Upcoming Events

Feb 2017

Looking Up and Out: Mental Health Reform on Rikers Island

Seminar on Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychiatry and General Medicine 
Speaker: Elizabeth Ford, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, Correctional Health Services and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Acknowledging the challenges faced in providing psychiatric care in the country’s second largest jail, this presentation will describe the ongoing evolution of mental health services on Rikers Island, with particular emphasis on innovative and patient-centered reform for individuals with serious mental illness and the redesign of the mental health service to optimize patient care by increasing teamwork and improving staff morale.

This seminar is sponsored by the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

02/21/2017 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm New York State Psychiatric Institute, Pardes Building Multipurpose Room (#6602)

Course Meeting: Priorities in Global Mental Health

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Instructors: Kathleen Pike, PhD and Tahilia Rebello, PhD
Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrea Marques, Chief, Mental Health Disparities Research, NIMH

Topic: Innovative Models in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Treatments

This course is a collaborative, team-taught course that provides an overview of critical issues in mental health and mental illness worldwide. Around the globe, mental and neurological conditions are the leading cause of disability. These disorders know no political bounds, and the burden of mental disorders on low- and middle-income countries is especially great given the enormous gaps in public understanding and services for mental health. It is estimated that 76% – 85% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries 35%-50% of such individuals never receive care. Historically, the global health agenda has prioritized communicable and non-communicable diseases other than mental health; however, the data now unequivocally and overwhelmingly point to the essential need to make mental health an integral component of the global health agenda. In Priorities in Global Mental Health, through class readings, projects and discussions, students will have the opportunity to learn about essential current issues, discuss innovative collaborations, and critically examine strategic initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of mental illness around the globe.

This graduate-level course is open to matriculated Columbia University students. If you would like more information about attending a session as a guest, please contact the Global Mental Health Program at info@cugmhp.org.

02/22/2017 8:30 am - 11:20 am

Advocacy, the Role of Academic Health Science Faculty in the Public Policy Arena

Lecture 

Ross A. Frommer, the Vice President for Government and Community Affairs (GCA) and Associate Dean and Sandra Harris, Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Affairs will discuss the role and importance of advocacy and community engagement in our academic healthcare center.  They will also provide insights into the critical function and role of GCA within our medical center and how faculty and other CUMC community members can engage and benefit from the services they provide.

Register here (required) 

About the Office of Government and Community Affairs(GCA): 

GCA coordinates information on services and programs available at the Medical Center campus.  The office responds to and engages community stakeholders, local residents and community based providers as they seek to learn more about the various medical center programs, services, events and activities.  We work with various elected officials, medical associations and other organizations to advocate and educate policy makers on areas of interest of our faculty and staff.”

02/22/2017 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 W. 168 St., CTSA Classroom 405 A&B (PH, 10th Floor)

Course Meeting: Mental Health Policy

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Instructor: Kathleen Pike, PhD
Guest Lecture: Harold A. Pincus, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Guest Lecture: Andrea Horvath Marques, MD, MPH, PhD, Chief of Mental Health Disparities Research, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Topic: We Do What We Measure – But How Do We Measure What We Do? Global Mental Health Successes and Lessons Learned

This course will provide an overview of the history of mental health policy in the United States, the nature of mental illness and effective intervention, and the elements of mental health policy. We will discuss the components of the mental health service system, mental health finance, the process of policy making, population-based mental health policies, and mental health in health policy reform. Students are expected to be able to understand the range of mental health illnesses/populations, to explain the concerns about quality, access, and cost of mental health services as well as the workings of policy mechanisms such as financing as they are applied to mental health. They are also expected to understand mental health policy considerations in current health care reform debates.

This graduate-level course is open to matriculated Columbia University students. If you would like more information about attending a session as a guest, please contact the Global Mental Health Program at info@cugmhp.org.

