#EquityFlattensTheCurve

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, but it is disproportionately harming the nation’s marginalized populations, including people of color, people with disabilities, people with low income, older people and other groups who are vulnerable to bias. Unless we work together to mitigate these disparities, it will be more difficult to contain the pandemic.

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Finding Presence Through Pilates

As we find ourselves facing new challenges arising from social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever that we bring attention to our physical and mental well-being. Through a committed mindful movement practice, we can counteract the increased levels of stress and anxiety typical of an unfamiliar, unpredictable environment. Originally created to address health issues among those interned in camps during WW1, the Pilates method of exercise approaches the body as a whole system to move and breathe in a way that promotes self-healing. In this class, we will draw upon the original work of Joseph H. Pilates to keep the body flowing in the ways it was designed to function. While using the breath to facilitate each movement, we will bring awareness and awaken the connection between mind and body. Finding this relationship and using our senses to observe the environment, we will bring ourselves to the present and find peace in the now.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Sara C. Berger, NCPT | View Bio

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Meditation Part 1 – Listening from the Heart & Finding Your Way Home

Dr. Paula Kliger introduces the psychology of “self-study” and the power of a meditation and
mindfulness practice to open the heart and mind to be more present, focused, and grounded in
the face of adversity and, generally, in order to manage the demands, stresses, and challenges of
the range of human experiences that arise in our lives.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Paula Christian-Kliger, PhD, ABPP | View Bio

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Yoga for Stress Release

Yoga for Stress Release is a gentle yoga class that guides students through easy stretches and poses to regulate the nervous system – bringing calm, focus, and tranquility during these uncertain times. Designed for students of any level – pure novice to advanced practitioner – Yoga for Stress Release meets students where they are, helping them loosen tight muscles, breathe more deeply, and move their bodies with pure joy. As a bonus, students walk away from this class with simple exercises they can bring back to their desks and their workday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Laura Zam, RYT | View Bio

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

Speakers: Dr. Sandra L. Shullman, 2020 APA President, and Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., APA CEO

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Finding Presence Through Pilates

As we find ourselves facing new challenges arising from social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever that we bring attention to our physical and mental well-being. Through a committed mindful movement practice, we can counteract the increased levels of stress and anxiety typical of an unfamiliar, unpredictable environment. Originally created to address health issues among those interned in camps during WW1, the Pilates method of exercise approaches the body as a whole system to move and breathe in a way that promotes self-healing. In this class, we will draw upon the original work of Joseph H. Pilates to keep the body flowing in the ways it was designed to function. While using the breath to facilitate each movement, we will bring awareness and awaken the connection between mind and body. Finding this relationship and using our senses to observe the environment, we will bring ourselves to the present and find peace in the now.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Sara C. Berger, NCPT | View Bio

REGISTER

Meditation Part 1 – Listening from the Heart & Finding Your Way Home

Dr. Paula Kliger introduces the psychology of “self-study” and the power of a meditation and
mindfulness practice to open the heart and mind to be more present, focused, and grounded in
the face of adversity and, generally, in order to manage the demands, stresses, and challenges of
the range of human experiences that arise in our lives.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Paula Christian-Kliger, PhD, ABPP | View Bio

REGISTER

Yoga for Stress Release

Yoga for Stress Release is a gentle yoga class that guides students through easy stretches and poses to regulate the nervous system – bringing calm, focus, and tranquility during these uncertain times. Designed for students of any level – pure novice to advanced practitioner – Yoga for Stress Release meets students where they are, helping them loosen tight muscles, breathe more deeply, and move their bodies with pure joy. As a bonus, students walk away from this class with simple exercises they can bring back to their desks and their workday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Laura Zam, RYT | View Bio

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

Speakers: Dr. Sandra L. Shullman, 2020 APA President, and Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., APA CEO

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Finding Presence Through Pilates

As we find ourselves facing new challenges arising from social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever that we bring attention to our physical and mental well-being. Through a committed mindful movement practice, we can counteract the increased levels of stress and anxiety typical of an unfamiliar, unpredictable environment. Originally created to address health issues among those interned in camps during WW1, the Pilates method of exercise approaches the body as a whole system to move and breathe in a way that promotes self-healing. In this class, we will draw upon the original work of Joseph H. Pilates to keep the body flowing in the ways it was designed to function. While using the breath to facilitate each movement, we will bring awareness and awaken the connection between mind and body. Finding this relationship and using our senses to observe the environment, we will bring ourselves to the present and find peace in the now.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Sara C. Berger, NCPT | View Bio

