APA News & Notes February 2021
This monthly newsletter is prepared by the APA’s Communications Team as a benefit for our District Branches and State Associations. Feel free to share the articles below in your own newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact James Carty at [email protected] or 202-609-7077.
What’s New at the APA
- APA issued an apology for its past support of racism in psychiatry. The apology to Black, Indigenous and People of Color acknowledges past practices and events in psychiatry that contributed to racial inequality and expresses APA’s commitment to developing anti-racist policies that promote equity in mental health for all. You can read the full apology written by the Board of Trustees, as well as accompanying documents here.
- APA issued a statement condemning the violence that took place during the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. APA offered up resources for those impacted by the violence and urged for a peaceful transfer of power. You can read the statement and access the resources for dealing with traumatic events here.
Key Dates and Observances
APA Communications staff maintains a calendar of key dates, observances and events at APA and in the world of mental health in general. The calendar is kept up to date a few months in advance. You can view the calendar and keep track of important mental health dates and observances here.
February Course of the Month – Racism and Climate Change: Impacts on Communities of Color
The devastating impacts of global warming and associated environmental degradation are serious general health and mental health issues. Although all global populations will be affected, the impacts are not equally distributed. Communities of color are among the first and most profoundly impacted and are often the least able to cope, respond and recover. This course will address the connection between the unconscious embedded attitudes about race and current specific ways communities of color are impacted by the changes due to climate disruption.
Structural Racism & Psychiatric Residency Training: Recruitment, Retention, and Development
Monday, Feb. 8, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ET
Join us for a live Town Hall to examine how structural racism affects diversity in the psychiatric workforce. Topics will include the disproportionate number of minority psychiatrists, their experiences in different practice settings, and why having diversity in the psychiatric workforce is important for everyone.
Register Today & Submit Your Questions: https://www.psychiatry.org/townhall
Save the Date: Registration for the 2021 APA Annual Meeting Opens Feb. 2
The premier psychiatry event of the year will be hosted online May 1-3, 2021. This year’s theme is Finding Equity Through Advances in Mind and Brain in Unsettled Times and the educational program will cover the full breadth of psychiatric topics focusing on the most pressing issues facing your practice and patients.
Frequently Asked Questions about Telepsychiatry
In this installment of APA’s Telepsychiatry Blog, Drs. Steven Chan and Krysti Vo tackle some frequently asked questions received by our members about telepsychiatry practice and licensing.
APA Members Can Order PPE Through Project N95 Anytime
Vetted PPE that Project N95 is now available for APA members on an ongoing basis. Purchase PPE from verified suppliers at any time.
APA Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information Hub
With the COVID public health emergency extended through April, APA is continuing to provide support to our members. We are collecting authoritative and timely resources in this information hub. Upcoming webinars, information for your practice, patients, and the public community will be linked here on a continual basis.