Black History Month: Leaders in Behavioral Healthcare, Mental Wellness, Advocacy
February is Black History Month. Throughout the month, we will share stories to honor the important contributions made by African Americans in the field of behavioral health, mental wellness, and the reduction of stigma through science, discovery, art, and spoken word.
February 2, 2021: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Member Jackie Badgette shares the major impact recently made by Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett.
February 9, 2021: Recovery Resources Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Member Michael Vucek shares the impact artist Kirsty Latoya has on the world. She uses her art to address the complexities of mental health in the black community, often channeling her own hurt and sadness into her work to create art people can relate to on an emotional level.
February 16, 2021: Recovery Resources Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council member Carmen Maldonado continues our Black History Spotlight Series by sharing the accomplishments and successes of Vice Admiral Jerome Adams. Dr. Adams, named Surgeon General in 2017, quickly became one of the most publicly visible members of the Coronavirus Task Force. In 2018, he declared the opioid crisis as a public health emergency and continues to advocate for the use of naloxone.
February 23, 2021: Recovery Resources Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council member Nick Ramirez closes out our Black History Spotlight Series with Grammy award-winning musical artist Jay-Z for his influence as a spokesperson and advocate for mental health awareness.