REGISTER

Meditation Part 1 – Listening from the Heart & Finding Your Way Home

Dr. Paula Kliger introduces the psychology of “self-study” and the power of a meditation and
mindfulness practice to open the heart and mind to be more present, focused, and grounded in
the face of adversity and, generally, in order to manage the demands, stresses, and challenges of
the range of human experiences that arise in our lives.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Paula Christian-Kliger, PhD, ABPP | View Bio

REGISTER

Yoga for Stress Release

Yoga for Stress Release is a gentle yoga class that guides students through easy stretches and poses to regulate the nervous system – bringing calm, focus, and tranquility during these uncertain times. Designed for students of any level – pure novice to advanced practitioner – Yoga for Stress Release meets students where they are, helping them loosen tight muscles, breathe more deeply, and move their bodies with pure joy. As a bonus, students walk away from this class with simple exercises they can bring back to their desks and their workday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Laura Zam, RYT | View Bio

REGISTER

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

Speakers: Dr. Sandra L. Shullman, 2020 APA President, and Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., APA CEO

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To flatten the curve we must tackle the bias, stigma, and discrimination at the root of these inequities and ensure that all strategies and solutions are delivered equitably. 

Join our network of behavioral and social scientists, advocates, activists, and community serving practitioners working to:

• Reduce bias, stigma, and discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic to advance health equity


• Connect voices in health equity, public health, and psychology to educate policymakers and leaders about how centering equity can flatten the curve


• Promote social cohesion, inclusion, and equity to slow the spread of the virus


• Promote policies and practices that reduce inequi
ty and address public health needs of diverse populations now and in the future

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1. Join the network to learn from and inspire one another, share resources, and craft innovative solutions.

2. Use the hashtags #EquityFlattensTheCurve, #HealthDisparities, #HealthEquity, and #ReleaseTheData in your communications about topics related to equitable pandemic solutions and recovery

3. Engage and advocate locally to improve the response in your community

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Together we aim to advance our #EquityFlattensTheCurve goals by:

• providing a repository of timely and accurate supporting evidence, best practices, narratives, news stories, and resources


• building a collaborative, flexible and diverse network that connects and collaborates, shares resources, learns from and inspires one another, and crafts innovative solutions


• sharing capacity building processes and resources to influence the public, federal, state, and local governments, policy makers and thought leaders

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Finding Presence Through Pilates

As we find ourselves facing new challenges arising from social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever that we bring attention to our physical and mental well-being. Through a committed mindful movement practice, we can counteract the increased levels of stress and anxiety typical of an unfamiliar, unpredictable environment. Originally created to address health issues among those interned in camps during WW1, the Pilates method of exercise approaches the body as a whole system to move and breathe in a way that promotes self-healing. In this class, we will draw upon the original work of Joseph H. Pilates to keep the body flowing in the ways it was designed to function. While using the breath to facilitate each movement, we will bring awareness and awaken the connection between mind and body. Finding this relationship and using our senses to observe the environment, we will bring ourselves to the present and find peace in the now.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Sara C. Berger, NCPT | View Bio

REGISTER

Meditation Part 1 – Listening from the Heart & Finding Your Way Home

Dr. Paula Kliger introduces the psychology of “self-study” and the power of a meditation and
mindfulness practice to open the heart and mind to be more present, focused, and grounded in
the face of adversity and, generally, in order to manage the demands, stresses, and challenges of
the range of human experiences that arise in our lives.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Paula Christian-Kliger, PhD, ABPP | View Bio

REGISTER

Yoga for Stress Release

Yoga for Stress Release is a gentle yoga class that guides students through easy stretches and poses to regulate the nervous system – bringing calm, focus, and tranquility during these uncertain times. Designed for students of any level – pure novice to advanced practitioner – Yoga for Stress Release meets students where they are, helping them loosen tight muscles, breathe more deeply, and move their bodies with pure joy. As a bonus, students walk away from this class with simple exercises they can bring back to their desks and their workday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Laura Zam, RYT | View Bio

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African American Older Adults and COVID-19: Addressing Mental Health Needs, Supporting Strengths

The primary issues explored during this webinar will be: (1) prevalent mental health concerns of older African Americans (OAA) during the pandemic: depression, anxiety, race-related stress, PTSD, escalating dementia symptoms, social isolation, grief, mourning, (2) tips and strategies for aging and health service providers in their work with OAA: normalizing psychological symptoms, building upon existing resilience, coping skills to help manage emotional distress, health-promoting behaviors and self-care (3) the OAA perspective: caring for oneself while supporting one’s community. 

