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Understanding the Intersectionality of Race, Culture, and Perinatal PTSD

June 12, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
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Central East MHTTC

Danya Institute, Inc.
8737 Colesville Road Suite L - 203
Silver Spring,
MD
20910
HHS Region 3
DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
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The Central East MHTTC, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and managed by the Danya Institute, supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance (TA)  to the behavioral health and primary care workforce in HHS Region 3, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia that provides prevention, treatment and recovery support services to individuals who have and/or are at risk of developing a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder.

Recent News

From the Central East MHTTC
May. 10, 2024
SAMHSA has released the new publication Behavioral Health among Older Adults: Results from the 2021 and 2022 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. This new infographic highlights substance use and mental health indicators among adults aged 60 or older in the United States.
Apr. 29, 2024
The 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, updated for the first time in more than 10 years, outlines concrete recommendations for addressing gaps and meeting the needs of at-risk populations. The nation’s suicide prevention strategy includes a pillar prioritizing equity, an essential requirement for addressing populations disproportionately impacted by suicide. Learn more
Apr. 02, 2024
The March 26, 2024 collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore can evoke mixed emotions and concerns for anyone affected by this devastating incident. The Disaster Distress Helpline, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support for those coping in the aftermath of […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Central East MHTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION Although occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, ongoing worry or extreme fear may indicate an underlying mental health concern. This webinar will explore the types of anxiety disorders, including phobias, prevalent in the Black community. These conditions are among the most pervasive, troubling, and disabling of mental disorders. The presentation will also discuss treatment options for this population. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Define the types of anxiety disorders Identify the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders Discuss pharmacologic treatment Discuss non-pharmacologic treatment PRESENTER Dr. Topaz Sampson-Mills is board certified in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry. Currently, she serves as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic and Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. After earning her Bachelor of Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, she went on to complete psychiatry residency with the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine. During residency, she had the pleasure of serving as Chief Resident and was awarded the Eugen Kahn Excellence in psychiatry award. Dr. Sampson-Mills completed her forensic psychiatry fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York where she served as an expert witness in several cases. Her career interests include medical education and community mental health. HOST Annelle Primm MD, MPH is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color. She is also a member of the Black Psychiatrists of America Council of Elders. AUDIENCE This webinar is part of the Health Equity Webinar Series, an ongoing collaboration between the Central East MHTTC and the Black Psychiatrists of America to increase education and awareness surrounding mental health in the Black community. View past webinars in the series
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION SAMHSA's Region 3 Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center partnered with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) to develop Black and Latinx Perinatal PTSD: What Behavioral Health Providers Need to Know. This four-session virtual training series aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), specifically in the context of Black and Latinx mothers. Session 1 will focus on the relationship between racial and culture-based inequality and adverse perinatal mental health outcomes of these mothers. The series will delve into challenges including traumatic birth experiences, mental health diagnoses, and stigma surrounding substance use disorder/opioid use disorder (SUD/OUD). Participants will gain knowledge and skills to support and provide culturally sensitive care to Black and Latinx mothers experiencing perinatal PTSD. Trainings will build on one another but can also stand alone, so participants can attend some or all of the trainings. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Explore the specific challenges and experiences of Black and Latinx mothers in the perinatal period. Discuss the impact of racial and cultural factors on the development and manifestation of perinatal PTSD. Identify the barriers that Black and Latinx mothers face in seeking and receiving appropriate mental health care. PRESENTERS Tiffany Malone, M.A., is a seasoned senior program manager at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), bringing two decades of experience to her role. She spearheads the Mentored Internship Program under the California Department of Health Care Services’ Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative. As the Deputy Director, Tiffany provides strategic planning, oversight, management, and invaluable training and technical assistance (TA) to behavioral health organizations across California, aiding in the expansion of the state’s behavioral health workforce. With expertise in various training formats and extensive management experience, Ms. Malone is adept at driving performance and fostering growth within her teams. Prior to her time at AHP, she provided behavioral support to families, specifically mothers with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She is deeply committed to advocating for Black maternal and infant health. Her dedication extends to her involvement with the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Village Fund, where she champions holistic wellness services for Black and Latinx mothers. She actively addresses systemic issues contributing to maternal mortality rates among Black and Latinx women in Los Angeles County. Ms. Malone holds a B.S. in health management from Howard University and an M.A. in teaching applied behavior analysis from National University. Additionally, she is certified as a Master Life Coach, Cognitive Behavior Life Coach, and 200-hour yoga instructor.   