02/23/2017 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm

Dementia and Global Neurology

University Seminar
Speaker: Hiral Shah, MD • Assistant Professor of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center

Hiral ShahDr. Hiral Shah is an assistant professor of neurology at CUMC in the Division of Multispecialty Neurology. Dr. Shah completed her undergraduate at MIT and her medical doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Shah completed her neurology residency at Columbia, serving as chief resident in her final year. Dr. Shah subsequently spent nearly a year at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, working in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse on public health aspects of neurological illnesses. She is currently a Global Mental Health Scholar, and also serves as coordinator for WHO’s project on dementia prioritization and G7 Dementia Research Agenda portfolio analysis. In addition, Dr. Shah is a Global Health and Aging Policy Fellow, with plans to examine best practices surrounding human rights protection for those with cognitive impairment and dementia. Dr. Shah is most interested in learning how to overcome barriers of stigma and discrimination to improve care access for vulnerable individuals who suffer from mental health conditions and neurodegenerative disorders. This includes the assessment of cognition and mental health among those with neuropsychiatric conditions.

02/27/2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Mar 2017

Course Meeting: Priorities in Global Mental Health

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Instructors: Kathleen Pike, PhD and Tahilia Rebello, PhD
Guest Speaker: Dr. Reuben Robbins, Global Mental Health Scholar

Topic: Use of Technology and Global Networks to expand Care, Research, and Training

This course is a collaborative, team-taught course that provides an overview of critical issues in mental health and mental illness worldwide. Around the globe, mental and neurological conditions are the leading cause of disability. These disorders know no political bounds, and the burden of mental disorders on low- and middle-income countries is especially great given the enormous gaps in public understanding and services for mental health. It is estimated that 76% – 85% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries 35%-50% of such individuals never receive care. Historically, the global health agenda has prioritized communicable and non-communicable diseases other than mental health; however, the data now unequivocally and overwhelmingly point to the essential need to make mental health an integral component of the global health agenda. In Priorities in Global Mental Health, through class readings, projects and discussions, students will have the opportunity to learn about essential current issues, discuss innovative collaborations, and critically examine strategic initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of mental illness around the globe.

This graduate-level course is open to matriculated Columbia University students. If you would like more information about attending a session as a guest, please contact the Global Mental Health Program at info@cugmhp.org.

03/01/2017 8:30 am - 11:20 am

Course Meeting: Mental Health Policy

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Instructor: Kathleen Pike, PhD

Topic: In-Class Congressional Briefings

This course will provide an overview of the history of mental health policy in the United States, the nature of mental illness and effective intervention, and the elements of mental health policy. We will discuss the components of the mental health service system, mental health finance, the process of policy making, population-based mental health policies, and mental health in health policy reform. Students are expected to be able to understand the range of mental health illnesses/populations, to explain the concerns about quality, access, and cost of mental health services as well as the workings of policy mechanisms such as financing as they are applied to mental health. They are also expected to understand mental health policy considerations in current health care reform debates.

This graduate-level course is open to matriculated Columbia University students. If you would like more information about attending a session as a guest, please contact the Global Mental Health Program at info@cugmhp.org.

03/02/2017 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm
03/07/2017 8:30 am - 9:45 am 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Course Meeting: Priorities in Global Mental Health

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Instructors: Kathleen Pike, PhD and Tahilia Rebello, PhD

Topic: The Role of the Peer Community in Setting the Agenda and Closing the Gap in Global Mental Health

This course is a collaborative, team-taught course that provides an overview of critical issues in mental health and mental illness worldwide. Around the globe, mental and neurological conditions are the leading cause of disability. These disorders know no political bounds, and the burden of mental disorders on low- and middle-income countries is especially great given the enormous gaps in public understanding and services for mental health. It is estimated that 76% – 85% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries 35%-50% of such individuals never receive care. Historically, the global health agenda has prioritized communicable and non-communicable diseases other than mental health; however, the data now unequivocally and overwhelmingly point to the essential need to make mental health an integral component of the global health agenda. In Priorities in Global Mental Health, through class readings, projects and discussions, students will have the opportunity to learn about essential current issues, discuss innovative collaborations, and critically examine strategic initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of mental illness around the globe.

This graduate-level course is open to matriculated Columbia University students. If you would like more information about attending a session as a guest, please contact the Global Mental Health Program at info@cugmhp.org.

03/08/2017 8:30 am - 11:20 am
03/14/2017 8:30 am - 9:45 am 6th Floor Boardroom (Rm. 6601), NYSPI, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032