#57: Integrating Mental Health Into All Else

Getting improved mental health outcomes requires better integrating mental health into our other systems, from education to justice. This week’s guest, Dr. Patrice A. Harris, has been a champion in incorporating mental health and the social determinants of health into other elements of society.

“We can’t have good overall health without good mental health. We can’t have good overall health unless we begin to address some of these social drivers of health.” – Dr. Harris

Dr. Patrice A. Harris is the co-founder and CEO of eMed, which combines the most authoritative and inexpensive in-home test kits with the largest real-time network of certified remote proctors. She is board-certified in psychiatry and has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health director and patient advocate. In 2018, Dr. Harris was elected as the 174th President of the American Medical Association, the first African-American woman to ever hold the position.

Dr. Harris’ life is marked by her passion to improve the lives of children and communities around her, especially communities of color. She is a recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, and integrating public health, behavioral health and primary care services. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership.

Upon completion of her term as President of the AMA, Dr. Harris has continued in private practice. She regularly consults with public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in health policy. She is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Psychiatry, an

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Patrice A. Harris on integrating mental health into all else.

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