Integrating Mental Health into HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Programs: Real World Questions and Opportunities

The Mental Health Innovation Network in collaboration with the University of Washington (UW) Behavioral Research Center for HIV (BIRCH) and UW International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) will be hosting a webinar on World AIDS DAY on 1st December 2022. The webinar explores the integration of mental health and HIV interventions following the guidance published by WHO and UNAIDS

Theme: Integrating Mental Health into HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Programs: Real World Questions and Opportunities

Date: 1st December 2022

Time: 3 pm GMT

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Key takeaways from the webinar can be found here

About the speakers


Pamela Y. Collins, MD, MPH: Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Global Health

Executive Director, I-TECH; University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Professor Pamela Collins is director of the University of Washington (UW) Consortium for Global Mental Health and executive director of the UW International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a global health implementing center that brings public health interventions to scale in partnership with ministries of health through a 12-country network on 4 continents. She is the Principal Investigator of the HRSA-funded project, Capacity Building for Sustainable HIV Services, which engages 5 countries in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia in capacity-strengthening in HIV, mental health, and related areas for improved HIV outcomes. Dr. Collins serves as Associate Director of UW BIRCH.


Jhanille A. Brooks, MA: Psychologist, Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH), Kingston, Jamaica

Ms. Jhanille A. Brooks is a Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counselor with thirteen years’ experience in the field. A mental health advocate and lobbyist, she is passionate about building awareness on the importance of being mentally healthy and is keen to see greater improvement in the treatment, care and support for people with mental health conditions. Her professional experience spans work in the areas of counseling, behavior change, substance misuse intervention, homelessness, community development, HIV/AIDS, as well as working with at-risk groups including youths.

Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH: Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Professor Lydia Chwastiak is the Principal Investigator and co-Director of the SAMHSA-funded Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NW-MHTTC), which aims to support the implementation of evidence-based practices for patients with serious mental illness across a variety of settings in the US Pacific Northwest. She is co-Director of the Integrated Care Core for the University of Washington Behavioral Research Center for HIV (BIRCH). Over the past eighteen years, her research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of complex patients who have serious mental illness and co-morbid chronic medical conditions.

Gloria Gonese, MbChB, MPH: Head of Programs, Zimbabwe Technical Assistance, Training and Education Center for Health (Zim-TTECH) Harare, Zimbabwe

Dr. Gloria Gonese is a Public Health Specialist with more than 20 years of clinical, epidemiology, programmatic and health systems strengthening experience. She is a medical doctor by profession and serves as Head of Programs for Zim-TTECH’s Zimbabwe Partnership to Accelerate AIDS Control (ZimPAAC) Care and Treatment Program. The ZimPAAC Program supports the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Childcare (MOHCC)’s national HIV/TB and STI programmes in the provision of HIV prevention services (inclusive of DREAMS and PrEP), HIV testing, Care and treatment services targeting the general population, special subgroups such as Key populations, Children, Adolescents and Young people living with HIV (CAYPLHIV), and integrating mental health into HIV services.

James Sale: Director of Policy, Advocacy and Financing, United for Global Mental Health

James is a mental health, health financing and governance advocate, and the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Financing at United for Global Mental Health. Prior to joining United for Global Mental Health, James led Save the Children’s global health financing policy and advocacy, established Transparency International’s health sector anti-corruption programme and worked in public financial management and governance at Crown Agents. James began his career working on vaccine surveillance with The World Health Organisation and has worked across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Belinda White, MSc: Consultant, Clinical Psychologist; I-TECH, Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Ms. Belinda White is a consultant with the International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH) in Trinidad and Tobago.  In collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS coordinating unit, she supports efforts to improve the mental health and psychosocial services provided at national HIV treatment and care sites. She has supported the development of psychosocial protocols for the largest local HIV treatment and care site and facilitated training for its healthcare and support staff.

Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB)
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