Thursday, December 16, 2021

MENTAL HEALTH EQUITY FORUM 5:30 PM | Thursday, January 13, 2022




You are cordially invited to UPO's


5:30 PM | Thursday, January 13, 2022



UPO is committed to improving the lives of the District’s residents. One way is to bring together thought leaders to address major concerns.  


Among the most important is inequity in Mental Health, a problem that has grown during the pandemic. Addressing this crisis is vital to achieving UPO's vision: A city of thriving communities and self-sufficient residents.




Register now to hear our distinguished panel of leaders

for their online discussion: 





Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Dr. Roary is a public health epidemiologist who focuses on infectious and chronic diseases. She is also an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Roary has worked across government, academia, and private industry. Her ultimate goal is to become an influential champion of eliminating health disparities by identifying and implementing data-driven best practices that promote health equity and wellness.







DC Dept. of Behavioral Health


Dr. Bazron manages DC’s recovery-oriented, integrated behavioral health system. Throughout her career, she has used her expertise in strategic planning and organizational development to build systems of care that promote the integration of mental health and addiction services, foster equity with physical health care, and address disparities in health care. She is an early innovator and a published author on cultural competency in behavioral health. 




Professor of Africana Studies

University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, and community institutions. His research focuses on helping children and adults assert themselves during face-to-face microaggressions.



Associate Professor of Health and Social Policy

University of New Mexico


In addition to teaching at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Cacari Stone is senior research fellow with the university’s Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy. She is trusted for her work in moving knowledge about health equity into action in governments, community-based organizations, coalitions, and foundations. Her studies have focused on the role of health and social policies in moderating U.S. health equity.


Please RSVP by Monday, JANUARY 10, 2022





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