“Mental health is health,” says C3EN Pilot Awardee Rachel Boutté. “There is no way to separate mental health from physical health because they’re connected in the same way that all of us have a brain that is connected to a body.”
When I started my career, community-based participatory research was new, and my mentors were concerned that my research approach with community partners would not work. But it did! Together with my community partners, we generated useful research results that influenced programs, policies, and lives.
On September 20, 2023, C3EN held its second annual meeting at the UIC medical district Marriott Hotel, convening over 70 community partners and researchers over a half day of presentations, breakout groups, and a poster session.
C3EN researcher Neda Laiteerapong pioneers efforts to improve screening for mental health issues through online screening tools; new study in partnership with Melissa Duplantis, chief behavioral health officer of Chicago Family Health Centers, funded to screen for PTSD on Chicago’s south side
C3EN is delighted to announce that Activity and Recreation in Communities for Health (ARCH), led by Brad Appelhans, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and C3EN Investigator Development Core co-director, in partnership with Paris Thomas, executive director of Equal Hope, a Chicago not-for-profit organization focused on eliminating health inequities, has received funding from NIH to study a novel approach to reducing depressive symptoms and lowering cardiometabolic risk.
There’s a variety of reasons why Asian Americans have been too invisible. Some of it is that the data are not collected or, or that granular data that divides Asians across different subgroups often are not collected. Some of it is being treated as the other, always being a perpetual foreigner, or even as the model minority myth—it’s another way of making invisible the heterogeneity within the Asian population.