This webinar is sponsored by the APA Office on Aging and the National Caucus & Center for Black Aging.

Wednesday, July 8, 1 PM – 2 PM ET

Panelists: Vonetta Dotson, PhD, Frances Adomako, Angela Telesford

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More webinars to be announced.

Finding Presence Through Pilates

As we find ourselves facing new challenges arising from social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever that we bring attention to our physical and mental well-being. Through a committed mindful movement practice, we can counteract the increased levels of stress and anxiety typical of an unfamiliar, unpredictable environment. Originally created to address health issues among those interned in camps during WW1, the Pilates method of exercise approaches the body as a whole system to move and breathe in a way that promotes self-healing. In this class, we will draw upon the original work of Joseph H. Pilates to keep the body flowing in the ways it was designed to function. While using the breath to facilitate each movement, we will bring awareness and awaken the connection between mind and body. Finding this relationship and using our senses to observe the environment, we will bring ourselves to the present and find peace in the now.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Sara C. Berger, NCPT | View Bio

REGISTER

Meditation Part 1 – Listening from the Heart & Finding Your Way Home

Dr. Paula Kliger introduces the psychology of “self-study” and the power of a meditation and
mindfulness practice to open the heart and mind to be more present, focused, and grounded in
the face of adversity and, generally, in order to manage the demands, stresses, and challenges of
the range of human experiences that arise in our lives.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Paula Christian-Kliger, PhD, ABPP | View Bio

REGISTER

Yoga for Stress Release

Yoga for Stress Release is a gentle yoga class that guides students through easy stretches and poses to regulate the nervous system – bringing calm, focus, and tranquility during these uncertain times. Designed for students of any level – pure novice to advanced practitioner – Yoga for Stress Release meets students where they are, helping them loosen tight muscles, breathe more deeply, and move their bodies with pure joy. As a bonus, students walk away from this class with simple exercises they can bring back to their desks and their workday.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Instructor: Laura Zam, RYT | View Bio

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in

Join us for a monthly check-in to get an update on the initiative’s activities, spotlights of members making a difference in their communities, a review of calls-to-action, and an opportunity for Q&A.

Our next virtual check-in will consist of a:

  • brief update on the initiative’s progress 
  • dialogue with a member of the #EquityFlattensTheCurve network
  • Q&A session

Closed captioning will be available during the session.

Schedule:

  • February 11, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
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African American Older Adults and COVID-19: Addressing Mental Health Needs, Supporting Strength

The primary issues explored during this webinar were: prevalent mental health concerns of older African Americans (OAA) during the pandemic: depression, anxiety, race related stress, PTSD, escalating dementia symptoms, social isolation, grief, mourning; tips and strategies for aging and health service providers in their work with OAA: normalizing psychological symptoms, building upon existing resilience, coping skills to help manage emotional distress, health promoting behaviors and self-care; the OAA perspective: caring for oneself while supporting one’s community.

This webinar was sponsored by the APA Office on Aging and the National Caucus & Center for Black Aging. Panelists: Brian Smedley, PhD, Deborah DiGilio, Angie Boddie, Vonetta Dotson, PhD, Frances Adomako, Angela Telesford.
 

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Parenting During Periods of Uncertainty and Unrest

This conversation focuses on how the syndemic of COVID-19 and racism is operating in the lives of parents and what the evidence tells us about the experiences of parents of color. What do parents say during these times of uncertainty and crisis? How do we talk to children and parents from a clinical perspective? How do we empower parents to parent and what are the considerations for parenting girls and boys of color, particularly for mothers of boys of color? How can policies and systems be changed to provide more wrap-around services during dual racism and COVID-19? We lift up the strengths, the uniqueness of parents of color at this time and the realities of grappling with the identity of the moment.


Panelists: Shauna Cooper, PhD, Wendi S. Williams, PhD, Chuck Hollister, PhD, Anthony Gay, MSW, Daniel Singley, PhD, ABPP, Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH 

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Parenting during Periods of Uncertainty and Unrest

This conversation will be focused on how the syndemic of COVID-19 and racism is operating in the lives of parents and what the evidence tells us about the experiences of parents of color. What do parents say during these times of uncertainty and crisis? How do we talk to children and parents from a clinical perspective? How do we empower parents to parent and what are the considerations for parenting girls and boys of color, particularly for mothers of boys of color? How can policies and systems be changed to provide more wrap-around services during dual racism and COVID-19? We lift up the strengths, the uniqueness of parents of color at this time and the realities of grappling with the identity of the moment. Join the gathering of experts, parents, educators, and advocates in raising equity among our youth and leveraging evidence to action.

