Racial Equity and Mental Health Panel Series

CommCARE is partnering with REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Metro Council of Community Behavioral Health Centers for a racial equity and mental health panel series.


Join us for our first Race Equity and Mental Health Zoom session on Thursday, June 17 from 9:30-11 a.m. CT. In “The Big Picture: The History of Mental Health and Race”, we will take a broad look at the history of mental health in the United States. We will also explore the role that history, social and economic experience play in how people of color encounter this system.


Register now for June 17

The Big Picture: The History of Mental Health and Race

The speakers for the panel include:

Dr. Naiomi Jamal, MD is on Staff with Swope Health Services in Independence, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS – Medical School), in Karachi, Pakistan, and Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She received the President’s Cabinet Award at the University of Texas Medical Branch for her parent-based teen pregnancy prevention program and received recognition from the American Board of Medical Quality.


Mark Miller, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Swope Health Services in Kansas City, Missouri. With over 250 employees, Swope’s behavioral health department provides residential, psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, case management, substance abuse, homeless, crisis intervention and transportation services in urban Kansas City.


Dr. Kirby Randolph, is on the Bioethics faculty in the College of Medicine at Kansas City University in Kansas City, MO. She has personal and professional interests in mental health and recovery. Her research has historically been on race and mental health, health care and disability. Dr. Randolph earned her doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania and completed two post-doctoral fellowships in health care policy – one at Rutgers University and the other in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation was on the experiences of African Americans with serious mental illness. She completed an oral history project with African American adults in Philadelphia who are living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.


The panel will be moderated by:

Jerry Jones, Founder and Managing Partner of Big Courage. Big Courage is a consultancy specializing in co-designing strategies with SME’s, academic institutions and philanthropic organizations committed to achieving measurable and scalable progress towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. As a leader in the health equity movement in Kansas City, Jerry has secured millions of dollars for projects aimed at improving health outcomes and eliminating disparities in the bi-state metro. Projects include: the CDC Community Transformation Grant, CMMI Health Care Innovation Challenge Award, CDC 1422 Grant to Reduce Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke and the United Healthcare Foundation Community Health Worker Initiative.

Save the Dates!


Upcoming Racial Equity and Mental Health sessions via Zoom:


Thursday, July 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m. CT. Register here.

“Kansas City’s Mental Health Ecosystem: Considering Our Troubled Past”.


Thursday, August 19, 9:30 a.m. CT. Register here.

Part I: “The Here and Now: Racial Equity in Clinical Settings”

Part II: “Using Our Lived Experiences to Design an Equitable Future”