Linzi A. Jack, M.A., NBC-HWC, is a senior program associate with AHP and a Board-Certified Integrative Health and Wellness Coach with more than 12 years of experience in the policy and organizational landscapes of behavioral health, homelessness, and substance use. She has a keen focus on advancing health equity by reducing the socioeconomic barriers that drive poor health outcomes for underserved communities. Ms. Jack provides dynamic thought leadership, logistical support, TA content development, and grantee support to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Program and the Illinois Regional Care Coordination Agency Projects at AHP. She has an extensive background in implementing large-scale quality improvement programs for Federally Qualified Health Centers, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification and the Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers program. Ms. Jack holds a B.S. in psychology from Howard University and an M.A. in integrative health and wellness coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Webinar/Virtual Training
DESCRIPTION SAMHSA's Region 3 Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center partnered with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) to develop Black and Latinx Perinatal PTSD: What Behavioral Health Providers Need to Know. This four-session virtual training series aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), specifically in the context of Black and Latinx mothers. Session 2 will delve into birth-related trauma. Throughout the series, participants will gain knowledge and skills to support and provide culturally sensitive care to Black and Latinx mothers experiencing perinatal PTSD. Trainings will build on one another but can also stand alone, so participants can attend some or all of the trainings. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Recognize the prevalence and consequences of traumatic birth experiences among Black and Latinx mothers. Understand the complex factors contributing to trauma during the birthing process in these communities. Identify trauma-informed approaches to support Black and Latinx mothers who have experienced birth-related trauma. PRESENTERS Tiffany Malone, M.A., is a seasoned senior program manager at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), bringing two decades of experience to her role. She spearheads the Mentored Internship Program under the California Department of Health Care Services’ Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative. As the Deputy Director, Tiffany provides strategic planning, oversight, management, and invaluable training and technical assistance (TA) to behavioral health organizations across California, aiding in the expansion of the state’s behavioral health workforce. With expertise in various training formats and extensive management experience, Ms. Malone is adept at driving performance and fostering growth within her teams. Prior to her time at AHP, she provided behavioral support to families, specifically mothers with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She is deeply committed to advocating for Black maternal and infant health. Her dedication extends to her involvement with the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Village Fund, where she champions holistic wellness services for Black and Latinx mothers. She actively addresses systemic issues contributing to maternal mortality rates among Black and Latinx women in Los Angeles County. Ms. Malone holds a B.S. in health management from Howard University and an M.A. in teaching applied behavior analysis from National University. Additionally, she is certified as a Master Life Coach, Cognitive Behavior Life Coach, and 200-hour yoga instructor.   Linzi A. Jack, M.A., NBC-HWC, is a senior program associate with AHP and a Board-Certified Integrative Health and Wellness Coach with more than 12 years of experience in the policy and organizational landscapes of behavioral health, homelessness, and substance use. She has a keen focus on advancing health equity by reducing the socioeconomic barriers that drive poor health outcomes for underserved communities. Ms. Jack provides dynamic thought leadership, logistical support, TA content development, and grantee support to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Program and the Illinois Regional Care Coordination Agency Projects at AHP. She has an extensive background in implementing large-scale quality improvement programs for Federally Qualified Health Centers, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification and the Centers for Disease. Control and Prevention Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers program. Ms. Jack holds a B.S. in psychology from Howard University and an M.A. in integrative health and wellness coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Products & Resources

Developed by the Central East MHTTC
Multimedia
Recording of the event Autism in the Black Community, originally held on April 18, 2024. Presentation Slides
Multimedia
Recording for the National Center for School Mental Health led event Mental Health Literacy: What Is It and Why Is It Important?, originally held on April 9, 2024. Slide presentation
Multimedia
Recording of the event Providing Weight-Inclusive Care: From Diet Culture and Weight Stigma to Health At Every Size, originally held on April 4, 2024. Presentation slides
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