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Lunch and Learn: Community-Led Approaches to Mental Health
February 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Community health workers and peer support specialists have long served as advocates for mental wellness amongst diverse populations; and through a deep understanding of their communities and lived experience of mental distress, these community organizers have the potential to foster preventative mental health care and to connect those in distress to appropriate resources across Texas. This lecture will explore the role of 1115 Transformation Waiver/DSRIP funded programs in developing the groundwork for lay experts to advance community-based initiatives improving mental wellness for all Texans.
Bring your lunch, we provide the drinks.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Erica Fletcher, Ph.D.
Erica Fletcher is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Houston’s Honors College and serves as Program Director for Honors in Community Health, a service-learning organization for pre-health students. In this role, she trains undergraduate students and community members from public housing to become Community Health Workers, a certification granted through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Her current research focuses on Houston’s public mental health care system and interdisciplinary collaborations within the health professions. She also teaches introductory courses in cultural anthropology, qualitative research, public health, and social medicine.
A Phi Kappa Phi Majorie Schoch Fellow and Presidential Scholar at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Erica completed her doctorate in social medicine at the Institute for Medical Humanities and graduated in August 2015. Her dissertation “Mad Together in Technogenic Times: A Multi-Sited Ethnography of The Icarus Project” details her time conducting ethnographic fieldwork with those diagnosed with mental illness in North Carolina, New York, and online. With support from the Jeane B. Kempner Fellowship, she studied the work of peer support specialists and lay counselors to provide mental health care to diverse populations.