In 2007, the TMHEMN (formerly known as the Texas Regional Mental Health Minority Mentor Network) became a regional extension of the American Psychiatric Association's National Minority Fellowship Programs. The APA's Office of Minority and National Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center-Houston originally joined in this collaborative effort. Subsequently, the network expanded to include The University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio and Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Goals and Objectives
- Create educational, mentoring and career opportunities for mental health trainees and or faculty who are members of under-served or under-represented ethnic groups
- Support programming that assists with the elimination of mental health and other health disparities
- Promote the acquisition of cultural competency in all areas of medical education and mental health training: medical school, psychiatry and psychology training, and continuing education for psychiatry and psychology
TMHEMN has supported the development and implementation of cultural competence education (CCE) in a variety of domains: didactics for medical students, psychiatry and pediatric residents and mental health professionals. CCE has been conducted in numerous venues and in association with national and international organizations including the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Academic Psychiatry, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Black Psychiatrists of America, and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.
Mental Health Outreach Projects
TMHEMN members have developed and participated in numerous community outreach programs. The various mental health screenings have occurred in homeless shelters, community settings and within communities of faith to increase access and reduce stigma in underserved populations.
TMHEMN senior mentor leaders have provided career advising to trainees and junior faculty members. Network projects have been fostered by mentorship and include such scholarly activities as submissions to international, national and regional conferences, scientific journal manuscript submissions, assistance with grant writing, etc.
Please contact Jennifer O. Bogwu at Jennifer.O'Neil@bcm.edu with any questions regarding TMHEMN.