The CCTS is proud to present the next CEI Perspectives event, which will be held virtually on Thursday, May 31, 2023 from 10AM-12PM. This thought-provoking discussion will focus on mental health equity. 

All of society benefits when people from underrepresented and marginalized groups have access to mental health care, supportive social conditions and access to resources needed for healthy living. We all have a role to play in promoting mental health equity. Join us for a virtual event to support Mental Health Awareness Month with a panel of experts exploring ways to improve health outcomes by raising awareness, sharing resources and collaborating for impactful solutions.
Through presentations and discussion facilitated by a panel of esteemed experts, this event will provide a platform for diverse perspectives on mental health equity issues as well as potential solutions. Register now so you don't miss out!

We are grateful to host the following individuals to lead this important discussion:

Moderator - Frannie Horn JD, EdS, ALC, NCC Director of Research Development | Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) | University of Alabama at Birmingham
Frannie Horn is a higher education professional, attorney and therapist with over 25 years of experience working with a variety of constituencies.  In her current role in research development, Frannie connects researchers with funding and other developmental opportunities and supports UAB’s pursuit of large interdisciplinary grants.  Prior to joining UAB, Frannie served as a Public Defender and a Sr. Trial Referee in Jefferson County, in addition to positions in student affairs and in the non-profit sector.  Frannie has a private therapy practice and holds an advanced certificate in Marriage, Family and Couples therapy.   

Kimberly G. Boswell, Commissioner, the Alabama Department of Mental Health
Kimberly Boswell is a highly experienced professional in the field of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities counseling, with over 36 years of experience. During her distinguished career, she has held several prestigious positions within the Department, including Chief of Staff, Associate Commissioner for Administration, and Director of Human Resources. She earned her Master of Social Work from the Florida State University College of Social Work in 1984, with a specialization in planning and program evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Nadia Richardson, PhD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Black Women’s Mental Health Institute
Dr. Richardson is a leading expert in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) with over two decades of experience in delivering powerful educational programs, advocating for mental health awareness, and training corporations, public agencies, non-profit organizations and higher education institutions to create more culturally competent, inclusive environments. Dr. Richardson has a Ph.D. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Masters in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University. She is a certified diversity practitioner and has been featured in local, national and international outlets including The Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, US News & World Report, South Asian Magazine for Action & Reflection (SAMAR) and National Public Radio (NPR).

Griena Knight Davis, Ed.D, LPC, BC-TMH, BCC, Clinical Counselor at Catholic Family Services | Board Certified Coach and LPC at I CARE Wellness Services, LLC
Griena Knight Davis is a counselor and consultant with extensive experience in the field of higher education. Griena's expertise lies in creating courses, workshops, providing counseling to students, preparing proposals for fundraising, analyzing programs, and raising corporate, government, and foundation funds, as well as developing programs for service learning

Kady Abbott, Clinical Director, Fellowship House of Birmingham
Kady Abbott is a nationally certified and licensed counselor supervisor, based in Birmingham, with over two decades of professional experience in the fields of addiction, mental health and general wellbeing. She currently provides counseling services and makes use of her expertise in leadership training, counselor development, impaired professionals guidance, co-occurring/substance use disorders treatment and general wellness.

Zack McClain, LMSW, Therapist and Life Coach, Brother Let's TalkTM
Zack McClain has extensive experience working with individuals from difficult backgrounds. He has been a Humanities instructor, a direct support professional for children with severe behavioral issues, and a mentor to students within the Birmingham City School system. Zack earned a bachelor's degree in African American Studies from UAB and a Master’s in Social Work.

Mark your calendars and register here! We look forward to seeing you online on May 31st for this important dialogue.

Written by Robert Brown, May 19, 2023.