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ACMA 2021 National Conference attendees receive access to an exclusive recorded webinar presented by Dr. Vikram Patel. During the webinar, Dr. Patel discusses the mental health care implications of the pandemic, reviews the innovative approaches to enhance access to quality care and examines how these approaches can be scaled to reduce mental health disparities. Earn 1 Ethic CE for session. Register for the ACMA 2021 National Conference to receive access to this webinar recording!
Reimagining Mental Health Care 
Meet the Presenter 

Vikram Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School.
He is a professor of global health and social medicine and a psychiatrist whose work over the past two decades has focused on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries.

He holds honorary professorships at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the Public Health Foundation of India, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (where he co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in 2008). He is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008, received the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016, and was awarded the John Dirk Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health in 2019.

Dr. Patel is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on several WHO expert and Government of India committees, including the WHO High Level Independent Commission for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health. Based in Goa for much of the year, Vikram is part of a policy group that's developing India's first national mental health policy.

He's the co-founder of Sangath, a local NGO dedicated to mental health and family wellbeing. In London, he co-directs the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. And he led the efforts to set up the Movement for Global Mental Health, a network that supports mental health care as a basic human right.



Vikram Patel

MBBS, PhD Professor, Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA


The pandemic has led to an economic downturn and associated increase in the prevalence of mental health problems globally and considerably worsened the pre-existing crisis of unmet need for care. Dr. Vikram Patel argues this presents a historic opportunity to reimagine mental health care, by scaling interventions designed to improve the access, quality, and person-centered features of care. At the heart of these interventions is the need to embrace the diversity of experiences associated with mental health problems and the strategies and opportunities needed to help people recover.

Key examples of such interventions, which are backed by evidence from both high and low resource global settings, include the “task-sharing” of evidence-based brief psychosocial interventions to front-line providers and community members; the deployment of digital platforms for training, quality assurance and self-help; the empowerment of people with the lived experience to support one another with the goal of eliminating coercion in mental health care; and the integration of mental health care with strategies for addressing their social determinants.  

Learning Objectives
1.  Discuss the mental health care implications of the pandemic.
2.  Review the innovative approaches to enhance access to quality care in diverse settings.
3.  Examine how these approaches can be scaled up in the US to reduce mental health disparities.

This program offers 1 CE

Please Note: This program is Not Applicable for ASWB-ACE CE Credit. 

ACMA is an Approved Continuing Education Provider through the following. 

Nursing Continuing Education:
•    California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP 17441)
•    Florida Board of Nursing (Provider #50-3523)

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•    Florida Board of Social Work (Provider #50-3523)
•    Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Sponsor #159-00
Maryland Board of Social Work (Authorized Sponsor of Category 1 credit hours)
•    Minnesota Board of Social Work (Sponsor #CEP-443)
•    New York State Education Department State Board (Sponsor #SW-0486)

The Program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886621095-9226) for 1 continuing education contact hours. 


This exclusive webinar is for ACMA 2021 National Conference conference attendees only.
Access to the Zoom webinar recording will be sent to all ACMA 2021 National Conference attendees via email.