Friday, August 03, 2012

Wanda's Picks August 3, 2012

V. Diane Woods, Dr. P.H., M.S.N., Founding President, founder & CEO of African American Health Institute-- San Bernardino County, 2006-2012, (909) 880-2600, joins us to talk about the recent release of an unprecedented report which looks at black mental health in the State of California--wellness models & treatment for affected and vulnerable populations, plus empirically driven prevention & education guidelines and support for communities here. This report, released July 17, 2012, is also a resource for African Americans lay persons, as well as clinicians who work with and within the communities targeted in this study.

The need for culturally specific training for those providing services came up Dr. Woods stated, from members of the focus groups in the five region studied.

Dr. Woods academic preparation for this task is certainly impressive. She is currently Assistant Research Psychologist, University of California, Riverside with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from Loma Linda University School of Public Health, a Masters of Science in Administration of Community Health (MSN), from Wright State University, Dayton Ohio. She also has over 40 years experience in health and healthcare administration, clinical management, primary prevention, health promotion and education, public health policy, and community-based participatory research.

There will be community meetings to share the report in each of the five regions. In Northern California, this meeting will be August 9, 2012.


For a copy of the report go to To comment or become a part of the change contact Dr. Ron Chapman, MD, MPH, director and state health officer, California Department of Public Health (916) 558-1700.

To listen to the two hour interview this morning:


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