Meharry Medical College, a Historically Black College located in Nashville, Tennessee, has a leading Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences that has been meeting the needs of the Middle Tennessee community for 52 years. Former Meharry President, the late Lloyd C. Elam, M.D., was the founder of the Department in 1961, and the mental health center that bears his name.
Dr. Rahn K. Bailey, Symposium Convener, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences & Executive Director of the Elam Mental Health Center since 2008, and, President of the National Medical Association, proposed the annual symposium to honor the memory and extraordinary contributions of Dr. Elam. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight the faculty and programs of the (1) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and (2) Elam Mental Health Center.
The Summit is co-sponsored by the (1) Treatment Access Project II, a treatment program for the homeless funded by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and (2) SISTER'S Story II--a case management and social services program for low-income, addicted mothers, funded by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
The Summit Goal is to diffuse, dissipate, and disperse black male health disparities, just like a prism that diffuses white light into its variously colored components.
Hence, the Summit Objectives are to build the capacity of health care professionals, educators, and community leaders to refract the (1) historical stigmatization, (2) housing inequalities, (3) family disruptions, (4) educational disparities, (5) environmental toxins,and (6)legal and social justice inequalities that form the substrates for such health disparities, through (7)appropriate education and research, and,(8) health policy changes. Moreover, the Summit endeavors to elucidate specific mental and physical health disparities. Beneficial health education, research, and health policy changes are pivotal to dispersing black male health disparities, and they cannot ensue without an appreciation for the array of the colorfully-diverse roles of these multivariate substrates.
Summit Speakers who will join Dr. Rahn K. Bailey and his Elam Center staff in making presentations include:
1. Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr., Fisk University
2. Dr. Shirley Rainey-Brown, Fisk University
3. Dr. Derek M. Griffith, Vanderbilt University
4. Dr. John Ruffin, Keynote Speaker, National Institutes of Health
5. Dr. Duane T. Smoot, Meharry Medical College
6. Dr. Shahid Ali, Meharry Medical College
7. Dr. Stephen McLeod-Bryant, Meharry Medical College
8. Dr. William D. Richie, Meharry Medical College
9. Dr. Jeffery Menzise, Morgan State University
Friday, May 3, 2013
7:30—8:15 a.m. – Registration, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast
8:15—9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions
9:00—10:00 a.m. –The Historical Significance of Black Male Stigmatization
10:00—10:15 a.m. – B R E A K
10:15—11:15 a.m. – Health Disparities in Male Cancers
10:15a.m. – 12:15 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS –Federal Research Initiatives to Ameliorate Black Male Health Disparities
12:15—12:45 p.m. – B R E A K
12:45—2:00 p.m. -- Elam Mental Health Center 52nd Anniversary Celebratory Luncheon
2:00—3:00 p.m. – PANEL: Black Male Health Disparity Dispersion in Progress at the Elam Center
3:00—4:00 p.m. – Early Detection of Illicit Drug Use in Teenagers
4:00—5:00 p.m. – Family and Housing Ecology Factors in Black Male Health Disparities
5:00—5:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks, Insights, and Directions: Day #1
Saturday, May 4, 2013
8:00—8:45 a.m. – Registration, Exhibits, Continental Breakfast
8:45—9:00 a.m. – Welcome
9:00—10:00 a.m.—To Know Better is to DO Better
10:00—10:30 a.m.—B R E A K
10:30—11:30 a.m.—Black Male Health Disparities and Health Policy Change
11:30—1:00 p.m.—LUNCH, Black Male Opiate Addiction Reduction
1:00—2:00 p.m.—Black Men in America—Lives in Danger
2:00—3:00 p.m.—The Law and Forensic Psychiatry in Black Male Health Disparities
3:00--3:30 p.m.--Summit Outcomes