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Tuesday, April 12 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
The Race for Mental health

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The pandemic has vastly increased both awareness and funding to the mental health landscape. Apps, books, wearables, and virtual care services have skyrocketed. The majority of these services (or at least the ones with the most funding) are taking a similar approach as most other companies in their position, a "race neutral" approach. They're targeting the largest market of people who show interest and ability to buy the product, and that just happens to be mostly middle and upper income white people.
I believe, in a society built on race, nothing is race neutral. In mental and physical health it's nearly impossible to take race and culture out of the equation. The disparities in health outcomes are well known, but there's surprisingly little disparity in health approaches. How might taking a race and identity inclusive approach to mental health allow us to reach more audiences in more meaningful and authentic ways? In my talk I'll explore the question "what if, in order to reduce health disparities, we shouldn't be searching for ways to treat people the same, but rather how to treat them differently?"

Moderators
avatar for Liz Possee Corthell

Liz Possee Corthell

Senior Experience Strategist, Mad*Pow
 “My favorite moment in design is the moment right before synthesis, when you have a huge pile of research, quotes, observations, touch points, etc., all waiting to be turned into something magical. It’s an intimidating part of the process, but there’s nothing I love more than... Read More →
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Amy Wicks

Managing Director, Content Strategy, Mad*Pow
A good beginning is half the job. - Slovak ProverbIt’s no surprise that someone who began her career as an English teacher and native-speaker-for-hire in Bratislava, Slovakia, describes herself as curious about people’s journeys. Amy Wicks’ unique journey started in Montana... Read More →

Speakers
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Jaryn Miller

Sr. Service Designer, Headspace
Jaryn is a Service Designer, writer, & advisor focused on mental health and wellbeing. More specifically, his work centers Black people and other oppressed communities and explores how design might support the many ways trauma manifests in our lives and communities. He began this... Read More →


Tuesday April 12, 2022 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 2