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Q & A Group Consultation Forum: Barriers to prevention, barriers to treatment, barriers to thrive
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When: Sunday, May 31, 2020
3 - 5 PM
Where: Virtual Event
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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OPA invites you to attend a virtual Q & A Group Consultation Forum...
Barriers to prevention, barriers to treatment, barriers to thrive: The experience as a Black American during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Time: 3 - 5 PM

Important Notes:

  • This is a FREE online event for OPA members only.
  • This session will be recorded and available on our website.
  • This event does not offer CE.

Program Description:

Barriers to prevention, barriers to treatment, barriers to thrive: The experience as a Black American during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A forum to discuss reasons why Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with more fatal consequences, including the way they are able to protect themselves, prevent infection, and obtain treatment if infected. A discussion on how we as healthcare providers can educate ourselves on what’s happening around the country and discuss ways to mitigate the barriers in Ohio and beyond.

Key Objectives

  • Address commonly asked questions about why more Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 compared to other racial groups.
  • Identify and discuss race-related stressors and other social determinants of health that make COVID-19 more fatal for Black Americans.
  • Address questions about Black American’s ability to adhere to stay-in-place orders and mask recommendations.
  • Provide education regarding historical stereotypes and the increased risk of racial profiling that inform one’s decision to wear a mask in public. 

Meet the Speakers:

Elizabeth Harris, PhD is a licensed psychologist and senior clinical instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.  Her special interests include sociocultural and systemic stressors, ADHD, co-morbid anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders and parent-child relationships. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo, a master’s in psychology and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Walden University. She completed her psychology training at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, University Hospitals Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in a Cleveland Westside-based private practice. She was recognized for an excellent non-empirical poster submission at the 2013 Cleveland Psychological Association graduate poster session and she was the winner of the 2015 Ohio Psychological Association Convention graduate student poster session.   Her research was published in the July 2015 edition of the Ohio Psychologist.
Dr. Kia-Rai Prewitt
graduated with her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Chicago where her dissertation focused on non-academic variables impacting the academic success of African American students attending predominantly white institutions.  She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in African American studies and Human Relations from the University of Iowa and her masters degree in counseling psychology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.  Dr. Prewitt has spent most of her career working with diverse communities in and around Chicago as well as Northeast Ohio.  As Director for Mayor Daley’s 22nd District YouthNet on the south side of Chicago, she collaborated with local community based organizations to provide out of school programming for children and youth living in underserved communities.  As an Educator for University of Illinois Extension in Cook County, Dr. Prewitt worked with diverse populations in communities and schools providing access to youth development programs and early college preparation for underrepresented college populations.  Currently, Dr. Prewitt is a clinical psychologist specializing in family services for the V.A. Northeast Ohio Healthcare System where she is a member of the psychology service diversity committee and regularly presents on topics related to race, providing culturally competent care to veterans, and integrating cultural competence in supervision.

Instructions to Join the Online Forum:

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email that includes instructions on how to join the online assembly.

We highly recommend, if possible, that you sign-on to the assembly with either your computer, tablet or smartphone; so that, you can be seen as well as see both the presenter and other participants. This is not required, and you are welcome to call in on a phone as well.