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COVID-19 and contextual adaptations to Community-based psychosocial interventions for trauma-Impacted communities

The Implementation Science Collaborative launched the first webinar in its MHPSS series entitled: Accelerating Evidence to Use in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Policy and Programming.” This webinar series is supported by the HEARD Project, managed by University Research Co., LLC. and co-hosted by the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Center for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH), and East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC).

The webinar featured a discussion on the use of pilot and formative research in the design and adaptation of community-based psychosocial interventions, especially in response to COVID-19. It highlighted case studies of promising approaches, lessons learned, best practices, and expert panel perspectives from the work of Heartland Alliance InternationalHIAS, and War Child in Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, and Jordan.

Speakers and Panelists

Claire Greene, PhD
Assistant Professor
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Felicity Brown, PhD
Senior Researcher – Middle East
War Child Holland

Leah James, PhD
Global MHPSS Technical Adviser
Heartland Alliance International 

Carolina Vega-Legarda, MD
MHPSS Research Program Coordinator

Juan Fernando Botero-Garcia, PhD
Research Manager
Heartland Alliance International

Michel Rattner-Castro, MSc
Research Manager
Universidad de los Andes

Victoria Ngo, PhD
CUNY SPH Center for Innovation in Mental Health

Paul Bolton, MBBS
MHPSS Coordinator
United States Agency for International Development