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HEAT: Health Equity Action Time 2022

Focus on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
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In response to the deepening mental health crisis, the UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Center for Child and Community Health launched Health Equity Action Time (HEAT) in 2021.

HEAT is a dedicated multidisciplinary forum for child and adolescent providers, community organizations, policy leaders, health system partners, and advocates to come together and drive meaningful change.

We are united by a shared commitment to promoting health equity. Participants of HEAT will come together to learn, connect and advocate for child and adolescent mental and behavioral health and well-being. 

Series Details
Please join us for a 3-part interactive, virtual series as we come together as a community to foster learning, connection, and concrete action to strengthen the system of care for children and adolescents and improve their well-being and mental health outcomes.

Over this 3-part series, we will:  

  1. Learn from community, medical, and policy experts

  1. Deepen individual and collective commitment to improving health equity   

  1. Increase knowledge and awareness and build skills   

  1. Gather information and contribute to enacting promising solutions   

  1. Outline a path for taking concrete action steps moving forward 

Session 1: Critical Reflection and a Shared Path Forward

The first session of the series will create space for critical dialogue and provide a landscape analysis to better understand the current state of what happens to children and adolescents with mental health needs across UCSF sites and services.  

Featured Speakers: Local youth, Anda Kuo, MD, Dayna Long, MD, Amy Whittle, MD, Joan Jeung, MD, MPH, MS, Kate Margolis, PhD, Saun-Toy Trotter, MFT, Nooshin Razani, MD, MPH, Petra Steinbuchel, MD, Sabrina Fernandez, MDMaggie Del Cid, PhD, MS, Melanie Moore, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Oakland Thrives, Palak Shah, BA, Consultant, Oakland Thrives

Heat Session 1 video recording

HEAT Session 1 Slides.pdf

Session 2: An Unprecedented Reform Landscape in California and What It Means for Bay Area Children and Families 

Building upon the landscaping and mental health service map detailed in session one, in this session we will have the opportunity to meet with leaders who are re-envisioning California’s systems of care and take a deep dive into unprecedented State reform around behavioral and mental health.  

Featured Speakers: Alex Briscoe, MA, Principal, California Children’s TrustMark Ghaly, MD, MPH, Secretary, California Health & Human Services, Melanie Moore, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Oakland Thrives, Thomas Insel, MD, Former Director, National Institute of Mental HealthLisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, Chief of Psychiatry and Vice Chair at ZSFG/UCSF

HEAT Session 2 Video Recording

HEAT Session 2 Slides.pdf

 Session 3: Moving from Promise to Practice: Roadmap for the Future

In previous sessions, we described the local and State-level landscape of services to support the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents and have shared opportunities and barriers to a re-imagined system of care. In the third session, we will consolidate what we have learned and identify the concrete steps we must take as providers, policy and system leaders, and advocates to create a shared roadmap to improve the mental and behavioral health and well-being of children and families. 

Featured Speakers: Matt Cook, MBAGeorge Weiss, MHARaphael Hirsch, MDBryan King, MD, MBA

heat session 3 video recording 

HEAT Session 3 Slides.pdf


Contact Information:
Cassandra Vega, Project Manager 
UCSF Center for Child and Community Health
[email protected]  

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