Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis
Dr. Kimya Nuru Dennis is a community advocate, sociologist and criminologist, educator, and researcher specializing in community outreach, community-patient advocacy, changing school curriculum and course materials, and changing the teaching, training, policies, and evaluative actions for medical and health students and medical and health professionals.
Day 1 Session 1A: Ways to Prepare Black People for Mental Health Services and Physical Health Services
There is constant need to increase preventive measures and reduction measures to mental illness and physical illness for Black individuals and resources reinforced in Black families, Black communities, and Black organizations. Most mental health and physical health education programs, trainings, organizations, facilities, and services use false race neutrality and false race objectivity in materials, policies, and practices. False neutrality and false objectivity are based in white dominance, men dominance, able-health dominance, cisgender dominance, heterosexual dominance, and other power disparities in demographic and cultural identities and experiences. Power disparities shape appointment scheduling, appointment interactions, prescribing drugs, BMI, DSM, non-holistic approaches, and other correlates of lower community outreach and lower patient advocacy. This remains prevalent when medical and health academic programs, organizations, and facilities increase Black students and increase Black medical and health professionals whose presence does not change decision makers, curriculum, materials, policies, and behaviors. It is, therefore, necessary to prepare Black people with various backgrounds for health approaches and informative appointments with medical and health professionals.
ClinicianFest By The Numbers
ClinicianFest is a 503c organization. Proceeds from ClinicianFest are used to fund the co-pays of those in need of mental health services but unable to afford such services in their entirety. We partner with over 216 vendors, agencies, private practitioners, and community support programs to support aid in communities with scarce mental healthcare access and resources. To date, we have assisted over 1100 clients in getting the care and aid they need on their journey.