Dr. Sean Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among Black Americans, particularly regarding the role of firearms as a risk factor, and is expanding the evidence base for effective practice with urban Black boys and young men. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Society for Social Work and Research, and New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Joe serves on the Steering Committee of the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise initiative. He co-chairs the Brown School’s Steering Committee on Communitybased Partnership Initiatives. As founding Director of the Race and Opportunity Lab, which examines race, opportunity, and social mobility with an emphasis on informing policies, interventions, and intra-professional practice to lessen ethnic inequality in adolescents’ healthy transition to adulthood. The lab leading community science project is HomeGrown STL, which is a multi-systemic placed-based capacity building intervention to enhance upward mobility opportunities and health of Black males ages 12-29 years in the St. Louis region. His epistemological work focuses on the concept of race in medical and social sciences.
The Learning Objectives of this presentation are as follows:
1. To inform participants about history of human diversity and suicide risk. Suicidologist have focused on the quality and reproducibility of the science of why people die by suicide. In more recent times, the field has considered diversity among those at risk for suicide. This presentation will focus on highlighting emerging science on patterns and trends of suicidal behavior among black children and adolescents in the U.S to ring the alarm regarding the need for increased equity in our science.
2. Since Durkheim, suicidologist have focused on the quality and reproducibility of the science of why people die by suicide. In more recent times, the field has considered diversity among those at risk for suicide. This presenter will focus on highlighting emerging science on patterns and trends of suicidal behavior among ethnic minority population in the U.S. and globally, to call attention toward more equity in our science.
3. This presenter examines what needs to be done to bring equity to the research workforce, research infrastructure, as well as the prevention, treatment, and intervention literatures.
4. The implication for using an equity lens in the distribution and effectiveness of clinical practice and preventative interventions will be discussed.
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