2024 African American Behavioral Health Conference

2024 African American Behavioral Health Conference

Date: July 25-26, 2024.

Location: Fawcett Center.  2400 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the OSU Office of Outreach and Engagement, the conference will engage scholars and practitioners in conversation regarding the latest research and clinical practices to support the African American community in Ohio.


Below is the schedule for the conference!

July 25th

 Franklin/Hamilton (50/80)Hancock (50/80)Clinton (100)

Delaware Room (30) - Utilized for Healing Spaces


9:15 - 10:45 am
Liban Bule; Culturally Competent Mental Health Professionals: Sub-Saharan Nations
Mental Health & Addiction Services
Cassandra Archie; Here Us Now - Black Families of Children With Special NeedsJulie Radlauer Doerfloer; Equitable Advancement of Support for Everyone (E.A.S.E.) 


11:00 - 12:15 pmJeremy Grant & Erika Pugh; Addressing Alzheimer's Disease and Promoting Brain Health in Black CommunitiesChante Meadows; The Intersecting Crisis of Black Mental Health, Racial Trauma, and COVID-19: Lessons from Black CliniciansBrandi Baker & Amanda Flowers; Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding the Challenges, Needs, & Barriers of Communities of Color in Appalachia when accessing the healthcare system

Lunch - Keynote - Dr. Barbara Warren; Using Resilience to Enhance the Quality of Mental Health

2:00 - 3:15 pmAngela Neal Barnett; Spirit of Motherhood: A multi-generational approach to treating perinatal PTSDJanet Thode & Mohammed Abdullah Mahmood; Gambling Disorder and African AmericansNAMI FC Faith link - Faith-Based Partnerships: Bridging the Gap in Addiction Treatment for African Americans


3:30 - 4:15 pm

      Healing Circles

July 26th 

 Franklin/Hamilton (50/80)Hancock (50/80)Clinton (100) - (Sessions throughout the day will cover COVID-19 related topics)Delaware Room (30) - utilized for Healing Spaces
9:15 - 10:45 amMaryan Dualle; New African Immigrant Experience with Behavioral Health and Barriers to service UtilizationDawson/CPH panel: COVID -19 Session Angela DawsonJoanne Lunceford; Race, Cognition, and Behavior: Deconstructing Race, Disrupting Racism, and Dismantling Racial Inequality 


11:00 -12:15 pmStephen Vinson; How I make it through: an exploratory study of the experiences of Black High School Males in a Predominantly White CommunityRachel Muredzwa & Loretta Craddock; Addressing Unconscious Bias in ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorder Diagnosis Among Ethnic and Racial Minority YouthLois Stepney, Amanda Klein Cox, Nancy Yates; Training Graduate Students to Work with African American Clients at the Intersections of Culturally Responsive Care and Social Justice

Lunch - Keynote; (12:45-1:45 for keynote)

2: 00 - 3:15 pmCassandra Archie; Here Us Now - Black Families of Children With Special NeedsHareem Ali; Disproportionate COVID-19 vaccine uptake rates among Black Americans in OhioJoy King; A Call to Action: Thinking Outside of the Box when Assessing African American Teen Males


3:30 - 4:15 pm 


Registration for the conference is now open!

To register please follow this link