2024 Riggs-Yale Conference: Building Community Partnerships to Address Strains in the Social Safety Net
According to the National Institutes of Health, almost 20% of children and young people ages 3-17 in the United States have a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder, with suicidal behaviors among high school students having risen over 40% in the last 15 years. These trends were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and have had a differential impact on systemically marginalized populations. About half of young children in the USA live in or near poverty, also a social driver of family mental health. While individual treatment is an important approach to addressing the crisis, community-wide efforts aimed at systemic intervention and prevention are essential. In this conference we will learn about creative approaches to building community-based partnerships to support at risk families and youth. We will examine the social and structural determinants of health and consider approaches to health equity improvement including how community narratives can build collaboration.
Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Inaugural Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, Yale School of Medicine
Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH, Senior Director, Community Health Transformation at Connecticut Hospital Association
Clara Blustein Lindholm, Director of Research Interpretation for the Culture Change Project at the FrameWorks Institute
Time – 10:15AM – 2:00PM (EST)
10:15 – Welcome and opening remarks. Jane Tillman, PhD and Donna Elmendorf, PhD
10:30 – Presentation; Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH, - “Poverty and material basic needs as social drivers of health and family mental health”.
- Question and Answer session; Moderated by Nancy Close, PhD
11:30 – Presentation; Clara Blustein Lindholm – “All Together Now: Framing to foster collaboration and engagement.”
- Question and Answer session; Moderated by Nancy Close, PhD
12:30 -1:00 Break
1:00 – 2:00 – Presentation; Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS – “Promoting healthcare equity through community engagement.”
- Discussion moderated by Linda Mayes, MD
2:00 – Closing remarks. Thank you for attending.
After attending this conference participants will be able to describe the relationship between maternal mental health and early childhood mental health.
After attending this conference, participants will be able to describe the benefits of creating a framing narrative for addressing substance misuse in adolescents in the local community.
After attending this conference, participants will be able to describe the social determinants of mental health.
After attending this conference, the participants will be able to list three ways that disparities in access to care in childhood have long-term effects.
After attending this conference, the participants will identify two ways to strengthen the social safety net for children and families.
Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; C.N.H Long Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale. Her research focuses on health and healthcare equity for marginalized populations with an emphasis on the social and structural drivers of health, the influence of healthcare systems on health disparities, and the advancement of community-academic partnered scholarship. Dr. Nunez-Smith served as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response and Chair of the Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and chair of the governor’s ReOpen CT Advisory Group Community Committee. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, she attended Jefferson Medical College, residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.
Megan V. Smith, DrPH, MPH is a national leader in public health, maternal and child health, and mental health with specific interest and expertise related to families experiencing poverty. Dr. Smith has broad knowledge and extensive experience in transforming systems to reduce health inequities for birthing people with a particular focus on economic inequities. Dr. Smith serves as a consultant to the National Diaper Bank Network. In this work she plays a leading role in shaping and implementing research and policies related to childhood poverty in the United States. Most recently, she served as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine, and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health and currently serves as Senior Director of Community Health Transformation at the Connecticut Hospital Association. Dr. Smith is the founder of the Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) partnership, a nationally acclaimed approach to improving mental health among low wealth families. MOMS is currently being implemented in multiple states across the U.S. Dr. Smith also founded and directed the Elevate Policy Lab, a policy center at Yale School of Medicine whose primary aim is to provide technical assistance to government entities on the advancement of mental health and family economic mobility
Clara Blustein Lindholm serves as the Director of Research Interpretation for the Culture Change Project at the FrameWorks Institute. She was previously a Principal Strategist at FrameWorks, specializing in helping organizations to communicate about the criminal legal system, juvenile justice, and behavioral health. Clara has been interested in the intersection of research and advocacy since she was an intern at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, where she conducted research on restorative justice programs for youth and indigent defense delivery systems. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in East Asian languages and civilizations, focusing on comparative legal histories of China and the United States.
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