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Draft Agenda

Milken Institute School of Public Health
George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Sponsored by:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Grand Challenges Canada

Time Event
7:30 am


8:30–9:00 am
Convening Center


Bruce Cuthbert, National Institute of Mental Health, USA
Peter A. Singer, Grand Challenges Canada
Karlee Silver, Grand Challenges Canada
Pamela Collins, National Institute of Mental Health, USA

9:00–10:00 am
Convening Center

PLENARY - Maintaining Momentum: Sustaining the Case for Mental Health

This panel will explore policy, funding, and research opportunities for sustaining momentum in global mental health care and discuss how to prioritize next steps.

Janice Cooper, Carter Centre, Liberia

Shekhar Saxena, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Peter Yaro, BasicNeeds, Ghana
Helen Herrman, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Florence Baingana, Makerere University, Uganda
Charlene Sunkel, SA Federation for Mental Health, South Africa
Tedla W. Giorgis, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia

10:00–10:20 am
Convening Center Corridor


10:20 am–12:00 pm
Convening Center

Optimizing Mental Health Service Delivery: The Science of Implementation

This panel will discuss effective care delivery models and lessons learned that are generalizable to other settings and those that are site-specific..

Graham Thornicroft, Kings College London, UK

Crick Lund, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Victoria Ngo, RAND Corporation, USA
Atif Rahman, University of Liverpool, UK
Usman Hamdani, Human Development Research Foundation, Pakistan
Susan Meffert, University of California San Francisco, USA

Alan Leshner, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sheila Ndyanabangi, Ministry of Health, Uganda

12:00–1:15 pm
Convening Center Corridor


Convening Center

Ensuring Equitable Access and Outcomes: Interventions for Diverse Populations

This panel will explore challenges that specific population subgroups face in gaining access to and benefitting from mental health care, and how to overcome them.

Eliot Sorel, George Washington University, USA

Stanley Kutcher, Dalhousie University, Canada
Atalay Alem, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Paul Bolton, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Kamala Easwaran, The Banyan, India
Jeanne Miranda, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Olayinka Omigbodun, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Stacy Rasmus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA  

Case Study Room 700A

Mental Health Innovation in the Americas: Closing the Treatment Gap

In this panel, policy makers will discuss their mental health objectives and challenges and innovators will demonstrate how they are addressing these challenges.

Dévora Kestel

Yuri Licinio Cutipé Cárdenas, Ministry of Health, Peru
Paulo Menezes, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Andres Herrera, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Leon
Anne Marie Chomat, Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá, Guatemala

3:00–3:20 pm
Convening Center Corridor


3:20–5:20 pm


Lecture Hall

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) Community Workshop: Preparing for Impact at Scale
This panel will showcase the GCC Global Mental Health program. Innovators will share their successes in overcoming structural barriers to increase access to mental health care and will share their plans for sustainability and scale up in small-group discussion.

Ellen Morgan, Grand Challenges Canada

Shane Green, Grand Challenges Canada
Tita Ang-angco, Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Canada/Philippines
Hildegarde Mukasakindi, Partners in Health, Rwanda
Stephanie Smith, Partners in Health, Rwanda

Case Study Room

Generating and Sustaining Global Mental Health Researchers Worldwide

These roundtable discussions will focus on the successes and challenges of creating expert global mental health researchers and building regional research capacity worldwide.

LeShawndra Price, National Institute of Mental Health, USA

3:20–4:20 pm Roundtable #1
Milton Wainberg, Columbia University, USA
Judith Bass, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Harvard Medical School, USA
Kerim Munir, Harvard Medical School, USA

4:20–5:20 pm Roundtable #2
Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Gail Wyatt, University of California Los Angeles, USA
David Henderson, Boston Univ. Medical School, Boston Medical Center, USA

Lecture Hall

Extending Human Resources through Task-shifting: What We Have Learned about Sustaining High Quality Care
These interactive discussions will focus on quality of care and task-shifting.

Moderator: Jurgen Unutzer, University of Washington, USA

3:20–4:20 pm Maintaining quality in mental health service delivery
Giuseppe Raviola, Partners in Health, Harvard Medical School, USA
Sean Mayberry, StrongMinds, USA
Laura Murray, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Joyce Kingori, BasicNeeds Kenya
David Ndetei, Africa Mental Health Foundation, Kenya

4:20–5:20 pm Novel interventions using local community human resources: sustainability and integration
Soumitra Pathare, India Law Society, India
Theresa Betancourt, Harvard University, USA
Oye Gureje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Yeates Conwell, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA

5:30–6:00 pm
Convening Center

CLOSING: Action Steps for Moving Forward