STAR Center In Action- April 2017

The STAR Center was in Oklahoma last month and I had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with leaders from peer and family run organizations and coalitions serving communities across Oklahoma. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, we convened a lively full day meeting regarding the level of influence, funding and sustainability of peer and family run organizations in Oklahoma. I had the opportunity to visit with individual leaders and organizations to get to know each other even better, consider opportunities for more specific technical assistance and for collaboration regarding the development of a formal statewide network representing people with lived experience. 

We are scheduled to return in July to continue the process and meet those who weren’t available for this round of meetings and visits.

Pictured above are: (front row, left to right) Matthew Parker, Geri Mullendore, Pamela Toohey, Jill Amos, Donna Woods Bauer, Katherine Carson, (back row, left to right) Michael Horton, Rev. James Greenwood, Staci Willis, George Crooks, Natasha West, Jeff Tallent, Erin Bushong, Max Parker, Chacku Mathai, Heath Hayes

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STAR Center Youth Leadership Spotlight- Joshua Kogut

The STAR Center features young people from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Joshua Kogut from Oakland,CA. Check out their story!

Upcoming STAR Center Virtual Learning Opportunities

Khateria and Gilberto standing together

Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Call

There are many issues faced by people of color that are major stressors impacting our mental health status including the continued disparities in health and mental health outcomes for people of color. Increasing the capacity of leadership in mental health organizations to reach and connect with communities of color is a recognized organizational change strategy.

The STAR Center's monthly national networking call for people of color is for anyone who is interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders. Our hope is that this opportunity to network and support each other’s leadership efforts across the country and in our target states/regions will make a measurable and remarkable difference towards eliminating the health and mental health disparities we currently experience across the country.
 
Register now for our next session on April 26, 2017 from 2-3pm ET/11-12 PT!