Blending Implementation and Health Disparities Research to Improve the Health of Latinx with Serious Mental Illness

Lecture | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Leo Cabassa, PhD, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

 Social Welfare, School of

Implementing health care interventions in public mental health clinics is a pressing need since people with serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia) face persistent health disparities. Local adaptations and customization are needed to increase the reach and impact of these interventions in the public mental health system and across racial and ethnic minority communities. In this talk, Dr. Cabassa will present the work of a collaborative project at a public outpatient mental health clinic in New York City that adapted a health care manager intervention to Latinx with SMI and social workers. He will discuss how the collaborative intervention planning framework, an approach that blends principles of community-based participatory research and intervention mapping, informed the adaptation of this intervention and report findings on the feasibility, acceptability and initial impact of this intervention on improving the health of Latinx with SMI and at risk for cardiovascular disease.

 Lissette Maria Flores, Associate Director, Berkeley Social Welfare, Latinx Center of Excellence, CA,, 5106436669