PMHW Fall 2020 Newsletter
A quarterly newsletter of the Population Mental Health and Wellbeing ProgramSep 23, 2020
A quarterly newsletter brought to you by the Population Mental Health and Wellbeing (PMHW) Program
This program is ideal for public health professionals seeking to expand their expertise to mental health and wellbeing promotion, service providers seeking a population-level perspective, and those looking to launch a meaningful career in this exciting new field.
The MPH program provides students with a strong foundation in the principles and theories of public health practice and specialized knowledge in the areas of mental health, substance use and wellbeing promotion. Graduates are prepared to bridge the gap between population health and mental health.
PMHW Student Highlights
Meet our PMHW Affiliate Faculty!
Courtney Welton-Mitchell, PhD
How would you describe your research interests?
What types of intervention work do you do in the field of population mental health and wellbeing (PMHW)?
Where do you conduct your research?
How do you ensure your work is community-based and culturally-tailored?
How has your research changed in the context of COVID-19?
We have a few grants under review right now. We are trying to adapt the methodology and content to address COVID-19. For example, we have a grant under review for a multi-country scale-up of the disaster mental health intervention utilized in Haiti and Nepal. We hope to expand to Afghanistan, Burundi, S. Sudan and elsewhere, in partnership with HealthNet TPO. The intervention is a group-based curriculum that can be adapted to different countries, and various cultural and disaster contexts. In light of COVID-19, we are working on adapting content to include pandemics, and methods to accommodate movement restrictions and safety protocols.
I am also affiliated with the Natural Hazards Center out of UC Boulder and participate in a working group focused on risk communication specific to COVID-19. The group just received a Rapid Grant from NSF to examine how variation in state policy and public health messaging strategies impact risk perceptions and behaviors across time in multiple U.S. states.In a related effort, this week I am submitting a grant to examine the relationship between COVID-19 related information seeking and mental health among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the U.S. If funded, we hope this work can be used to inform community-specific risk communication strategies.