DHMAS: African American Health

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DHMAS: African American Health

March 14, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Child & Family Agency and DMHAS Present:


African American Health


Description: This workshop examines the unique circumstances that impede the successful delivery of health care services to African Americans and approaches to improving the delivery of preventive services to this population. Topics to be explored embrace both physical health care issues and behavioral health care issues and include childhood obesity, diabetes, asthma, environmental risks, and patterns of family behavior. These workshops will highlight the latest research and public health initiatives to promote the health of African Americans.




Dr. Robert Hampton received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in 1988. He did his graduate work in Psychology at University of Toronto, completing his M.A. in 1990 and his Ph.D. in 1995. He continued his training at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Training Fellow from 1996 to 2000 and a Research Fellow from 2000 to 2004.

Brenda Jones Harden, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland College Park. She is a Board Member, ZERO TO THREE and Co-Chair, Committee on Policy and Communications, Society for Research in Child Development. For over 30 years, Dr. Jones Harden has focused on the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, specifically children who have been maltreated, are in the foster care system, or exposed to multiple family risks such as maternal depression, parent substance use, and poverty. She is particularly interested in using this research to inform practice, with respect to preventive interventions to promote positive outcomes for children reared in high-risk circumstances, such as home visitation and Early Head Start. Dr. Jones Harden is currently funded to conduct three studies: 1) an implementation and impact evaluation of an intervention to reduce the toxic stress experienced by children enrolled in Early Head Start; 2) an impact evaluation of a rural home visiting program focused on pre-literacy; and 3) and implementation evaluation of a local Educare program. Dr. Jones Harden is the author/co-author of numerous publications, including the books Infants in Child Welfare: A developmental perspective on policy and practice; Child Welfare and Child Well-Being: new perspectives from the National Survey of Child Adolescent Well-being; and Beyond common sense: Child welfare, child well-being, and the evidence for policy reform. She recently served as the Harris Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota Institute for Child Development. She has served as Fellow for the Society for Research in Child Development Policy Fellow for the Administration for Children & Families, USDHHS; and a Fellow of ZERO TO THREE. 

Rhonda Belue, Ph.D is currently an associate professor in the department of Health Policy and Administration at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to her tenure at Penn State, she worked as a public health practitioner where she developed evaluated health promotion programs for underserved and minority populations. Her current program focuses on the management of chronic physical and mental illness among Black populations in the US and the global south. Her methodological area of interest involves community based research, group based statistical methods and systems science approaches to complex health issues.

Dr. Frieda Hopkins Outlaw is Director, Meharry Youth Wellness Center, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. She brings to this position over 40 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and policy maker in public mental health. For eight years, she was Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Populations and Minority Services and the Chief Nurse for five Regional Mental Health Institutes in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health.  Before that, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. In that role she provided clinical expertise in the delivery of culturally appropriate behavioral health care in an integrated primary health setting, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing community practice.  She has written extensively in the areas of cultural diversity, management of aggression, and the role of religion, spirituality, and the meaning of prayer for people with cancer and most recently in children’s mental health and abuse of alcohol and non-medical use of prescription drugs by the elderly.


Date:  Friday, March 14, 2014

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration:  8:30 a.m.

Place:  Hilton Garden Inn, 85 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, CT  06033  

Phone: 860-659-1025


A light breakfast and lunch are provided without charge.

There is no cost for attending this seminar.


Please register online at www.childandfamilyagency.org (click on Workshops & complete the Registration Form) or email Lori Stanis at stanisl@childandfamilyagency.org

(phone: 860-443-2896 x1400)



Social Work CEU’S have been applied for.


Funding for this seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


March 14, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm