Past Event

Sidney Hankerson – Writing a New Story Together: Confronting Mental Health Disparities with Community Partnerships

September 18, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Lecture Hall, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Speaker: Dr. Sidney Hankerson, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center

This lecture will highlight an innovative, community-focused approach to delivering mental health services. Fear and shame of mental health problems cause people to suffer in silence and not seek help. In addition to stigma, under-resourced communities face historical distrust of providers and few treatment options. Dr. Hankerson has created a coalition of community leaders and academicians focused on transforming trusted community settings, like African American Churches, into therapeutic spaces for people with mental health problems. Hankerson will outline specific steps for how individuals, families, and communities can reshape mental health care.

RSVP by Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Free and open to the public, registration required

Dr. Sidney Hankerson is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. His research and clinical work are focused on increasing access to mental health treatment for under-served groups. He has earned over $1 million in grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, Columbia University, and private foundations.

This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.