Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Changing Minds & Advancing Lines: Why We Must Keep Pushing for Mental Health Equity

Date and Time

February 20, 2024
2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern Time

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Portrait of Daniel E. Dawes, JD

During this conference, Daniel E. Dawes, J.D. , will explore the crucial link between mental health and systemic health through the lens of equity and discuss how we can learn from past issues and repair them to achieve mental health equity in the future. As David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, concluded: “There is no health, without mental health .” And there is no health equity without mental health equity.

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s approach to addressing the root causes of social problems, Dr. Dawes will focus on analyzing the fundamental determinants of mental health disparities. This presentation will delve into the complex historical and contemporary reasons behind the rise of mental health problems and racial disparities in mental health and explore ways to ensure mental health equity for everyone in the US.

About Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Daniel E. Dawes, JD, is a health policy and equity expert, educator, and researcher who currently serves as senior vice president and executive director of the Global Public Health Institute at Meharry Medical College. Dawes is also the founding dean of the School of Global Public Health at Meharry Medical College, the first school of public health at a historically black institution.

He previously served as vice president and executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. A pioneer and nationally respected voice in the health equity movement, his scholarship and leadership, particularly the innovative policy determinants of the health framework he pioneered, have resulted in an increase in policies and laws that prioritize health equity.

About the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series

NIMH established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs and to push for theoretical advances in science rather than the continuation of incremental thinking. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of ​​expertise in ways that have moved their fields forward. We encourage debates about the meaning of innovation, creativity, advances and paradigm shifts.

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This event is free, but you must register to attend .


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Closed captioning and a sign language interpreter will be provided for this event.

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