The American Psychiatric Foundation's (APF) annual gala, held on May 19 in
San Diego, accomplished two key goals—it set a fundraising record for
the foundation and honored several initiatives that have advanced minority
mental health, one of the program areas in which APF has provided considerable
funding. It also provided contributors with great food, wine, and music.
APF President Altha Stewart, M.D., noted at the gala that it was on track
to raise about $230,000, an increase of $40,000 over the amount raised at the
2006 gala in Toronto.
One popular fund-raising feature of recent foundation galas is a silent
auction at which attendees bid on trips, gift baskets, and art work.
Dennis Hunt, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Multicultural
Human Services, receives an award on behalf of the program from American
Psychiatric Foundation President Altha Stewart, M.D. The award recognizes the
program's efforts to serve the "complex mental health needs of
vulnerable, low-income immigrants, refugees, and survivors of war and
Credit: David Hathcox
A major part of the evening, which was held at the San Diego Wine and
Culinary Center, was presentation of the APF's annual Awards for Advancing
Minority Mental Health. The following individual and programs were cited this
♦ Henry Acosta, M.S.W., was recognized for his work at the New Jersey
Mental Health Institute, where he has been instrumental in a major increase"
in access to and provision of quality mental health services for
Hispanics through training, educational materials, public-service campaigns,
and policy-development initiatives."
♦ Mt. Sinai Hospital Assertive Community Treatment Team in Toronto was
acknowledged for its "ethno-specific program serving marginalized,
severely, and persistently mentally ill ethnic minority populations."
The program relies on a "cultural-competency" model and matches
patients with clinicians who have similar backgrounds.
♦ Center for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, Va., was
honored for developing a program that addresses "the complex mental
health needs of vulnerable, low-income immigrants, refugees, and survivors of
war and other
♦ Family Health Centers of San Diego was awarded for its extensive
individual and group treatment programs and case management that address the
mental health needs of "uninsured and medically underserved
individuals." The program has 24 service sites and serves more than
100,000 persons annually.
The foundation also inducted Clarence Chou, M.D., of Milwaukee into its
Benjamin Rush Circle, which honors donors who have given at least $10,000 over
their lifetime to the APF. ▪