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University of Florida’s HealthStreet Hosts National Conversation on Mental Health issues among minority groups

HealthStreet, a community engagement program at the University of Florida, is hosting a free national Our Community, Our Health town hall event on Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET in observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Our Community, Our Health is a series of conversations between researchers and community members from across the country.

The event can be viewed July 26 via livestream and will feature top researchers and mental health practitioners with expertise in child development, social epidemiology and cultural diversity in mental health. Panelists will discuss the stigma associated with mental disorders and the negative consequences that stigma has on individuals, families and society as a whole.

Panelists include:

·        Ms. Pamela Koons, director, WELLness Network

·        Dr. Michelle Jacobs-Elliot, staff psychiatrist, UF Student Health Care Center

·        Dr. Micah E. Johnson, fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse

·        Dr. Andres Pumariega, professor and chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UF College of Medicine and UF Health

Health Street hopes to foster an open discussion between researchers and members of the community, both local and national, via live audience Q&A and questions delivered via Twitter and text messaging.

HealthStreet is supported by the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, the UF College of Medicine and the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Our Community, Our Health is a forum for sharing the latest health research findings and a place to collect and prioritize ideas for research from multiple stakeholders across the country.

RSVP online and visit the HealthStreet website for more information.