Thursday, October 1, 4:30 - 6:00 PM ET

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Invisible No More: Psychology, American Indians/Alaska Natives and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing challenges in many American Indian and Alaska Native communities, such as substance abuse/misuse, and has created new challenges for tribes seeking to maintain traditions and customs, such as gathering together to grieve loved ones. Psychologists are helping to address these challenges through culturally-informed interventions and efforts to build upon tribes' resiliency and strengths. This webinar features some of these efforts, with the goals of increasing awareness of the pandemic's impact on Native American communities and the potential for psychology to assist in mitigating risks and collateral consequences associated with the pandemic. 


Panelists: Brian Smedley, PhD, John Gonzalez, PhD, Kyle Hill, PhD, LP, Vicky Lomay, PhD, Royleen Ross, PhD.

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Self-Care and COVID-19

With the stress and anxiety of the pandemic, racial injustice, money, parenting, and relationships, we could all use a little self-care right now. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the American Psychological Association’s Women’s Programs Office and Committee on Women in Psychology, Black Women’s Health Imperative, and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence would like to emphasize the need for self-care for self-identified women.

This workshop will contain hands-on activities to teach self-identified women how to increase self-care in your daily life. Join us for an evening of self-care and self-love as we bring together experts to offer guidance on how to take the best possible care of you. Come with plenty of questions for our Q&A with the presenters.

Thursday, October 22. 7:30 - 9:30 PM ET

Presenters: Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD; Jameta Nicole Barlow, PhD, MPH; Shana Word Davis, MJ; Heidi Notario, MA; Charlotte McCloskey, PhD;
Lauren Stutts, PhD

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — November 12th

Featured Speaker: Kalvin White, PhD – Navajo Nation COVID-19 Response Team Member

Closed captioning is available for this recording.

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — September 10th

Featured Speaker: Ben Echevarría (Executive Director, The Welcome Project)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — August 13th

Featured Speaker: Wizdom Powell, PhD (Director, UConn Health Disparities Institute)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — October 8th

Featured Speaker: Pamela Scott-Johnson, PhD (Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences, California State University – Los Angeles)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — December 10th

Featured Speaker: Riana Anderson, PhD (Assistant Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — February 25th

Featured Speakers: Katherine McGuire, MSc (APA Chief Advocacy Officer) and Kathleen Brown, PhD (Chair, APA Advocacy Coordinating Committee)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — February 11th

Featured Speakers: Leslie Cooper, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN (Independent Consultant, GHUCCTS, Zion Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority); Daneka Lucas, PharmD (Pharmacist, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority); Carla Williams, PhD (Associate Professor, Howard University College of Medicine, GHUCCTS) 

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — January 14th

Featured Speaker: Jennifer Kelly, PhD (2021 APA President and Director, Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — March 11th

Featured Speaker: Sherry Wang, PhD (Associate Professor, Santa Clara University)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — April 8th

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Featured Speaker: Veronica Cooper (Small Business Owner, Culture Coffee Too)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — May 13th

Featured Speaker: Milton Fuentes, PsyD (Professor of Psychology, Montclair State University)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — June 10th

Featured Speaker: Willie Underwood, III, MD, MSc, MPH (Board of Trustees, American Medical Association and Executive Director, Buffalo Center for Health Equity)

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in

Save the date for our next check-in: September 9, 2021. Our August virtual check-in has been canceled due to overlap with our annual convention. We will announce the featured speaker for the September check-in soon.

Following the check-in, the conversation with continue on the 
#EquityFlattensTheCurve Slack platform for 30 minutes. Please join us to engage with our guest and other members of the network. Sign up for a free Slack account beforehand and email EFTC@apa.org with any questions.

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Date: September 9, 2021 

Time: 4:00-4:30 p.m. ET

Moderator:  Brian Smedley, PhD, APA’s Chief of Psychology in the Public Interest

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#EquityFlattensTheCurve Virtual Check-in — July 8th

Featured Speaker: Leigh Haynes, JD, MPH, LLM (Professor of Public Health, Simmons University) who addressed global health inequities related to the pandemic

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Related resources:

Vaccine hesitancy/access to information

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Global vaccine equity 

Centering the right to health in global health