2024 Psychiatric-Advocacy Collaborative Teams Summit (PACTS)

Memphis, TN US
May 10, 2024 to May 11, 2024

P.A.C.T.S.: Bridging the Gap and Overcoming Disparities Post COVID

The 2024 Psychiatric-Advocacy Collaborative Teams Summit (PACTS): Bridging the Gap and Overcoming Disparities Post Covid aims to bring present and future mental health providers and professionals together in a collaborative effort to improve the care and support for youth impacted by adverse childhood experiences. On the first day, Friday, May 10, attendees will participate in a poster session, where they can showcase their research and advancements in the field of mental health. This will take place from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm to include a light reception. The second day, Saturday, May 11, will feature a keynote speaker who will further elucidate the conference's mission and inspire providers to collectively address the gaps and disparities exacerbated by the COVID-10 pandemic. there will also be a panel discussion, offering instructional content, focusing on topics such as suicidality and enhancing systems of care. Lunch will include a networking opportunity fostering effective collaboration, continuing the afternoon with more specialized discussions, centered around multiculturalism, with the shared goal of bridging existing gaps in mental health provision.


Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Community Healthcare Providers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Medical Students
  • Social Workers
  • Child Psychiatrists / Psychologists
  • Anyone who works with children and their families

Learning Objectives

  • Identify social determinants impacting equity in mental health care for youth with a special emphasis on societal changes post COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Explain ways to utilize professional standing to advocate for legislative and procedural change to promote socio-emotional well-being of youth.
  • Describe factors that result in inequity in diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues in minority youth.
  • Formulate plans to establish collaborative teams to assist in management of mental health concerns in youth.
  • Define how implicit bias can impact patient care in mental health settings.

Desired Outcome

The goal of the 2024 Psychiatric Advocacy Collaborative Teams Summit (PACTS) is to convene a group of local experts to discuss the various methods and strategies that healthcare professionals can implement in their daily practice to improve the care and support for youth impacted by adverse childhood experiences. The summit's overarching goal is to cultivate a deeper understanding of integrated behavioral health practices, emphasizing cultural competency and humility. Panel discussions, along with question-and-answer sessions that include collaborative sharing of information and research, as well as networking with other healthcare professionals PACTS aims to fortify the delivery of care within diverse communities, addressing existing shortcomings, and rectifying systemic disparities that hinder access to mental health services.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/10/2024 - 5:30pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/11/2024 - 3:00pm CDT
Psychiatric-Advocacy Collaborative Teams Summit (PACTS)
 Friday, May 10, 2024 
5:30 - 7:30 PMPACTS Poster Session and Reception 
 Saturday, Mary 11, 2024 
8:00 - 8:30 AMRegistration and Breakfast 
8:30 - 8:45 AMWelcome | Introductions | Opening RemarksAlicia Barnes, DO, MPH, FAACAP, FAPA
8:45 - 9:45 AMNavigating the Intersection of Social Justice and Mental Health Care: How We Collaboratively Overcome!Sarah Vinson, MD - Lorio Psych Group
9:45 - 10:45 AMSuicide and Black Youth: Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Finding SolutionsJonathan Shepherd, MD - Hope Health Systems, Inc.
10:45 - 11:00 AMBreak 
11:00 - 12:00 PMSystems of Care: Building Strong Foundations for Child Mental Health, Forging a Path Forward Post-COVIDAlthea Stewart, MD
12:00 - 1:00 PMLunch 
1:00 - 2:45 PMCollaborative Approaches to Culturally Responsive Care for Adverse Childhood ExperiencesPanelist Representatives: Sarah Vinson, MD; Jonathan Shepherd, MD; Althea Stewart, MD
2:45 - 3:00 PMClosing Remarks / AdjournAlicia Barnes, DO, MPH, FAACAP, FAPA
SAC - Student Alumni Center
800 Madison Ave
Schreier Auditorium and Lobby
Memphis, TN 38163
United States



Parking is available in the Student Alumni Center (SAC) G garage. The garage is located behind the SAC building with entrance from Manassas Street. Parking validation will be provided for participants parking in the garage. Additionally street level parking is available along South Dunlap Street and South Manassas Street.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. is a triple-board certified Harvard and Emory trained physician who specializes in adult, child and adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Medicine with Research  Honors and as an Inductee in the Chapman Humanism Honors Society, she completed her general psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She then returned to the South to complete fellowships in both child and adolescent and forensic psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to providing mental health care services, such as psychotherapy, consultation, and psychopharmacology, through her private practice,  Dr. Vinson is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. She has been elected to statewide office by her professional peers in both the Georgia  Psychiatric Physician’s Association and the Georgia Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and currently serves on the boards of both organizations.


Available Credit

  • 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.75 Attendance
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There is no cost to attend this summit.  However, space is limited, and advance registration is required.