The second annual Council Luncheon was held on February 24, 2020 at Teachers College, Columbia University. The first four grantees funded by Council contributions shared short overviews of their research in the Philippines, Ethiopia, Chile, and among immigrant communities in New York City. These grantees shared details about their interest in global mental health and the impact of their grants, even from small seed funding. After lunch, Columbia global mental health faculty member Dr. Geoffrey Reed and director Sam Feder explained the power of global mental health research to shape advocacy at the intersection of gender and mental health. Dr. Geoffrey Reed presented on his research, funded by small grants similar to the Council funding, that was used to shift gender incongruence out of the Mental, Behavioral, and Neurological Disorders chapter of the ICD-11. Sam Feder followed by showing clips of his film Disclosure, which recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival and showcases the depiction of transgender individuals in Hollywood. Sam and his partner on the film, Amy Scholder, were given the Arts & Advocacy Award from the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health for their use of the arts as a tool for advocacy to fight for the health and mental well-being of all people.
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