Navigation Links
American Psychiatric Foundation Announces Recipients of 2008 Helping Hands Grants

Awards Honoring Medical Students for Community Mental Health Service Projects Supported by a Grant From Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has named five universities as the recipients of Helping Hands Grants. Each school will receive a $5,000 grant for a community mental health service project initiated and managed by medical students under the supervision of medical faculty. The awards are made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

The American Psychiatric Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing public understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated, approved the following grants:

-- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, is being awarded the grant for

the HEALTHY MINDS FOR HEALTHY LIVES student-driven initiative that, in

collaboration with local homeless shelters and community mental health

agencies, will raise awareness about the impact of socioeconomic

status, homelessness, and trauma on mental well being.

-- Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, LA, is being

awarded the grant to establish a program to assess the mental health

status of patients at the LSU Health Sciences Center Student Run

Homeless Clinics. The program will include mental health screening

tools; links to mental health services in the community and the

education of patients on the importance of maintaining mental health

will be included in this program.

-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Upper Peninsula

(UP) Campus, Marquette, MI, is being awarded the grant for the "Upper

Peninsula Maternal Emotional Support Program" to implement a network of

Postpartum Depression (PPD) risk assessment screening opportunities,

professional educational curriculums and integrated community outreach

efforts for all new mothers in the Upper Peninsula. This program will

establish a consistent risk assessment screening program for PPD at

Marquette General Hospital, educate health professionals in the use of

PPD screening tools, and provide outreach and community resources to

at-risk mothers to reach 2,300 patients, physicians and staff.

-- SUNY Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, NY, is being awarded the grant

to create a screening program that would help recognize psychiatric

disorders in women. Working in collaboration with psychiatrists from

the Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless (PPOH), students

will screen women, provide educational awareness for co-morbid

conditions of homelessness, substance abuse, and psychiatric disorders

such as PTSD and major depressive disorder.

-- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo, Amarillo, TX, is

being awarded the grant for the expansion of current services offered

to rural areas that are underserved and underrepresented in the Texas

Panhandle. West Texas remains one of the most medically underserved

areas in the country and the program will expand the innovative

activities of its Alzheimer's Academy to include awareness of

depression, early recognition by screening, and referral to mental

health providers. Education will include addressing the stigma due to

the misconceptions that involve depression in older adults.

"We are proud to support the Helping Hands Awards Program as part of our commitment to help eliminate health disparities among underserved populations," said Hiromi Yoshikawa, chairman and chief executive officer of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. "Otsuka congratulates the award recipients and applauds their efforts toward advancing minority mental health."

"We are pleased to be able to provide grants to these dedicated medical students," said Richard Harding MD, president of the American Psychiatric Foundation. "Through the generous charitable gift from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and the initiative of these students, communities are improving the quality of mental health services for the underserved."

The Helping Hands Grant Program raises awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition and builds an interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.

About the American Psychiatric Foundation

The American Psychiatric Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association. The mission of the foundation is to advance understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated. For more information, please visit the foundation's Web site at .

About Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) is a successful, innovative, fast-growing healthcare company that commercializes Otsuka-discovered and other product opportunities in North America, with a strong focus on and commitment to neuroscience, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal therapeutic treatments. OAPI is dedicated to improving patients' health and the quality of human life. The company is part of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group, which is comprised of 99 companies and approximately 31,000 people in 18 countries and regions around the world. Otsuka and its consolidated subsidiaries earned US$7.2 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2006. OAPI is wholly owned by Otsuka America, Inc. (OAI), which is the holding company for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.'s (OPC) interests in the US. OAI is wholly owned by OPC. For additional information, please visit .

SOURCE Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Stock Exchange Lists Merrill Lynchs Accelerated Return Notes Linked to the Amex Health Care Select Sector Index
2. Jiffy Lube(R) Raises $1 Million for American Heart Associations Go Red For Women(TM) Movement to Fight Heart Disease
3. American Life League: Planned Parenthood Scandals Widespread
4. American Heart Association Teams Up With the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
5. Palomar to Unveil New Laser-Assisted Liposuction Platform at the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery
6. American Association for Dental Research holds 37th annual meeting
7. Americans Guess One-Third of Professional Athletes on Performance Enhancing Drugs
8. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Donates $7,500 to San Luis Valley American Red Cross to Assist Residents Affected by Water Contamination Crisis
9. Most Older Americans Living Longer and Better
10. African Americans at Risk for Low Calcium Intake - New Survey Finds Those Experiencing Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance May be Sidelining Dairy in Their Diets
11. Americans living longer, enjoying greater health and prosperity, but important disparities remain
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... According ... at the recent 2015 American Dental Association meeting in Washington D.C. revolved around the ... protect a patient’s overall health. The talk stressed the link between periodontal disease (more ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The ... in America. As people age, more care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia ... medical professionals are being overworked. The forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... "When I was traveling, ... from Hillside, N.J. "Many people catch diseases simply from sitting on such dirty ... be protected from germs." , He developed the patent-pending QUDRATECS to eliminate the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... ProSidebar: Fashion is a set of 30 ... ProSidebar: Fasion, video editors can easily add an informative sidebar to any FCPX production. ... Utilize presets featuring self-animating drop zones, lines, bars, and text with the ease of ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Intellitec ... Dynamics SL User Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as Microsoft’s official group for end users ... Dynamics SL software users, partners, industry experts and representatives. Intellitec Solutions’ membership status ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015 Research ... addition of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... --> --> ... analysis of the Italian therapeutic drug monitoring market, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 ... the "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market ... --> ) has announced the ... Devices Market 2015-2019" report to their ... ( ) has announced the addition ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  The American Academy of Pediatrics ... and the March of Dimes cheered today,s signature ... Infants Act of 2015 (S.799), which takes ... born exposed to drugs, such as opioids, and ... all three organizations have worked together leading advocacy ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: