Before an audience of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) conference attendees from across the country, together with representatives from congressional offices, federal agencies and other organizations, APA members Vickie Mays, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles; Adrienne Stith, PhD, of the Institute of Medicine; and Gayle Porter, PsyD, of the American Institutes for Research, participated in two issue forums hosted by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (DTexas) during this year's CBC Legislative Conference on Sept. 15. As part of the panel on "The health of black women," Mays addressed health disparities from both historical and contemporary contexts, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS. The second panel on "African American children and mental health" included presentations by Stith on suicide in black adolescents and by Porter on black children and the juvenile justice system. APA's Public Policy Office staff organized the successful briefings and, as a result, was requested by Rep. Jackson-Lee to develop a consensus document on the issues.
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