Mental Health Care: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities

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Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS
CEO, Galen Mental Health, BrightQuest and Galen Hope Programs
Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and International Association of Eating Disorders
Joint Commission Advisory Committee Member, Miami, FL
Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS is the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Clinical Officer of Within Health and the CEO and co-founder of Galen Hope and BrightQuest programs operating through Galen Mental Health. She is a board-certified psychiatrist and world-leading expert on treating eating disorders with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She has developed five separate treatment programs all grounded in a strong bio-psycho-social foundation and incorporating intensive psychotherapy with behavioral foundations and high medical standards. Dr. Oliver-Pyatt is known for her innovative, humane, and dignity-enhancing approach to medically and psychiatrically thorough care. She has developed a unique treatment approach that delves into the underlying issues that place a person at risk for mental health conditions and eating disorders, leading to healing, health, and inner peace.

Dr. Oliver-Pyatt received her specialty training at New York University-NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and has held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and University of Nevada School of Medicine where she first developed her passion as a mentor and educator. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, has served on the Joint Commission’s Advisory Committee, and has received U.S. Senatorial Recognition for her commitment to the mental health treatment community.

Described by colleagues as warm and wise, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt matches her comprehensive training with an unwavering belief in compassionate and scientifically sound treatment.

Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Chair of Psychiatry, Institute of Living
Chief of Psychiatry, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Sukhera comes to Hartford HealthCare from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, where he held various clinical and academic leadership roles.

Dr. Sukhera graduated from the University of Toronto and Ben-Gurion University and completed his residency and child/adolescent fellowship training at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his PhD in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands. He is an internationally recognized health professions education researcher. His research program explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals, and he has also been involved in advocacy and cross-sectoral work in education, policing, and community services. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and Deputy Editor of Perspectives on Medical Education.

Statement of Need

Despite an increased focus on mental health and treatments available, disparities in care based on ethnic/racial differences still occur. For example, it is estimated that of Black adults who need mental health care, only one in three actually receive it.1 The care that is received, however, may still represent bias and misdiagnosis as Black men are four times as likely than white men to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.2 Therefore, the need to address ethnic/racial disparities in mental health care only begins with equal access, and must also include culturally sensitive and equitable treatments.

This CMEO BriefCase will discuss the mental health care challenges of a 28-year-old Black male, with a history of schizophrenia and previous failed attempts at treatment. Expert faculty will discuss common barriers faced by ethnic/racially diverse patients, including mistrust and stigmas that come from family and community members and disparities that health care professionals need to address. Culturally equitable treatments will be discussed in the context of the case.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the impact of health inequities on mental health care.
  • Individualize a holistic treatment plan for mental health care to improve patient outcomes.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, and pharmacists, specializing in psychiatry, emergency medicine, or primary care

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Dr. Peek reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Oliver-Pyatt reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Sukhera reports no financial relationships to disclose.

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:

  • Marlon (Tony) Graham, MD (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockard (planning committee)
  • Mary Gleason, PhD (planning committee)
  • Kellie Busby, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Mental Health Care: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities
Event Date: 01/25/2023 at 5:00 am EST