Dr. Kimberly Arnold presents: Strategies for Advancing Mental Health Equity in Schools | Recording & Resources

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The Northwest MHTTC is excited to co-sponsor the UW SMART Center's Annual 2022 Speaker Series. Originally a series of in-person events, we have moved these presentations to a virtual format due to COVID-19. 

School mental health services increase access to mental health care for children and adolescents. However, significant disparities remain in the appropriateness, quality, effectiveness, and outcomes of school mental health services, particularly among students from marginalized racial/ethnic groups and/or families with low income. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased mental health challenges among students and exacerbated disparities in school mental health services. The purpose of this presentation is to provide strategies for addressing mental health disparities and advancing mental health equity in schools.



  • Explain the burden of mental health challenges among children and adolescents and associated disparities in school mental health care
  • State the importance of involving stakeholders in the development, selection, adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based school mental health interventions
  • Discuss examples of policies, interventions, and implementation strategies to advance mental health equity in schools
  • Describe the Adapting Strategies to Promote Implementation Reach and Equity framework


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Kimberly T. Arnold, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health @University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Kimberly Arnold is a public health researcher and practitioner who addresses health disparities disproportionately experienced by Black Americans and engages in multi-sector collaboration to address inequities in social determinants of health in the areas of food security, housing, education, and mental health care access and quality. Dr. Arnold is a leader in health equity, community engaged research approaches, and implementation science. She conducts research—in partnership with community members, practitioners, and policymakers—to increase and improve the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based mental health interventions in community settings with a focus on schools and churches. Dr. Arnold earned a BA in Biology with minors in African American Studies and Health from the College of Charleston in 2012, MPH from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and Human Rights in 2014, and PhD in Health Policy and Management and certificate in Community-Based Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2019. In 2021, she completed a National Institute of Mental Health T32 postdoctoral fellowship in implementation science, mental health services research, and academic-community partnerships at the Penn Center for Mental Health. Dr. Arnold is currently an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.


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