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Association News
Minority-Oriented Programs Awarded for Achievements
Psychiatric News
Volume 42 Number 13 page 8-8

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.

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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 trauma." 

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 year:

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 trauma."FIG1

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. ▪

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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 trauma." 

Credit: David Hathcox

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