First Quarter 2024 Newsletter

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President’s Message
Greetings, Black people! We stand at the threshold of a new year, bearing the scars of a fraught past and facing a challenging present. Dr. June Jackson Christmas, a titan of our field, has transitioned. Our Treasurer, Dr. Ikwunga Wonodi, a remarkable intellect and spirit, just beginning to share his full impact on our field, has also transitioned. Yet, we remain undeterred in our mission of healing and empowerment, striving to honor… Read More

BPA Headed to LA, March 21-24, 2024
The upcoming conference organized by the BPA promises to be an enriching experience, taking place in Los Angeles, California, from March 21 to 24, 2024. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant campuses of UCLA and Drew University’s Departments of Psychiatry, the event’s central theme is “Exploring the Nexus of Community and Mental Health: Space, Place, and Identity.” Notably, the dynamic leadership of Helena Hansen and Denese Shervington, both longstanding members of the BPA, guides the two distinguished departments… Read More

Dr. Iverson Bell, Jr. receives Recognition for Achievements
Dr. Iverson Bell has been recognized for his extensive and exceptional work in the field of psychiatry. He received the Elam Black Psychiatrists of America Lifetime Achievement Award from the Black Psychiatrists of America during the 2023 Transcultural Conference… Read More

Dr. Flanagan receives the HMF Lifetime Achievement Award
On December 1, 2023, Dr. Kathy Flanagan, a long-time member of the BPA, was awarded the Houston Medical Forum 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award for her unwavering commitment to the mission of HMF (local NMA Affiliate chapter) and outstanding achievements and service to the greater Houston community. Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed December 1, 2023, as Dr. Kathy C. Flanagan Day in Houston, Texas, because of her outstanding achievements, unyielding dedication, and transformative contributions that have greatly enhanced the quality of life and healthcare within our city, declaring her an inspiration and a true beacon of service and excellence… Read More

SNMA Attends NMA Cobb Symposium
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the result of a need to support and foster underrepresented medical students, with the end goal of “giving back” to underserved communities. The SNMA has been in existence since 1964. LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans is proud to be part of Region 3 chapter since 1971. In April 2022, SNMA participated in the LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans/NMA Cobb symposium where students had an opportunity to interact and thrilling lectures and Q & A sessions. Additionally, LSU Department of Psychiatry sponsored a mental health research day on August 1, 2023, where SNMA had an opportunity to showcase their work… Read More

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