Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit organization that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. As an organization that is recognized as a thought leader in the area of mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention, we recognize that we need to stay current and responsive to diverse communities.
We are intentional about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by being proactively inclusive in our approach and our strategic planning. We believe everyone should have access to resources and care in ways that are mindful of diverse perspectives, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual identity, abilities and more.
Equity in Mental Health Framework
The EMH Framework provides academic institutions with a set of ten actionable recommendations and key implementation strategies to help strengthen their activities and programs to address the mental health disparities facing students of color such as mentioned above. With expert input from the College Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital, the EMH Framework was developed using the national Harris poll of 1,000 college students, a scientific literature review, a national convening of higher education leaders, and an electronic survey of higher education administrators.
Our Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Sofia Pertruz contributed her expertise in the Conscious Cities workshop held Tuesday, October 15th. Her insights covered forward-thinking approaches to sharing knowledge and problem-solving within the context of community-building. Goals of the workshop included creating a dialogue between professionals in order to create impact designs, establishing community amongst change-makers, and create outputs that will serve as a resource for city agencies.
From October 4-6, Sofia Pertuz, Kyle Sebastian, and Sasha Zhou presented on current trends and programs to address AANHPI College Student Mental Health. More specifically, the presentation describes data from the Healthy Minds Study, ways that campuses can use the Equity in Mental Health Framework co-created by the Jed Foundation and Steve Fund to develop better resources and interventions, and current programmatic examples and other research to support emotional health and wellbeing for AANHPI college student populations. Sofia also delved into the Equity in Mental Health Framework, where she describes JED’s core values and mission, an overview of the EMHF, as well as applicable insights drawn from the data collected by JED.