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Episode #355 Mental Health Awareness, Conversations With Communities

On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


While mental health awareness is always relevant, it is a major focus in May. This episode includes the conversation from our recent Public Health Roundtable on the topic of mental health awareness in the public health arena. Join us as Dr. Huntley, Dr. McClamroch, LaShonda Richardson, MPH, and Ericka Horne, MPH, share their personal and professional perspectives on the importance of proper mental health support. Our guests share insights from their experiences and observations from their work in education and public health to explore how mental health is communicated within various communities. Touching on the power of vulnerability to eradicate stigma, our guests share how they have embraced telling their own stories in the hope of empowering others and unpack how they approach public health while championing mental health. Tune in today to hear all this and more.


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Conversation Highlights


  • Examples of the type of support offered by Dr. Huntley

  • The Public Health Roundtable that this episode is based on

  • Introducing LaShonda Richardson and her work as Founder of Emerge Public Health and Community Development

  • Kristi McClamroch, PhD, MPH, a Public Health Entrepreneur, shares about the book she is writing on the transmission of intergenerational trauma

  • Ericka Horne, MPH, CHES®, CEO introduces herself to listeners

  • This question this episode answers: how are we discussing mental health on a community level?

  • How the choice to be vulnerable helps to eradicate stigma

  • LaShonda’s approach to talking about mental health on a community level

  • Kristi’s experience of sharing her plans to tell her family’s story with her mother

  • Ericka’s approach to meeting people where they are in public health education

  • Doing public health with a mental health lens

  • Food for thought from Ericka: how are you looking after your own mental health while you serve others?



“If we’re going to continue to break the stigma around mental health in our communities, we have to normalize the conversations around mental health.” — Ericka Horne

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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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