Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health – 11/16

Yerby Diversity Lecture FlyerYerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health, Fall 2021

“Challenges to Evidence-based Practice in Indigenous Community Mental Health”

Joseph P. Gone, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University; Faculty Director, Harvard University Native American Program

Tuesday, November 16 | 1-2pm EST via ZoomRegister at

Welcome by Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

Moderated by Victor Lopez-Carmen, MPH, Dakota and Yaqui writer and health advocate; student, Harvard Medical School

American Indian and other Indigenous communities exhibit alarming disparities in mental health and associated problems. Despite such needs, advocates and professionals in these settings insist that mainstream clinical interventions are frequently irrelevant and ineffective on cultural grounds. Instead, in the wake of a brutal Euro-American colonization, many American Indians today assert that “our culture is our treatment.” This presentation will review American Indian concerns and critiques of evidence-based practice in community mental health to ensure that researchers, professionals, and providers are prepared to address these challenges when undertaking service delivery within Indigenous communities.About the Yerby Diversity Lecture

Named in honor of Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health brings distinguished minority scientists and scholars to the Harvard Chan School to speak on important health topics. All lectures are open to the public.