Depression takes a toll on entire communities, especially in lower income neighborhoods. The UCLA Center for Health Services and Society (a research center for the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior) and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are helping find ways to reduce that burden.
UCLA has joined with Santa Monica think tank RAND and 95 community-based agencies to form Community Partners in Care (CPIC), a five-year collaborative research project that aims to reduce the burden depression places on people in underserved communities. They are also committed to helping improve depression care in primary care, mental health, substance abuse, homeless, faith-based and community-trusted settings.
Once the research is completed, the information will be offered to the community through workshops. CPIC's goals include determining how to improve access to quality depression care through community-based organizations, bridging the gap in depression care in underserved communities, and trying to improve access for depression care, particularly in low-income minority populations throughout South Los Angeles and the Hollywood/Metro area.
For more information, go to www.communitypartnersincare.org.