Mental Health Policies in Indonesia Today: Enormous Challenges, Emerging Possibilities

Date: 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Byron Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio GoodByron Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Harvard Medical School
Moderator: Nelden Djakababa, Indonesia Research Fellow

About the Seminar
Please join us for the first session in the Indonesia Seminar Series this semester with a presentation by Professors Byron Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good from the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. The Goods will review the enormous challenges of building mental health services in Indonesia, reflecting on nearly 20 years of research and implementation studies related to mental illness and mental health care. History of mental health policies and new efforts to build services in extremely low resource settings will be discussed, placing these efforts in regional context. Special attention will be given to internationally-supported projects to develop new models of care in post-tsunami, post-conflict Aceh, and projects currently underway in Yogyakarta and Aceh with support of a USAID program that facilitates collaboration between Harvard Medical School and two Indonesian universities.

About the Speakers
Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, a comparative sociologist and medical anthropologist, is professor of Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and faculty in the Department of Sociology, Harvard University. She is a faculty affiliate of the Asia Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Good is a member of the steering committee for the Harvard Initiative on Global Health. She is a member of University standing committees for Middle Eastern Studies, Global Health, Islamic Studies, and Special Concentrations. At HMS, she is co-director of the NIMH Training Program in Culture and Mental Health services, which has brought post-doctoral trainees in medical and psychiatric anthropology to Harvard for over 24 years. She is core faculty for the International Mental Health Training Program, funded by the Fogarty International Center, to train psychiatrists from China in mental health services research. Professor Good teaches and advises Harvard medical students as well as graduate and undergraduate students in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She chairs the University Milton Fund Committee, serves on the HMS IRB, and is a member of the HMS Joint Committee on the Status of Women.

Byron J. Good is professor of Medical Anthropology and former chair (2000-2006), Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and professor in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Dr. Good is director of Programs in Global Mental Health in the Department of Social Medicine. He is director of the International Mental Health Training Program, funded by the Fogarty International Center to train psychiatrists from China in mental health services research, and co-director of the NIMH Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services, which has brought post-doctoral trainees in medical and psychiatric anthropology to Harvard for 24 years.