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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2021 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) will host a 5k virtual run, walk and roll on Saturday, July 10, to help raise awareness for mental health inequities facing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) youth and to honor the late mental health equity advocate and author, Bebe Moore Campbell.

APA’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity created the MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5K to be hosted during July, BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. In partnership with the APA Foundation this event will raise funds for APA Foundation's MOORE Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Initiative, which supports individuals and community organizations that have innovative awareness programs or have provided services to improve the mental health of BIPOC youth.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2021 – As part of its Federal Advocacy Conference, members of the American Psychiatric Association will be participating in a virtual fly-in this Thursday to speak with their federal representatives and senators about policies and resources to increase access to needed mental health and substance use disorder services. The fly-in comes as COVID-19 continues to impact rates of anxiety, depression and overdoses in the United States.

WHO: 125 member psychiatrists and APA District Branch leaders covering 33 states will participate in more than 150 meetings.

WHAT: Their conversations will cover APA’s legislative priorities, such as mental health equity, mental health and substance use disorder parity, telehealth, graduate medical education and the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2021 – Patients deserve a clear understanding of the roles played by all those who partner in their care, as they already experience difficulty in identifying who is or is not a physician. It is important to provide transparency and clarity, not create more confusion, and put their safety at risk.

The AAPA’s decision to rebrand their profession by changing the title of physician assistant (PA) to physician associate does not accurately convey PA responsibilities under the critical guidance of a physician-led team. In the name of medical care transparency, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) strongly opposes this name change as it will exacerbate the challenges patients already face when discerning the qualifications of those who are both providing and leading their care.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2021 – On Saturday, during its online federal advocacy conference, the American Psychiatric Association conferred the highest award it gives a public servant, the Jacob K. Javits Award, to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). Rep. Watson Coleman is being honored for her career record of public service on mental health, including her recent activities with the Congressional Black Caucus to prevent suicides in Black youth and her staunch support of the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act.

Each year, APA confers the Jacob K. Javits Award to a federal and or state public servant who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of psychiatry and mental health advocacy. APA established the award in 1986 in honor of Senator Javits, who represented New York State in the U.S. Senate from 1957 to 1981.


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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 7, 2021

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 27, 2021



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