HEAT: Health Equity Action Time
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.
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:
Learn from community, medical, and policy experts
Deepen individual and collective commitment to improving health equity
Increase knowledge and awareness and build skills
Gather information and contribute to enacting promising solutions
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, MD, Maggie 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 Trust, Mark 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 Health, Lisa 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.
Cassandra Vega, Project Manager
UCSF Center for Child and Community Health