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“The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward” – Marice Ashe, Mark Hatzenbuehler

The Adler School social media team is blogging with updates and reaction throughout the next two days (Sept. 19-2o) from “The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward” in Chicago, hosted by the Adler School Institute on Social Exclusion.  Posts are written by attendees, each summarizing speakers, presentations and observations from the conference.  Follow more conversation on Twitter (#ISE2012).

Marice Ashe, J.D., M.P.H. [Founder and CEO of ChangeLab Solutions, Oakland, California]  focused on how current examples of how legislative frameworks are shaping social determinants’ work. Using laws, public policy and cross-professional collaboration, there is progress being made.

Ashe asked what would happen if there was improved access to healthcare. Quality of health care goes up?  In her discussion “What’s Law Got To Do with It?” Ashe discussed laws and policies that create the social structures in which health behavior occurs.

There was a special emphasis on the needs of traditional disenfranchised and under-resourced communities not receiving the proper care under certain laws that directly affect the overall mental health of communities and society.

Mark Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D. [Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University, New York, New York] has researched how structural forms of stigma increase risk for adverse mental health outcomes among members of socially disadvantaged populations, with particular focus on lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals.

His research and work within the LGB community is helping develop evidence-based policies and structural interventions that improve the health and wellbeing of members of socially disadvantaged groups

- YeVette Harris, Adler School of Professional Psychology

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