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Our Partners

At the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, we know that our success will depend on the synergy of wisdom, expertise, and effort within our community of partners, including:

  • The guidance of our mentors at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), our academic home;
  • The scholarship and expertise of the distinguished national voices on our Executive Advisory Board;
  • The knowledge and wisdom of the national constituencies represented on our Black Stakeholders Engagement Council;
  • A host of National Strategic Partners committed to providing subject matter expertise and disseminating our products and services; and
  • The expertise, resources, and collaborative efforts of the many training and technical assistance centers funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).



Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine stands at the forefront of our nation’s efforts to address health disparities on community, national, and global levels. MSM is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and public health professionals, anticipating and responding to the needs of vulnerable communities. MSM is also the home of several world-renowned Centers and Institutes, including:

  • The Center of Excellence on Health Disparities,
  • The Satcher Health Leadership Institute,
  • The Kennedy-Satcher Center for Health Equity, and
  • The National Center for Primary Care.

We at the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence are honored and grateful to be part of this extraordinary institution.

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The Collaborative to Advance Health Services (The Collaborative) located at the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SoNHS) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) The Collaborative is a group of professionals working to advance health and wellness by bringing behavioral health research to practice and by supporting people, organizations and systems through change processes. The Collaborative accomplishes this through a variety of training projects and initiatives in collaboration with local, state and federal partners. Current funding for The Collaborative programs includes federal grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Population Affairs (OPA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Executive Advisory Board (EAB)

The members of our Executive Advisory Board are:

  • Ijeoma Achara-Abrahams, PsyD, President, Achara Consulting, Inc.
  • Lucy Cannon, EdD, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS, Chief Executive Officer LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC
  • H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, DFASAM, Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health, Santa Clara University
  • Arthur Evans, PhD, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice-President, American Psychological Association
  • Nzinga Harrison, MD, Chief Medical Officer/Co-Founder, Eleanor Health
  • Dietra Hawkins, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Rochelle Head-Dunham, MD, Executive Director/Medical Director, Metropolitan Human Services District, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Kisha Holden, PhD, MSCR, Chair in Mental Health/Associate Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute/Adjunct Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Ayana Jordan, MD/PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
  • Dominic H. Mack, MD, MBA Director, National Center for Primary Care/Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC Chief Executive Officer, On the Mark Consulting
  • Sarah Vinson, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Pediatrics/Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Morehouse School of Medicine


SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTA)

Among our most valuable collaborators will be the range of SAMHSA-funded TTA Centers, including the SMI Advisor; the Prevention, Addiction, and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers; the Opioid Response Network; the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication-Assisted Treatment; the Addiction Peer Recovery Technical Assistance Center; the Family Support Technical Assistance Center; and the Service Members, Veterans, and Families TA Center.


Black Stakeholders Engagement Council

We have begun recruiting representatives from national African American organizations, both within and outside the behavioral health field. This group will help us take the pulse of diverse communities, keep our work both relevant and real, and engage in a variety of cross-systems projects.

National Strategic Partners

This growing constituency includes national organizations whose provider membership groups will help us increase our geographical reach, our pool of subject-matter experts, and our opportunities for collaboration.