Unifying Immigrant Families For Youth Suicide Prevention Summit


Unifying Immigrant Families for Youth Suicide Prevention (UNIFYSP) is a multidisciplinary mixed-methods study funded in 2018 by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to address suicide in the Latinx immigrant community.

The UNIFY-SP Summit is a meeting of researchers, community stakeholders, clinicians, and policymakers addressing questions in different domains of study on suicide and suicidal behavior in Latinx youth, with a focus on Latinx youth in immigrant families given the changing immigration policy climate.

Goal: a meeting to build a multidisciplinary collaboration to consensus on an urgent and achievable agenda to reduce suicide in the Latinx immigrant population

Date: May 8th, 2019  8 am – 4:30 pm

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Anne Baetjer conference room

615 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD 21205

Send inquiries to unifysummit@jhu.edu

The Summit is co-sponsored by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Centro SOL.

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8AM-8:30AM Registration and Welcome Remarks

Michele Spencer, Associate Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative; Associate Scientist, Department of Health Policy and Management


Luis H. Zayas, PhD, Dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, The University of Texas at Austin

9:30AM – 9:45AM Break

9:45AM - 10:15AM Project findings

Kiara Alvarez, PhD, Research Scientist, Disparities Research Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Rheanna Platt, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University/Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

10:15AM – 10:45AM TESTIMONIAL – The power of community conversations

Community member voice on the importance of this work (Q&A panel or individual stories)

10:45AM – 11:00AM Break

11:00am – 12:00pm Implementation Presentation

Rosa Gil, DSWLife is Precious™, President and CEO, Comunilife, Inc

12:00-12:45pm Lunch

Networking session


Quantitative Research/”Big Data”

  • Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH, Director Health Equity Research Lab and the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research; Cambridge Health Alliance and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • Nicholas Carson, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

Intervention Research

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Co-Director Center of School Mental Health

Implementation + Evaluation

  • Rosa Gil, DSW, Life is Precious™, President and CEO, Comunilife, Inc

Policy and Advocacy

  • Katherine Klosek, Director of Applied Research, Center for Government Excellence (GovEx)

  • George Escobar, Chief of Programs and Services, CASA

Community Involvement

  • Peter Steinberg, LCSW, Healthy Minds Fairfax’s Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative Manager

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm  GROUP DISCUSSION

Report back on roundtable discussions - “Join the Stakeholder Network for Suicide Prevention”: needs, gaps, and next steps

4:00pm – 4:30pm CLOSING REMARKS

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