Mental health is at the heart many of the challenges we face, including trauma and adverse childhood experiences, social isolation, institutionalized bias and discrimination, and "diseases of despair" that manifest in depression, suicide, and substance misuse. Addressing social determinants of health is key to helping communities navigate adversity, heal, and flourish.
Part one of our Web Forum series, Back to Our Roots: Exploring the History of Community Mental Health and Identifying Strategies to Advance Population Wide Mental Health and Wellbeing will provide an overview on how improving community conditions can reduce the incidence and intensity of mental health challenges, and help activate resilience.
This Web Forum is recommended for public health professionals, healthcare providers, behavioral health providers, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, and philanthropy/funders.
Please visit Cultivating Our Roots: Leveraging a Gendered and Cultured Lens to Advance Community Strategies to Improve Population Wide Mental Health and Wellbeing to learn about Part 2 in the series.
Executive Director and Founder
Larry Cohen, MSW, is founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving community health and equity through effective primary prevention: building resilience and preventing illness, injury, and violence before they occur. Larry has helped to advance a deeper understanding of how community factors shape health…
Ruben Cantu is a program manager for community trauma, mental health, and violence prevention at Prevention Institute. He has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in public health, equity, program and organizational management, and technical assistance and capacity building. Previously Associate Director at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Ruben…
Larissa Estes, DrPH, joined the Health System Transformation and Mental Health and Wellbeing teams at Prevention Institute in September 2015. Larissa has served as a key author is several publications at Prevention Institute on Accountable Communities for Health, Medical High Utilization, and Mental Health and Wellbeing. She is interested in…