PI-GRO engages critical leadership at multicultural conference

PI-GRO staff provided government relations updates to psychologists attending the 2011 National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Seattle, Washington. In addition to distributing a PI-GRO Update on 2010 advocacy accomplishments on cross-cutting multicultural policy issues, staff discussed likely developments during the 112th Congress which will impact multicultural psychology and the full range of public interest topics highlighted throughout the conference. During a meeting with the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI), PI-GRO discussed continuing efforts to support key ethnic minority psychology training programs such as the Minority Fellowship Program and the Indians Into Psychology program, along with recent efforts to bolster Indian Health Service mental and behavioral health programs. PI-GRO also met with the Division 44 Executive Committee to consider opportunities for addressing health issues of importance to the committee, including eliminating LGBT health disparities, health care reform implementation, and the impact of reductions in discretionary spending, which are expected to be adopted in the current Congress. Information about the upcoming PsycAdvocates Day to be held in conjunction with the APA 2011 Convention in Washington, D.C. was also made available to conference attendees.