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Reaching Policymakers in MHPS S Evidence Translation and Service Integration

The Implementation Science Collaborative’s MHPSS Webinar Series advances evidence-to-use priorities to inform policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries. This webinar series is supported by the Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (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).

This webinar, Reaching Policymakers in MHPSS Evidence Translation and Service Integration, featured a discussion around the uptake of evidence-based MHPSS interventions and recommendations. It focused on examples from Africa, highlighting current policy directions and lessons learned from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Depression and Primary Care Partnership for Effectiveness-Implementation Research Project (SMART-DAPPER). A panel representing diverse stakeholder perspectives provided remarks on how we can accelerate the translation of evidence into more effective policies and programs for MHPSS.

Speakers and Panelists

Dumsani Njobo Mamba
Mental Health Technical Officer, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Florence Kamanyonza Baingana, MD, MBChB
Regional Advisor, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Grace Obalim, MS
MHPSS Advisor, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Uganda

Julie Grier-Villatte, MLit, MSc
Director, Office of Education, Youth, and Child Development, USAID Uganda

Susan Meffert, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)