Heart disease and mental health

The Connection Between Heart Disease and Mental Health in the Black Community

12:00pm - February 15, 2024 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2024
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Black Americans have a disproportionately higher risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension than other ethnic or racial groups. They are also at higher risk for heart disease due to pre-existing mental health disorders. In observance of National Heart Health Month (February), this webinar will examine how mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can increase risk factors for heart disease within the Black population.



  • Describe the prevalence of both cardiovascular disease and mental health disorder in the African American community
  • Describe the risk factors associated with both mental health disorders and cardiovascular disease in the African American community
  • Discuss strategies to improve outcomes and reduce morbidity and mortality in African Americans with mental health conditions and co-occurring heart disease



Dr. Welton WashingtonWelton C. Washington, MD is a clinical adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is an attending psychiatrist at Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. He is an American Psychiatric Association member. He has been awarded the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, the Alpha Omega Alpha award for Volunteer Clinical Faculty of the Year, and the Irma Bland, MD Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents. He currently serves on the executive board of the Black Psychiatrists of America. He completed his undergraduate training at Morehouse College and both his medical training and psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Washington is also a member of the Executive Board for Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.




Dr. Annelle PrimmAnnelle 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.







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