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April 2024

Cultivating Emotional Wellness and Racial Healing for African American Students


Presenter: Dr. Batsirai Bvunzawabaya

Description: Race-related stress can impact a student’s ability to focus and excel in their academics. Students of color may face experiences such as the imposter phenomenon, microaggressions, and mental health stigma. As practitioners, being aware of these mental health stressors and being equipped with tools to handle these concerns is imperative in cultivating change.

Learning Objectives:

This workshop will provide practitioners with:

a) information on the types of race-related stressors students might encounter,

b) how faculty and staff can support student physical and emotional well-being, and

c) provide best practices for racial healing.

Contact Name: Pamela Lee
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Peer Supporters Professional Development Roundtable Discussion


The African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence will host a professional development roundtable discussion on the implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed practices for Black/African Americans with mental health and substance use conditions.  The session will be held April 9, 2024, from 1:00-2:00pm via Zoom.   The purpose of this listening session is to gather peer supporters that share common professional roles and responsibilities.  This will give the group the opportunities to explore in depth the challenges that people in their professional roles often experience in their efforts to find, implement, and measure the impact of interventions that are effective for this population. 
Roundtable Facilitator:  Mr. Joe Powell, President and CEO | Association of Persons Affected by Addiction 
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Contact Name: Pamela Lee
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March 2024

Principles of Community-Based Behavioral Health Services for AA Criminal Justice Involved Individual


This Evidence Based Practice This Evidence Based Pracitce webinar is dedicated to exploring the principles of community-based behavioral health services tailored to discuss the behavioral health needs of African American individuals involved in the criminal justice system. This webinar aims to shed light on the unique challenges faced by African American communities, particularly those entangled in the criminal justice system and to discuss comprehensive and culturally sensitive approaches to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Presenter: Mr. Monaleto Irby, Office of Professional Development | Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice 


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Contact Name: Pamela Lee
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Substance Use Disorders and HIV in the African American Community: Updates and Trends

3/19/2024 - 3/19/2024

According to the CDC (2023), drug overdose data show troubling trends and widening disparities between different population groups. In just one year, overdose death rates increased 44% for AAs. For example, in 2020, in counties with more income inequality, overdose death rates for AAs were more than two times as high as in counties with less income inequality. Moreover, overdose death rates in older Black men were nearly seven times as high as those in older White men in 2020. (CDC, 2023). In people living with HIV, substance use can hasten disease progression, affect adherence to antiretroviral therapy (HIV medicine), and worsen the overall consequences of HIV (CDC, 2023)

Alarmingly, HIV remains a disproportionate risk to African Americans. Young African American gay and bisexual men account for more new HIV infections than any other group, and HIV affects African American heterosexual women more than women of any other race or ethnicity.

This webinar will provide evidenced-based research findings and rich discussion to raise awareness about substance use disorder, and HIV in this population and provide action steps to help address these frightening trends.  


Trainer: Lawrence Bryant, PhD.

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Contact Name: Pamela Lee
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February 2024

The Collective Power of Black Voices in Healing and Providing Hope to African American Communities