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Mental Health in Communities of Color: Economic Implications and Policy Solutions

May 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:15 am EDT

Mental Health in Communities of Color Event

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in partnership with Comunilife, is sponsoring an event on the pandemic’s impact on mental health in communities of color, including the correlation between depression and anxiety and economic factors such as lost income. This event is part of a broader body of work the New York Fed is undertaking on the economic drivers of health and wellbeing. Nearly $1 trillion is spent annually in the U.S. on chronic health conditions that stem from poverty and structural disparities. Preventing these chronic conditions would have broad economic benefits. Full agenda.


  • Rosa M. Gil, Founder, President & CEO, Comunilife, Inc., and Deputy Chair of the New York Fed Board of Directors moderator
  • Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., NYS State Commissioner of Mental Health 
  • Theresa Torres, Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Olivier Armantier, AVP Research Economist from the Federal Reserve
  • Nirmita Panchal, Senior Policy Analyst of the Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Sherry Glied, dean of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU
  • Adam Brown, associate professor of clinical psychology and vice provost for research, The New School.
  • Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, founder of the AAKOMA Project.

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