The fourth annual Council Luncheon and Meeting was held on April 25th, 2022 in a hybrid format, at Faculty House, Columbia University, as well as online. Council Members, Grant Recipients, and faculty gathered from all across the world for an afternoon of meaningful connection and community building.
2021-2022 Council Grant Recipients shared updates on their projects thus far in Mozambique and Armenia:
- Annika Sweetland, DrPH, MPH & Francine Cournos, MD: Exploring Patients’ and Provider’ Perspectives on Managing the Complex Multimorbidities of TB, HIV, Common Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders within Primary Care in Mozambique
- Christina Mehranbod, MPH, Jeremy Kane, PhD, MPH, Kim Hekimian, PhD, & Christopher Morrison, PhD, MPH: Post-war, Mid-pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study of Alcohol Consumption Patterns and Alcohol Use Environment of Young Adults in Yerevan, Armenia.
- Rogerio Mulumba, MD, Iruma Bello, PhD, Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, & Milton L. Wainberg, MD: Development of a Recovery-oriented Psychosocial Treatment Model for Individuals with Schizophrenia in Mozambique.
- Jennifer Mootz, PhD, & Michael Wessells, PhD: Implementation Mapping of Digitized Mental Health Services for Urban Internally Displaced People in Mozambique.
Findings from these innovative and impactful projects can be applied locally and globally to improve mental health care worldwide. This work would not be possible without the ongoing support of Council Members.
Dr. Kathleen Pike, Director of the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health, also facilitated a conversation between guest speakers Matt Kudish, Executive Director of NAMI-NYC, and Dr. Mark van Ommeren, Head of the Mental Health Unit at the World Health Organization Department of Mental Health and Substance Use. As the discussion conveyed, addressing and protecting mental health in the context of emergencies is an incredibly important and relevant both within the US (e.g., the launch of the federal 988 mental health emergency line) and around the world (e.g., in the ongoing crises in Ukraine).
Thank you to all Council Members for joining us on this journey to improve mental health globally! To view photos and a recording of the event, click here.