Defining the AAPI Community - 5:26
Part 1 of The State of the AAPI Community Round Table Discussion
Posted May 12, 2017
The Asian-American and Pacific Islander community is growing faster than any other ethnic group in the United States. And with migration being a key driver of that growth, the AAPI community has the greatest proportion of immigrants of any U.S. ethnicity. Using a familiar stereotype - the "model minority" myth - as a starting point, the panel digs into the true AAPI story, covering this population's struggles with unemployment, access to education, language barriers, and poverty - and poses ideas and solutions that can help advance the community forward. Part one of this five-part series?kicks off with a candid discussion on the many communities that comprise the AAPI population. Host Ellee Pai Hong?leads a groundbreaking roundtable discussion with AAPI community leaders: Christopher Kang, National Director of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. Seema Agnani, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. Click here to continue to part two of this five-part series.
Hosted by: Ellee Pai Hong Produced by: National Newsmakers Team

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Digital Mental Health Initiative

The UI Center on Depression and Resilience has launched a new innovative artificial intelligence (AI) and technology based treatment initiative, creating a digital based mental health safety net, to address Illinois' mental health crisis, and treat suicide risk factors. The UICDR has developed numerous digital tools, apps and inventions to reduce mental health disparities and offers these cutting-edge products to the public. This pioneering concept potentially can serve as a blueprint for the cost-effective integration of AI and technology to give greater access to mental health resources to poverty stricken areas and combat the growing national mental health crisis. This initiative is the “Digital Mental Health Initiative” (DMHI). The DMHI is a collaborative, transdisciplinary group of scientist, researchers, engineers and physicians working across 19 labs in at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Psychiatry Department to improve equitable access to mental health treatment with innovative smart, connected technology. The DMHI employs cutting-edge research to develop evidence-based digital tools and other technology based mental health treatments, which have already effectively treated thousands of patients. 1.5 million people in Illinois live with serious mental illness. According to the most recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide in Illinois has risen 23 percent, and is now ranked as the 11th leading cause of death in the state. The prevalence of depression in Illinois has increased, as it has globally, catapulting depression to the number one cause of disability worldwide.

This crisis has come at a staggering cost; estimates place the economic cost of untreated depression/behavioral health in the state to be more than 1.4 billion dollars a year.

Lack of access to treatment, and inefficient models of care, lie at the heart of this crisis. These numbers are a sobering reminder that we as a society have not adequately addressed the core reasons nor put forth the proper solutions to confront this health crisis, and necessitated the creation of UI Center on Depression and Resilience “Digital Mental Health Initiative” (DMHI).

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