Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental health struggles. The collective trauma of COVID-19 has exasperated our country’s mental health crisis. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and co-hosts, Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection, and Mathew Portell, director of communities, will speak with guests about the science, support, education, advocacy, and policies focused on mental health in this country. They will also examine the history of mental health response in this country.
The first guest for this month-long series is Robert Sege, MD, Ph.D. and professor of pediatrics and medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Community-engaged Medicine, and is a core faculty member of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Sege is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, is part of the Leadership Action Team for Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood Team, and serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America.
The recipient of the the 2019 Ray E. Helfer Award from the Alliance of Children’s Trusts and the American Academy of Pediatrics among other national awards for his work, Sege has served on national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as the lead author on several important AAP policies.
Sege advocates using an evidence-based approach, with parent-centered interventions recognizing the strengths and stamina that families bring to raising their children, and then developing practical approaches that improve the systems that support them. Sege has led teams that developed a new model for primary care for infants in low-income communities (DULCE) and a new framework for working with children and families, Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE), detailed and chronicled a community on PACEs Connection.
Sege's extensive speaking and publication list includes contributions to the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment and youth violence. He is a graduate of Yale College, and received his PhD in Biology from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School. Sege lives in the Boston area, where he and his wife Karen have raised three young adult children.
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