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April 7, 2016, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Global Mental Health: World Trends Signature Luncheon


333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Speaker: Giuseppe James Raviola, M.D., MPH, James H. Duffee, M.D., MPH

It is estimated that more than 1 billion people have experienced some form of extreme violence, ethnic conflict, torture, rape, terrorism, starvation as well as being victims of natural disasters. The plight of refugees fleeing their homeland or a person living in a war-ravaged community, plus the millions of others who suffer from mental illness are often overlooked as significant components of our world’s health priorities.

In 15 years, depression alone will be the number one cause of disability globally, more than heart disease, cancer, and HIV. Recent statistics from the World Health Organization reveal that 450 million persons suffer from some form of mental disease or brain disorder. Mental illness is still stigmatized in many cultures forcing people to live in denial, frustration and loneliness while being prevented from seeking help when they require it. This global epidemic is just as important here at home in Central Ohio. Many of our local immigrants and refugees have faced violence or extreme poverty in their country of origin leading to increased need for trauma-informed care.

Join us as we discuss these issues with the two experts from the field, Giuseppe Raviola, MD and James Duffee, MD, MPH.

Giuseppe James Raviola, M.D., MPH

Instructor of Psychiatry & Global Health and Social Medicine, Director

Harvard Medical School, Psychiatry Quality Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Raviola is a Board-certified Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist and an instructor in Psychiatry and in Global Health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Medical Director of the Psychiatry Quality Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston.

He has studied and written on child and adolescent mental health concerns, and the mental health and well-being of health care workers. He has published on topics in clinical psychiatry, global mental health implementation, disaster psychiatry, research in ethnography and cultural anthropology, HIV/AIDS, and mental health policy. As an advocate for community and global mental health concerns, he seeks to promote the need for incorporating effective, evidence-based mental health programs within existing community and health care infrastructures.

He works to integrate mental health services into the care provided at Partners In Health sites, supporting local team leaders in Haiti, Rwanda and elsewhere on issues related to mental health care delivery. He oversees clinical, training, and research efforts relating to mental health in collaboration with in-country colleagues.

James H. Duffee, M.D., MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University

Dr. Duffee holds clinical faculty appointments in pediatrics and psychiatry at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Statewide, he is the Chair of the Medical Advisory Council of the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps and serves on the Committee for Children with Disabilities as well as the board of the Ohio AAP Foundation.

He recently left after 14 years his position as founder and Chief Medical Officer of Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield, Ohio. Currently, he is employed part-time as a behavioral pediatrician in a community practice in Springfield while participating in education of pediatricians and child psychiatrists at Dayton Children’s Hospital and serving as policy chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Community Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is one of the lead authors of their recently released Immigrant Health Toolkit.

In addition to his leadership at Rocking Horse Center, he was a founding member of the advisory board and principle medical consultant of the Clark County Child Advocacy Center and helped organize the county’s Child Fatality Review Committee.