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Spotlight: Framing Global Mental Health Priorities: Policy and Practice through a Human Rights Lens
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
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Framing Global Mental Health Priorities: Policy and Practice through a Human Rights Lens

Join us for the first of three special "Spotlight" sessions hosted by the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice and the Coming Together for Action Conference. These bonus live sessions will be recorded and available as on-demand content during the conference. Access is free but you’ll need to register for your space in each spotlight session.


COVID-19 is a public health challenge that is threatening the health and well-being of citizens globally. The long-term mental health of children, families, and communities, especially in light of the significant health and economic disparities and racial injustices experienced by communities of color, remain unknown. In this time of uncertainty, attention to the mental health needs of everyone—particularly of young people—is urgently needed. Local communities must find ways to promote resilience and support in the face of isolation and loneliness and to help those who are experiencing distress.

Exploring health and human rights, this event will frame priorities that address policy and practice, focus on disparities that exist globally, and prioritize meaningful systemic change.

Register now at zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h1yRYgvXTo2B6Kg9ioreGgAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Speaker Profiles

Moderator: Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Sofia Gruskin

Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA | Director at USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health
A pioneer in bringing together multi-disciplinary approaches to global health, Sofia (@sofiagruskinhas been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological, and empirical links between health and human rights with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease, and health systems. Sofia received the 2020 Hayman Award from the Global Alliance. Connect with Sofia on LinkedIn

Edilma YearwoodEdilma L. Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS- BC, FAAN | Department Chair, Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University
Edilma (@edilma_yearwood) is a certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience. Her research interests include mood dysregulation in youth, the intersection of culture and mental health of immigrant populations, and community-based participatory action research methodologies. She is an editor and chapter contributor to two mental health textbooks, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (2nd ed. 2021) and the Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing (2017). She is Associate Editor of the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing Journal and has done extensive work in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Connect with Edilma on LinkedIn

Mia Campbell

Mia N. Campbell, BSc | Research Assistant, Columbia Spatial Epidemiology Lab
Mia (@MiaNCampbell1) is a budding global mental health researcher who is passionate about adolescent mental health and wellness. Mia completed her bachelor's degree at Georgetown University where she studied Biology of Global Health and Women's and Gender studies. Mia’s research and work has primarily focused on youth engagement and empowerment through community-based mental health interventions. Mia believes in translational research that is used to empower communities. Her next steps include completing her independent research in India as a Fulbright Scholar and applying to PhD Epidemiology programs. Connect with Mia on LinkedIn

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