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Understanding and Advancing Mental Health Equity for Young Adults

3:00pm - July 16, 2019 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: July 16, 2019
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Time: 6:00-7:15 p.m. ET / 3:00-4:15 p.m. PT / 12:00-1:15 p.m. HT / 9:00-10:15 a.m. ChT

Young adults of transition age have elevated rates of mental health challenges, yet they often do not receive services. Few mental health interventions have been designed with this population in mind, and even fewer have been found to be effective. This puts young adults of transition age at greater risk for homelessness, justice involvement, and education and employment challenges. These challenges are even more acute for youth from vulnerable populations. This webinar will focus on strategic practices that health departments and mental health agencies can take to begin eliminating health disparities by advancing mental health equity.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the link between health disparities and mental health equity.
  • Gain knowledge about the unique mental health equity challenges facing young adults of transition age.
  • Learn practical strategies for advancing mental health equity for youth and young adults.



Kristin Thorp, BSWKristin Thorp, BSW, Youth Engagement Specialist at Youth M.O.V.E. National, has ten years of experience in advocacy, youth leadership, and program development, with a special focus on the mental health and criminal justice systems. As a Youth Engagement Specialist, she is a national technical assistance provider on the development, implementation, and sustainability of quality youth programming. She supports grantees develop meaningful and mutual partnerships with youth, young adults, and system leaders to advance best practices for youth engagement. In addition, she is an advisor on the System of Care Children's Mental Health Initiative and supports national evaluation efforts by conducting qualitative and quantitative research as well as utilizing data to determine technical assistance needs for grantee communities. Prior to joining Youth M.O.V.E. National, Ms. Thorp was the Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator for Maine's System of Care. Ms. Thorp has utilized her own lived experience, passion, and expertise in the field of positive youth development to bridge multiple perspectives to promote trauma-informed approaches to recovery.


Guest presenter to be announced at a later date.