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Eliminating Disparities: Multicultural Strategic Summit

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, June 28

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm         Welcome Reception


Thursday, June 29

8:30 am – 9:30am           Legislative Plenary

9:45 am - 1 pm                Latino leaders

9:45 am – 1:30 pm          Hill Visits                     

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm          How to Achieve Cultural Competence  

Cultural competence is the key to quality mental health for diverse communities. In this session, administrators and experts in the field will share the important steps towards a culturally competent system and will share lessons learned, successes and challenges.

Moderator: Rachel Guerrero, LCSW, Chief, Multicultural Affairs, California Department of Mental Health

                                        Cathy Cave, Director of Cultural Competence, New York State Office of Mental Health         

                                        Miriam Delphin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Yale Department of Psychiatry CMHC

                                        Celestine Willis, Director of Training, CCBMDR

Joyce Lane, Ph.D., Chief, Human Resource Development Illinois Division of Mental Health, State of Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago IL

4:00pm - 5:30 pm            Opening Plenary

Friday, June 30          (VOTING DAY)

9:00 am – 10:15 am        Workshops –

  • African American Mental Health

This session will highlight major issues that affect African Americans with mental illness and will provide information about African American mental health research. The panelist will focus on social factors that foster mental illness, high rates of misdiagnosis, characteristics of quality treatment, and more.

Dr. William Lawson, Chair Department of Psychiatry, Howard University.

Dr. Myrna Weissman, Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

Dr. Randye Semple, Project Coordinator,  GenRed, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Eleanor Murphy, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Columbia University

Peggy Templeman, MSW, Author, I Bear a Cross Coming Into Oneness with God

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health

This session will highlight major issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Natives with mental illness and will provide information about AI/.AN       mental health research.  The panelist will focus on social factors that foster mental illness, high rates of misdiagnosis, characteristics of quality   treatment, and more.

Augusta Reimer, MPH, Program Coordinator,  NAMI Alaska

Angie Stratig, MSW, LGSW; Program Manager,  American Indian Family Center

Jessica Gourneau, Ph.D., Psychologist, American Indian Family Center

Dr. Dale Walker, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Director, Center for American Indian Health, Education and Research Director, One Sky Center:  National Native Behavioral Health Resource Center

  • Language Access Services for Limited English Proficient Individuals

This session will explore the current implementation status of Title VI of the Civil Rights   Act of 1964. Furthermore, it will highlight trained interpreter services as a viable solution to provide language access services to limited English proficient individuals.

Majose Carrasco, Director, NAMI Multicultural Action Center  

Dr. DJ Ida, Executive Director, National Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

Dr. Juan Ramos, Board Member, National Latino Behavioral Health Association


10:30 am – 11:45 am      Workshops –

  • Latino Mental Health

This session will highlight major issues that affect Latinos with mental illness and will provide information about Latino mental health research.            The panelist will focus on social factors that foster mental illness, high rates of misdiagnosis, characteristics of quality treatment, and more.

Henry Acosta, LSW, Deputy Director, New Jersey Mental Health Institute Inc. / Project Director, Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics.

Dr. Britt Rios, Director, Director, NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training

Martha Silva, National Trainer, Spanish Family to Family Educational Program & NAMI New Jersey

  • Asian American Mental Health

This session will highlight major issues that affect Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders with mental illness and will provide information about AAPI       mental health research.  The panelist will focus on social factors that foster mental illness, high rates of misdiagnosis, characteristics of quality treatment, and more.

Kinike Bermudez, Board Member, National Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

Yilo Cheng, MSW, Mental Health Project Manager, Asian American Federation of New York

Dr. Anand Pandya, Secretary, NAMI Board of Directors.


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm        Lunch on Your Own

1:45 pm – 3:45pm           Summit’s Plenary Session

This session will provide an overview of the existing  disparities in mental health care that affect communities of color, highlight the role of culture in mental health, and explore viable solutions to address the myriad of barriers to access and quality of treatment.

Moderator: Gloria Walker, NAMI Board of Directors,   Co-Chair Summit Planning Committee

Dr. Rodolfo Arredondo, Commissioner, President’s New Freedom Commission for Mental Health   Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Director, Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Dr. Teresa Chapa (invited), Director, Policy and Data, Office of Minority Health, Federal Partners Senior Workgroup, Mental Health Transformation Agenda

Augusta Reimer, MPH, Program Coordinator, NAMI Alaska

Nancy Carter, President NAMI Urban Los Angeles


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm          Best Practices in Multicultural Advocacy & Treatment

This session will explore different practices that have proven to be effective in multicultural mental health treatment. Among other topics, the session explores the key role primary care providers play in providing care for multicultural communities, how cultural competence can improve access and quality of treatment for consumers of color, the importance of advocacy, and consumer and family education and support

Moderator: Fred Sandoval, MPA, Vice-President, NAMI Board of Directors, Co-Chair, Summit Planning Committee                                          

Cultural Competence in Service Delivery

Ed Wang, Psy.D., Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Boston, MA

Role of Primary Care

Dr. Harriet McCombs, Health Disparities Collaborative Mental Health Lead, HRSA/BPHC/Division of Clinical Quality.

Consumer and Family Education and Support

Maggie Luo, Program and Technical Resources Coordinator, Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program (CAMHOP-NJ), NAMI New Jersey

Patient Centered Care – Integration Community Values & Beliefs

Tracey Many Wounds, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Director of Child Protection Services

Advocacy and Coalition Building

Molly Cole, Executive Director, FAVOR, Connecticut


Saturday, July 1

8:30 am – 10:00 am        Research Plenary

12:00 – 1:45 pm              Lunch on Your Own

                                        Poster Sessions (In Park Suites)

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm          Round Table Discussion

Evidence Based Practices or Practice Based Evidence

Evidence based practices is the key in all research and funding efforts. This session will explore how evidenced based practices can be applied to the multicultural community.

Hosted by Dr. Ernie Marquez, Director NIMH Office for Special Populations      

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm          Break

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm          Creating a National Advocacy Plan

Town Hall Meeting

This meeting will bring leaders in the mental health community together in order to create a nation-wide action plan to address mental health disparities in minority communities and culturally competent care.

Facilitator: Sergio Aguilar Gaxiola M.D., Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm        Convention Banquet

Sunday, July 2

9:30 am – 10:30 am         Interfaith Worship Service