Dr. Norman Sartorius visits CSEPH & University of Michigan

This past week we were excited to welcome Dr. Norman Sartorius to CSEPH and to the University of Michigan! Dr. Sartorius is currently the President of the International Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programs, and is the former director of the Division of Mental Health at the World Health Organization. He is also a mentor for our MIWI program, or the Michigan Integrative Well-being and Inequality Training Program, which took place earlier this week.

During his visit, Dr. Sartorius gave a lecture to CSEPH titled “On the Future of Medicine and Psychiatry” that took a deep dive into major social and economic trends affecting the practice of medicine and psychiatry now and in the future. Throughout this presentation, he highlighted the importance of strengthening and supporting community health and caregiving.

Overall, Dr. Sartorius teaches and reminds us of the importance of empathy and humanism in the practice of medicine, psychiatry, and public health. He especially emphasizes the role of teaching and mentorship in both research and clinical education settings as a way to center empathy and respect for the person or patient. It was a pleasure to meet and discuss with Dr. Sartorius and we were happy to welcome him to the University of Michigan!

Dr. Norman Sartorius (center) pictured with folks from GREMAP

Recent GREMAP Events & Achievements

It was a busy month of April for GREMAP! Here are some recent updates on achievements of our staff and students:

Dr. Weidi Qin visited Ann Arbor to attend her graduation ceremony to celebrate her work and achievements at the university. This fall, Weidi will be transitioning from her role as a postdoc working with us and the folks at the Institute for Social Research to a faculty position at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. Congratulations Weidi!

Left: Weidi with Dr. Mezuk at the ceremony. Right: Weidi with Dr. Mezuk (left), Linh Dang (center left), and Lily Johns (right)

Also, GREMAP Students Bella Flores and Pragya Choudhary presented their work at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Symposium this April. Bella and Pragya have been a part of the Diabetes and Mental Health Initiative (DMH) team this year and presented their UROP posters on their work on the 3-D Study of Self-Management and Mental Health: Diabetes, Distress, and Disparities. Congratulations to Bella and Pragya for this achievement!

Pragya (left) and Bella (center) pictured with their UROP posters and with Dr. Meuzk (right).

New Article by GREMAP Student Emma Spring

We are excited to share GREMAP student Emma Spring’s recent article in in-Training, a collaborative, peer-reviewed publication for medical students. The article, Sensing The Emergency Department, is a reflective and heartfelt piece about Emma’s experience working in an emergency department. You can read the full article here.

Congratulations to Eskira Kahsay on a recent award from the Journal of Adolescent Health

We are excited to announce that Eskira Kahsay’s article “The Association Between John Henryism and Depression and Suicidal Ideation Among African-American and Caribbean Black Adolescents in the United States” has been chosen as one of the “Distinguished Dozen: 2022 Journal of Adolescent Health Articles Making Distinguished Contributions to Adolescent and Young Adult Health”. This award is designed to amplify important contributions to the field of adolescent health published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Congratulations Eskira!

You can read more about Eskira’s article and the other articles selected here.

GREMAP participation in the V International Conference of the Equilibrium of the World

We’re happy to share that Alejandro Rodríguez-Putnam, a member of our staff, recently participated in the V International Conference for World Balance, in Havana, Cuba this January. Alejandro presented research co-authored by him, titled “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Community Health Centers in Puerto Rico During 2020”. 

With 82 countries in attendance, the conference was a significant gathering of international experts, sponsored by organizations such as UNESCO, the José Martí World Solidarity Project, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, and many others. If you’d like to learn more about his experience or the conference itself, reach out to Alejandro at arputnam@umich.edu

Congratulations to GREMAP alumnus Josh Montgomery!

This month GREMAP alumnus Josh Montgomery graduated from Shenandoah University with his degree as a Physician Assistant and received his “white coat”! Josh has been part of GREMAP since his post-bachelorette days with the PREP program at VCU and was integral to our partnership with the Richmond YMCA. We are so incredibly proud of his ongoing achievements!

Dr. Mezuk awarded distinguished MICHR Mentor Award

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Mezuk was awarded the 2022 Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award yesterday! It was great to celebrate Dr. Mezuk and her continued dedication to mentorship.

At the ceremony, Dr. Mezuk was introduced with words from Dr. Viktoryia Kalesnikava (pictured bottom center), who nominated her for this award along with Linh Dang and Eskira Kahsay. Dr. Mezuk then spoke and shared her thoughts on the value of being a mentor (pictured bottom right).