The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) is a compassionate community of individuals and organizations dedicated to informing policy, practice and research concerning behavioral health, social justice, and well-being.

Meet us in Chicago! 

Award WinnersThe Society for Community Research and Action's (SCRA) 17th Biennial is being hosted by National Louis University from June 26th-29th, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.The Global Alliance is again partnering with SCRA to sponsor a track at the Biennial. We are excited about the presentations that will be apart of our track, including presentations by our 2019 award winners. Marion Langer Award recipient, Barbara Malak-Minkiewicz, will draw from her personal experiences to discuss "professionalism in unprofessional times". Karina Walters is the 2019 recipient of the Max Hayman Award and will be presenting on historical trauma and health disparities. Jillian Fish, student recipient of Vera Paster Award, will draw from the Native American Digital Storytelling Project to present a reconceptualized ecological systems model that situates culture and history as proximal influences of development. See more details about presentations that are a part of the GA Track here. Join us on Thursday, June 27th at the Silversmith Hotel for a reception honoring our 2019 award winners! Follow this link to register for the reception.

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In this Issue

Highlights from the Latest AJO
Volume 89, Issue 4  

Special Section: Effecting Social Change Across Contexts: Needs and Mechanisms

Ryan P. Kilmer and Jill D. McLeigh, Editors

Special Section: Cultural Adaptation of Mental Health Interventions for Americans of East Asian Descent

Hyeouk Chris Hahm and Miwa Yasui, Editors

and more.....


Catching up with our Members

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Cynthia Taylor Handrup, president-elect, was elected to the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Foundation Board at their recently concluded annual meeting!  Congrats Cynthia!

Members of the Global Alliance's Global Mental Health Task Force will present a session, Global Mental Health:  Meeting the Challenges from the Lancet Commission, at the 2019 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in Chicago, June 26-29.  

Members of the Global Alliance's Human Trafficking Task Force will present a session, Multisectoral Reflections on a Primary Prevention Framework for Child Trafficking:  A Roundtable Discussion, at the 2019 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in Chicago, June 26-29.   

President-Elect Cynthia Handrup, Secretary Edilma Yearwood, and Member Sara Horton-Deutsch will present a session, Finding our Collective Voice:  Morally Informed Action for the Promotion of Global Mental Health, at the 2019 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC, May 29-June 1.     

Deborah Klein Walker, past president of the Global Alliance, attended the World Federation of Public Health Associations meeting in Geneva from May 18-21.
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 Check out our most recent policy resolutions! 

We've been busy this summer, working on five new policy resolutions. Make sure you take a look and let us know if you'd like to join with us in our work on Immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, or Global Mental Health. #GAinAction #ThinkAboutPolicy

 What are we concerned about…?


…. the impact of family separation on refugee health and well-being.

In a recent American Journal of Orthopsychiatry article, Miller and colleagues (2018) found that family separation was a particularly distressing aspect of individuals’ resettlement experience and significantly contributed to mental health problems among refugees. Many refugees in the US are children who have experienced trauma in their home countries, during their travel to the US, and upon arrival in the US. Notably, a significant trauma experienced by many of these youth, especially more recently in the US, is that of being separated from parents and family. Policies that facilitate family reunification and efforts to ameliorate the mental health consequences of family separation and trauma are key in promoting the mental health and well-being of immigrant and refugee groups. #GAinAction

Read more about the Miller et al., (2018) article here and in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Check out Global Alliance Board Member, Deborah Klein Walker’s National Academy of Medicine blog post to learn about the importance of strengthening mental health support for refugee children. Interested in joining our Immigrant and Refugee Task Force? Email us at [email protected].