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All Healers Mental Health Alliance AHMHA Advocacy Report December 2006 Presented by: Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH Director, Minority and National Affairs American Psychiatric Association 703 907-8539 [email protected] All Healers Mental Health Alliance

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All Healers Mental Health AllianceAHMHAAdvocacy ReportDecember 2006

Presented by:

Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH

Director, Minority and National Affairs

American Psychiatric Association

703 [email protected]


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All Healers Mental Health Alliance

  • Psychiatrists, MDs of other specialties, faith-based leaders, social workers, psychologists, and health advocates from across the nation

  • Mobilized to provide long-term mental health response, resilience and recovery to disaster survivors and their caregivers


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All Healers Mental Health Alliance

  • Facilitate screening, referral, mental health services, tracking, case management

  • Develop nationwide networks of culturally competent mental health professionals

  • Link with primary care, faith community, schools, nursing homes, CBOs and other gatekeepers

  • Training, consultation, and support to caregivers using cutting edge interactive technologies, including telepsychiatry


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American Psychiatric Association

Association of Black Psychologists

Association of Black Sociologists

Black Mental Health Alliance

Black Psychiatrists of America

Black Psychiatrists of Greater NY

Community Mental Health Council, Inc. (Chicago)

Full Circle Health (NY)

Howard Univ. Department of Psychiatry

Katrina Health Coalition

Morehouse Department of Psychiatry

National Black Nurses Association

National Association of Black Social Workers

National Medical Association

National Urban League

New Leadership Forum (formerly incarcerated persons)

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

Social Services Board of the NY Society for Ethical Culture

Universal Patient Record Information System Corp. (UPRIS)

All Healers Mental Health Alliance:Key Organization Members


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AHMHA Advocacy Efforts: 2005-2006

  • Inform federal, state, and local legislative and civic leaders about:

    • AHMHA and the Regional Coordinating Center @ Morehouse

    • unmet needs for mental health services

    • need for allocation resources for services

  • Conduct site visits to the Gulf Coast and the diaspora

  • Organize events to honor people who have worked to assist disaster survivors

  • Give presentations and distribute AHMHA literature at national meetings and conferences, and other forums

  • Activation of key advocates: Fredette West and Drs. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, Lucy Perez, Annelle Primm


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AHMHA Advocacy with Legislative,Organizational, and Civic Leadership

  • State Representative Cheryl Gray, delegate from New Orleans

  • Senator Mary Landrieu

  • Kevin Stephens, M.D., New Orleans Health Commissioner

  • Kathleen Crapanzano, M.D. Louisiana, Office of Mental Health

  • Raymond Jetson, President, Louisiana Medical Recovery Foundation

  • Senator Hilary Clinton

  • Congresswoman Donna Christian-Christensen and the Katrina Health Forum (Perez)


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AHMHA Advocacy with Legislative,Organizational, and Civic Leadership

  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee

  • Congressman Charles Rangel

  • Marc Morial, President, National Urban League

  • Sandra Gadsen, M.D., Immediate Past President, NMA

  • Carolyn Robinowitz, M.D., President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association

  • Jay Scully, M.D., Medical Director & CEO American Psychiatric Association


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AHMHA Advocacy with Legislative,Organizational, and Civic Leadership

  • Irwin Redlener, M.D., President, Children’s Health Fund

  • Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World

  • Susan Taylor, Essence Magazine

  • National Congress of Black State Legislators

  • New York Disaster Interfaith Services


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AHMHA Sponsored Events

  • Heroes of Healing Event in NYC during Black History Month 2/06

  • Thriving in Trauma, Trials and Tribulations: Celebrating Our Heroes of Healing, 10/06 at the American Psychiatric Association Institute for Psychiatric Services in NYC

  • Currently planning series of workshops, symposia and community events on disaster and mental health disparities in underserved population during the American Psychiatric Association Institute for Psychiatric Services in New Orleans in 2007


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AHMHA at Nat’l & Regional Meetings

  • NMA Psychiatry Section Panel on Katrina, 8/06

  • Institute of the Black World Howard University School of Social Work 8/06

  • Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust 4/06 and 9/06

  • Mississippi Psychiatric Association, African American Mental Health Forum, Jackson, MS, 9/06

  • Quality Care for Diverse Populations, Seattle, 10/06

  • American Psychiatric Association Assembly 11/06

  • Black Psychiatrists of America, St. Kitts 11/06


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AHMHA Site Visits: 2005-2006

  • Baton Rouge, Houston 9/05 (Primm and NMA delegation)

    • Visit Louisiana State House, shelters and churches

  • LA, MS, AL, TX visit to assess status one year post (Perez and UPRIS) 9/06

  • New Orleans and Houston 9/06

    • Visits to clinical sites

    • Meetings with faith community leaders

    • Meetings with New Orleans and Houston Area Urban League

    • Social gathering of mental health and health professionals – need for connection and healing


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All Healers Mental Health Alliance

  • Establish national network of culturally competent mental health professionals to serve people with unmet mental health needs

  • Provide support and consultation to caregivers

  • Organize Heroes of Healing celebrations

  • Nurture partnerships with Morehouse, NUL, and other organizations

  • Conduct demonstration projects using telepsychiatry in primary care, faith community and school settings – New Orleans, Houston

  • Future research/conference on use of telepsychiatry in diverse populations


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AHMHA Achievements 2005-2006

  • Interim consulting contract with Morehouse

  • Initiated telepsychiatry demonstration projects in New Orleans, Houston and New York City

  • Non-profit status

  • Part-time administrative support

  • Engagement of mental health advocates from inside and outside Gulf Coast Region

  • AHMHA website

    • www. katrinamentalhealth.com


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AHMHA

  • Coalition of African American leaders and other people of good conscience around the nation filling a void

  • Potential for sustainability

  • Relationship building

  • Huge network – national, across the diaspora

  • Sharing knowledge and resources

  • Importance of advocacy

  • Collaboration and connection

  • Care for the caregivers – civil rights leaders

  • Great potential for the future for all types of trauma and disasters, acute and chronic


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