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community forum

This discussion will focus on current issues, strategies, and solutions with emphasis on introducing innovation in mental health programming, interventions, clinical solutions, communications, and technology. We will also highlight successful regional and national campaigns and initiatives to extract best practices and solutions toward meeting the mental health needs of California’s boys and men of color.


Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director
UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Julio Cruz 
Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist 
Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc.

Chet P. Hewitt, President & CEO 
Sierra Health Foundation

Jaymes Hines, President 
Jaymes Hines Ventures

Dr. Michael Houston, LCSW, CEO 
Treatment and Training Consultants

Dr. Aubrey-Pierre Keys 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kristene (K.N.) Smith, Founder & CEO 
Mental Health California

Stephen Nicholas Symes, M.D., FACP 
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion 
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Joining via conference line:

Ms. Kelli Carrington, Director of Communications and Public Liaison
Ms. Shelly Pollard, Outreach Coordinator
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health

Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
University of Michigan, School of Social Work 
Director, Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health Project