October 2021 Discussion Panel.

Prioritizing Women's Mental Health During COVID-19

October 20th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm on Zoom

 


Our Moderator: Dr. Sonyia Richardson

Our Panelists: Dr. Erica Lennon, Tchernavia Montgomery, and Dr. Alicia Dahl


Dr. Sonyia Richardson

Dr. Sonyia Richardson, PhD, MSW, LCSW, is a clinician, entrepreneur, researcher, author, and professor. She is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has over 12 years of experience teaching and has received numerous awards. As a researcher, she is focused on improving mental wellness through practical strategies and interventions. Dr. Richardson has published two co-edited books and produced several peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, she is the Director of the Mental Health Research and Practice Lab and Interim Director of the Race and Social Equity Academy at the university.

Dr. Richardson is the founder and owner of Another Level Counseling and Counseling located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under her direction, the agency has been instrumental in providing counseling and Employee Assistance Program services, facilitating corporate and community wellness workshops, and providing crisis response and de-escalation services to businesses. Her business has successfully operated for over 14 years and serves a diverse clientele.


Dr. Erica Lennon

Dr. Erica Lennon, PsyD, (she/her) is a licensed psychologist and serves as the Associate Director for Outreach & Community Engagement at UNC Charlotte's Center for Counseling & Psychological Services.  In her support of women, she believes in attending to the intersections of identity among women including the nuanced needs of women who identify as Black, Indigenous, or within other communities of color, LGBQ+ women, Trans women, and non-binary individuals who have been socialized as women throughout their lives. 


Tchernavia Montgomery

Tchernavia Montgomery, MSW, LCSW, is the Executive Director of Care Ring.  Care Ring, founded in 1955 is a trusted pillar of community-based health services in Mecklenburg County dedicated to providing affordable and accessible high-quality health services to the uninsured and underinsured residents. Montgomery and Care Ring’s charge is to improve health outcomes for our most vulnerable residents by expanding access to affordable quality-based whole-person care and promoting health equity. In addition to an award-winning Low-Cost clinic and a specialty provider care coordination program (Physicians Reach Out), Care Ring is home to the Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP), a free and nationally renowned evidence-based nurse home visitation program for low-income
and at-risk mothers. Since its inception in 2008, Care Ring’s NFP has served almost 1500 families, demonstrating extraordinary maternal health and early childhood outcomes. Care Ring’s NFP site is the largest in the state of North Carolina and proudly displays exemplary maternal child health outcomes, especially for people of color. In August 2021, Care Ring was the recipient of the National Leadership Council’s Redefining American Healthcare award, recognized for its initiatives addressing issues such as health equity, disparity, and access.

Prior to transitioning to this role, Tchernavia served as Chief Program Officer of Crisis Assistance Ministry, overseeing eviction prevention programming and operations. Tchernavia’s deep commitment to socioeconomically-stressed families, mirroring her own experience in poverty and as a teen mother allows her to be a true servant leader at heart. A licensed clinical social worker, she has devoted 18 years to empowering our community's most vulnerable citizens. Tchernavia serves as an adjunct faculty member within the UNC
Charlotte College of Health & Human Services graduate programs. She serves as a board member of the North Carolina Association for Free & Charitable clinics, the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, MeckEd, and is a member of the Mecklenburg County Early Childhood Education Executive Committee. Tchernavia is a senior fellow with the Lee Institute’s American Leadership Fellowship. And In 2021, she received the City of Charlotte & Atrium Health's MLK Growing the Dream Award and the UNC Charlotte
Black Alumni Excellence in Leadership Award. She is a published author and a proud member of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she was honored with the chapter's 2019 Dynamic Delta of the Year award. Tchernavia is a devoted spouse and loving mother of 3 sons.


Dr. Alicia Dahl

Dr. Alicia Dahl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte. She received her PhD in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Her current research agenda focuses on health behavior change, pregnancy and postpartum health, mental health, and digital health technologies. Since 2014, she has been studying pregnancy-related health disparities among diverse populations and recently completed a project to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prenatal experiences. She’s currently in her 3rd year serving as the Chair for the Women’s Health Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and through this professional network, she engages in opportunities to apply the life course perspective to a breadth of Women’s Health topics.


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