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Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of School-aged Children and Adolescents

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Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH is the Director of Clinical Training for TEAM UP for Children. She is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist whose public health and clinical roles have always been in underserved and under-resourced communities. She is dedicated to health equity and advocacy for equitable mental health treatment globally and locally. Her research focuses on workforce development that reflects underrepresented groups, training and education for both the pediatric workforce and mental health professionals. Dr. Durham practices clinically at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is the Training Director for the BMC general psychiatry residency program and the Associate Director for the BMC Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities. She received her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, completed her residency training at BMC and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA. Prior to completing her medical education, she worked as the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She is involved at the state and national level in the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to improve the standard of care for children and adolescents.

Dana Rubin, MD, is a board certified pediatrician and child psychiatrist. She attended Medical School at the University of Illinois, graduating from the Medical Scholars Program where she received a joint degree in Social Work and Medicine. Interested in community health care, Dr. Rubin began her residency at Boston Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics, with her primary care clinic placement at DotHouse Health. After completing Pediatrics, she was chosen for the Pollin Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, providing training and supervision in helping children and families cope with chronic illness. This one year fellowship lead her to apply for psychiatry training Massachusetss Mental Health Center, now part of the Longwood Training Program at Harvard. Since that time, she has practiced primary care pediatrics and child psychiatry at DotHouse Health and at Boston Medical Center. She teaches in the Departments of Psychiatry and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and supervises residents and fellows. She is one of the Champions for TeamUP at DotHouse Health.

Genevieve Daftary, MD, MPH, is the Pediatric Medical Director at Codman Square Health Center.  She is also Codman’s Medical Director for School and Early Learning Partnerships and Clinical Champion for Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration.  After Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where she focused on Family and Community Health, she completed residency and a chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Dr. Daftary joined the Codman team as part of the inaugural class of Kraft Fellows in Community Health Leadership in 2012. She is interested in intersections between health and education, the promotion of family resilience through trauma informed care, and particularly enjoys finding ways to support adolescents and young adults as they assume roles of leadership and advocacy in the community. Her clinical areas of interest include newborns, behavioral health, obesity, and developmental challenges. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is currently serving as the District 1 Representative for the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAP.

Hannah Carey, LCSW, is a Behavioral Health Consultant for Pediatrics at Codman Square Health Center. Hannah obtained her degree in Psychology at the University of Connecticut and Masters in Social Work from Simmons University. Prior to working at the health center, she worked as a clinician supporting individuals and families who had experienced trauma and domestic violence. In her current role she supports children and families in an integrated behavioral health setting.

Chanelle Thomas is a Dorchester native, who has 15 years of experience in customer service. She graduated from the Jeremiah E. Burke High school in Dorchester, MA.  Chanelle is currently employed by Codman Square Health Center as a Family Partner.  She started her career working in healthcare 6 years ago after being in a workforce development program for low-income women called Project Hope in Roxbury, Massachusetts. There she received her certificate in Health Care Administration. Currently Chanelle is “Newly” freshman at Quincy College where she is achieving her AA in Human services.

Grant Pike is an LCSW who holds a Master of Social Work from Simmons University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from UMASS Amherst.  He has over 7 years counseling and clinical experience working with at risk communities in various clinical settings including community mental health and residential care.  He has worked in LGBT youth empowerment for 20 years.  He has presented at conferences on LGBTQ topics at various national conferences.  His passion to support youth is reflected in his work and the current work within the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center. 

Linda E. Doran is the Youth Program Coordinator for the South Boston Community Health Center’s Youth Ambassadors Program.  Since 2005, the program has partnered youth, ages twelve to eighteen, with caring adults from the neighborhoods of South Boston and Dorchester. Linda has a lifelong commitment to the youth of Boston, having previously served as the Director of Educational Programs for Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.

Linda was honored by Governor Charles Baker as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 Class of Unsung Heroes for her outstanding contributions to her community of South Boston, particularly on the lives of young people in the Youth Ambassadors program.

Linda has a passion and drive for the Youth Ambassadors program, having been a leader in this program since its inception over 14 years ago. Linda believes that adolescents have “a fundamental need to contribute” and are able to do so through the Youth Ambassadors program.  They participate in weekly meetings on a wide variety of health-related topics that pertain to young people including, but not limited to; teen mental health, substance abuse prevention and, most recently, a youth anti-vaping initiative. The Youth Ambassadors learn and share information with their peers in workshops held throughout South Boston and surrounding communities.  The program also offers college/career support, community service opportunities and art-based activities.

Linda is a lifelong resident of South Boston, and together with her husband Frank raised a family of five children there. She believes it “takes a village” to raise healthy and successful children and is pleased to be a positive influence in the lives of the more than 350 youth that have been  involved in the Youth Ambassadors program. Youth Ambassadors of all ages know that at any time, regardless of “graduating” from the program, Linda is there to support them in their next endeavors in life.  

Erica Rollock, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker currently employed at the South Boston Community Health Center. She received her MSW from Simmons University. Ms. Rollock provides outpatient mental health counseling for persons of all ages, as well as being the clinical role in Youth Ambassadors, a group that both empowers youth to take on leadership roles in the South Boston community as well as engages youth in positive and fun activities.