Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice. I am honored to be President of this organization (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association). As described on the organization’s website, our efforts inform “policy, practice and research regarding issues of behavioral health, social justice and well-being”, and the Global Alliance is “committed to
- Promoting social justice and human rights and reducing disparities in health and social outcomes;
- Emphasizing effective strategies for promotion and prevention of behavioral disorders as well as intervention and treatment;
- Promoting adaptation and positive mental health and well-being;
- Applying principles of social justice to policy formation, community action, systems change, and clinical practice;
- Using a bioecological and social determinants framework (including individuals, families and communities) with multiple levels of analysis and action, across diverse settings and sectors; and
- Focusing on vulnerable populations and marginalized individuals and groups.”
Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA). This division of the American Psychological Association is the primary professional organization for community psychologists (and others who engage in community research and action). As noted on their site, members “are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals.”
Teen Health Connection. Based here in Charlotte, Teen Health Connection works to facilitate their vision of “every adolescent empowered to be healthy, safe and successful.” This unique non-profit healthcare practice provides integrated primary and mental health care services and delivers health education and prevention programs for youth. As part of their programming, they conduct health education and outreach through the practice, at local schools, and via other community settings. I am proud to be on their Board of Directors.
Council for Children’s Rights. Based in Charlotte, the Council’s vision and efforts support “every child’s right to be safe, healthy and well-educated.” Program teams focus on children’s legal representation and defense, individual advocacy (e.g., ,in such contexts as education, child welfare, and mental health), and custody advocacy. They also work to address systems and community issues through research and policy work as well as larger-scale collaborations and partnerships. I recently completed a term on their Board of Directors and have functioned on their research and evaluation committee since 2009, including nearly 8 years as chair of that group.