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Monday June 24th, 2019
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In this issue:
  • Events
  • Events in the local community
  • Events beyond the Greater Boston Area
  • Impact Story of the Week
  • Send us yours!
  • Global Mental Health in the Media
  • Refugee Mental Health
  • Survey Participation
  • Task Sharing and Improving Depression Treatments in India: ESSENCE
  • Opportunities
Global Mental Health Events in the Local Community
Tuesday July 2, 2019, 8:00-9:00am (followed by coffee hour from 9-10am)
Bornstein Family Amphitheater, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 45 Francis St., Boston
Dr. Renee Salas, lead author on the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief, and Bill Ravanesi, Senior Director of the Green Building & Energy Program at Health Care Without Harm, will join Dr. Peter Wayne, Interim Director for the Osher Center, for this special installment of the Osher Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds. Topics will cover the key public health impacts of climate change and opportunities for Greater Boston, the carbon footprint of hospitals and the leadership role the healthcare industry can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change, and the role of integrative medicine in building health resilience and supporting behavior change relevant to low-carbon health care and well-being.
Three Short Presentations, Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A 
Presenters: Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS, Harvard Global Health Institute; Bill Ravanesi, MA, MPH, Health Care Without Harm; Peter Wayne, PhD, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at BWH/HMS.
Global Mental Health Events beyond the Greater Boston area
We have readers all over the world, please email us any events, webinars, conferences that are local for you and we'd be happy to promote them with our community!
Impact Story of the Week
We want to promote your work! Send us information about your project, a staff or faculty member, or a recent research study and we would love to consider it for an upcoming newsletter!

Global Mental Health in the Media
Featured in The Guardian on Thursday June 20th 2019

Check out this story, one of a series written as part of the Refugee Journalism Project which supports displaced and migrant media professionals to build their careers in the UK. This is an initiative based at London College of Communication and delivered in collaboration with The Guardian Foundation. It is funded by Open Society Foundations.

(Thanks for the tip Jaime Mchunu, Center Administrator for the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness!)
Entering the UK as a refugee
Illustration: Nick Marcenaro Torres
Survey Participation
( E nabling translation of S cience to S ervice to E nhance depressio N C ar E

Professor Vikram Patel and Dr. John Naslund of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School with colleagues at Sangath are leading an important project to develop a brief online measure of non-specialist health worker competence for delivering evidence-based psychological treatments for depression in primary care facilities in low-resource settings in India.  

As part of this work, their team is conducting a short survey to test and refine the different items that may be included as part of the measure.  With this survey, we are reaching out to clinicians, students, health workers, and those not in health care fields who have both had training or who do not have any training in delivering psychological treatments for depression.  It is important that we have a mix of individuals who are familiar with delivering psychological depression treatments and those who are not at all familiar to answer the survey questions. 

We would be very grateful if you would be willing to answer these questions. We would also be delighted if you would be willing to share our survey within your network and with other colleagues, students or others who may be interested. Thank you for your help. Any questions please reach out to ESSENCE Research Assistant, Juliana Lynn Restivo .

Consider joining a mental health research study at the National Institute of Mental Health and help researchers transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. Learn more here.
The Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto Canada   
Dr. Daisy Singla a clinical psychologist (C. Psych) at Sinai Health System and the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, and a global health researcher will be conducting a Pragmatic Clinical Study funded by the Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Together with a team of renown investigators and stakeholders, the study aims to conduct a large, multi‐site trial across Toronto, Chapel Hill and Chicago, which will examine scalable models to improve evidence‐based psychological treatments for perinatal depression and anxiety. This project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) . The following positions are open to work on the project team:
The Research Associate will be working on two projects: 1: Poverty reduction, mental health, young people & 2: Mental wellbeing in ageing urban populations. Full time until 2021. Apply by July 17th.
MGH Global Health, position based in Mbarara, Uganda
The Project Coordinator will work on an international research study with researchers at MGH Global Health as well as with research team members and collaborators in Mbarara, Uganda. This position is ideal for someone intending to pursue further study in epidemiology, global health research, medicine, psychology, or public health. Questions - reach out to Dr. Alex Tsai, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, MGH
The Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital are seeking a full-time Research Data Manager to work on four dynamic research projects: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project, Early Institutionalization Intervention Impact Project, the Bangladesh Early Adversity Neuroimaging Project, and the Emotion Project. Three of the projects, each conducted overseas, investigate the effects of early adversity and one, conducted in lab, examines the development of emotion processing and anxiety. See link for more details.
Contributes to the maintenance and further development of Médecins Sans Frontières in the field of mental health care integrated into medical activities according to the Operational Plan and the Department’s policy
The Department of Mental Health of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with experience and dedication to public health approaches to behavioral and mental health. Particular disciplines of high priority include psychiatric or neurological epidemiology, prevention science, quantitative methods, and mental health services or policy. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is the only department dedicated to mental health in a school of public health in the country. We enjoy strong connections to each of the other departments within the Bloomberg School of Public Health (SPH) and across the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Under the direction of Dr. Charles Nelson, the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience is seeking a project coordinator to implement and administer the day-to-day operations and functions of a large, multi-site project conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The coordinator will be based in Boston and will work closely with research staff in the US and Bangladesh on oversight of experiments, coordination between sites, maintenance of data quality, and planning of study activities. See link for more details.
The Senior Program Associate reports to the Associate Director for Global and Liberia Mental Health Program. The position works with the Associate Director in the design, implementation and evaluation/operational research specifically related to Global MH activities. 
The Massachusetts General Hospital Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. The Center provides consultation to women regarding the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy and treatment for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. The Center also treats women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder and menopause related mood and anxiety disorders. 
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