Increasing Access to Film Industry - 4:32
Liliane Calfee, DePaul/CHA Documentary Filmmaking for Girls
Posted Aug 22, 2019
In partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, DePaul University delivers a summer intensive documentary filmmaking course providing 16 underserved high school girls with new economic pathways and the tools to share their voices with the world. Through two lenses—the lens of a camera and the lens of their life experiences—students gain technical filmmaking skills and learn the power of their personal narratives. During the paid, six-week program, participants receive training, mentorship, industry talks, and experiential field trips exploring Chicago’s rich arts culture. Working in teams, students create an original documentary, which is screened during a special graduation ceremony. Programming is delivered by award-winning faculty and graduate students at the School of Cinematic Arts, one of the top film schools in national rankings. Several works have earned notable recognition, including Jury Award Winner at the 2018 Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival and Rising Voices Award in the 2017 Windy City International Film Festival.
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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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