CUNY School of med, Apollo Theater & partners present “Mental Health & the Arts”

The CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) at the City College of New York is partnering with the Apollo Theater and several other groups in a public conversation, “Healing, Joy and Liberation: Mental Health and the Arts,” on Tuesday, March 8, at the famous theater. The event, which will be streamed live and on-demand, will explore the importance of self-care and how the arts can liberate and heal individually and collectively.

“By design, our medical school prioritizes all aspects of community health and never has that mission been more important than over the last two years,” said City College President Dr. Vincent Boudreau. “I am thrilled to be partnering with the iconic Apollo Theater in order to ensure that the reaffirming message of regenerative health spreads widely in our community.”

Carmen Renee Green, MD, Dean of CSOM, highlighted the importance of the event.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected African Americans and other people of color, not only in terms of higher infection, hospitalization and death rates, but also in the context of the parallel pandemic of mental health and stress.

“The CUNY School of Medicine’s focus on eliminating racial health disparities and advancing health equity includes engaging every available platform to reach affected communities where they are and “Healing, Joy and Liberation: Mental Health and the Arts” is an excellent example of this,” she said.

Noel Manyindo, MD, CSOM associate professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health & Social Medicine, is among the speakers.

The night features “Healing from Trauma” with Mara Schiavocampo, creator, co-host & producer of the “Run Tell This” podcast moderating a discussion with Licensed Psychologist Dr. Shaakira Haywood Stewart and Dr. Sidney Hankerson, renowned community mental health expert and Director of Mount Sinai Institute for Health Equity Research. The evening will end with “Joy as Liberation” with L. Joy Williams, creator, host & producer of the “Sunday Civics” radio show and podcast, moderating a discussion with “America’s Psychologist” Dr. Jeff Gardere and Interfaith Minister & Spiritual Life Coach, Rev. Melissa Moorer-Nobles.

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