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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 1pm to 2pm

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Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health

American Indian and other Indigenous communities exhibit alarming disparities in mental health and associated problems. Despite such needs, advocates and professionals in these settings insist that mainstream clinical interventions are frequently irrelevant and ineffective on cultural grounds. Instead, in the wake of a brutal Euro-American colonization, many American Indians today assert that “our culture is our treatment.” This presentation will review American Indian concerns and critiques of evidence-based practice in community mental health to ensure that researchers, professionals, and providers are prepared to address these challenges when undertaking service delivery within Indigenous communities.


About the Yerby Diversity Lecture

Named in honor of Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health brings distinguished minority scientists and scholars to the Harvard Chan School to speak on important health topics. All lectures are open to the public.

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