health Disparities Institute and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut (Health). As a tenured professor, nationally recognized expert and thought leader on masculinities and male health, Dr. Powell serves on and leads several national advisory councils on fatherhood and health disparities in boys and men.
Dr Sarah Vinson is a physician who specializes in adult, child & adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. She is the founder of the Lorio Psych Group, an Atlanta, GA based mental health practice providing expert care and consultation. Dr. Vinson is also the founder of Lorio Forensics, which provide consultation in a wide variety of cases in criminal, civil and family court cases.
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a pioneering psychologist, scientist, author, mental health correspondent, and the founder of the million-dollar nonprofit, The AAKOMA Project. An expert in her field, Dr. Alfiee focuses on mental health and suicide prevention for intersectional youth and young adults (including LGBTQ and youth with disabilities)
SESSIONS IN THE ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS DIALOGUE SERIES ARE TAKING PLACE MARCH THROUGH JULY ON THURSDAY AFTERNOONS – JOIN UPCOMING SESSIONS
Session 1: A Primer on the Adolescent Mental Health Crisis | April 6, 3:00-4:00PM ET | WATCH THE RECORDING
Session 2: Community Spotlight: Native American Youth | April 6, 2023, 3:00-4:00PM ET | WATCH THE RECORDING
Session 4: Community Spotlight: LGBT+ Youth | June 1, 3:00-4:00PM ET
Session 5: Community Spotlight: Latinx Youth | July 13, 3:00-4:00PM ET
ABOUT THE ASPEN HEALTH INNOVATORS FELLOWSHIP
The Health Innovators Fellowship’s mission is to develop a community of energized, values-driven leaders committed to finding viable solutions to confront U.S. health care’s problems.
The Fellowship offers high-performing professionals a unique experience—the ability to connect with and learn from a diverse group of peers with whom they wouldn’t ordinarily interact while refining their own values and charting a course that empowers them to take action in new ways to improve health and health care in America. Fellows come from a wide variety of industries and sectors, ranging from medicine to venture capital to public health and beyond. Learn More