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Mental Health


  • Explain the social determinants of mental health

  • Describe how mental health concerns impact socioeconomic status, and vise versa 

  • Explore initiatives being used to address challenges in mental health in those without access to regular healthcare (homeless/underinsured)

  • Explore resources available to people to improve mental health/wellness and understand the barriers for individuals accessing these resources 

  • Discuss the stigma associated with mental illness, including the evolution of this stigma to today and the impact of this stigma on individuals and society

  • The impact of a mental health diagnosis on on physical health 

  • Find resources and projects designed to reduce stigma in a country that is not your own

Landmark Papers

These papers are academic studies used to introduce the topic of mental health, the significance of mental health and social determinants of health, and what efforts have been made to treat mental health with respect to SDOH

Theory Burst by Mirella Diaz-Santos PhD

Mirella Díaz-Santos, PhD is a Spanish-English bilingual and bicultural neuropsychologist, and an Assistant Professor In-Residence in the Department of Neurology with a dual appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Díaz-Santos is the director of the, “Equity for Latinx-Hispanic Healthy Aging (ELHA) Lab,” at UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research,  with a focus on prevention, and early detection/diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Latinx communities. 

Genoa Telepsychiatry

We address the importance of telemedicine in the wake of COVID-19, as well as the digital divide that impacts areas with poor internet access. We discuss with Kiran Venkat of Genoa Telepsychiatry about a full tele-psychiatry model: need, scope, implementation, and regulation.

Interactive Cases

Cases developed by: Jai Gandhi MD

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