8th Annual Richard C. Christensen Memorial Lecture & Advocacy Day

April 17th the University of Florida department of psychiatry held the 8th Annual Richard C. Christensen Memorial Lecture with Emma Lo, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Street Psychiatry Team at Yale University and a special presentation

Richard Christensen MD
Richard C. Christensen MD
Drs. Bruijnzeel, Fleisch, Lo, Single and Velez
Drs. Dawn Bruijnzeel, Sheryl Flesich, Emma Lo, Megan Single, Lymaries Velez at the UF Health Psychiatric Hospital in Gainesville, FL.

This was the first year the event was simultaneously held in Gainesville and Jacksonville. Events in Gainesville were held at the UF Health Psychiatric Hospital. The morning began with a manna bag assembly line followed by lunch and the Richard C. Christensen, MD Memorial Lecturer, Emma Lo, MD from Yale School of Medicine. A second presentation from Dawn Bruijnzeel, MD and Lymaries Velez, MD about the University of Florida’s Street Psychiatry program occurred before a tour of GRACE Marketplace. Ana Turner, MD headed up events in Jacksonville at the UF Health Science Center. She also coordinated manna bag assembly to benefit Sulzbacher.

Dr. Lo has dedicated her career to working with vulnerable and marginalized populations, specifically focusing on people experiencing homelessness and serious mental illness. She is the founder and Medical Director for the newly established Street Psychiatry Program at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). She is actively involved in the Street Medicine Institute, where she serves as a faculty advisor on the Learning and Education Advisory Panel, which supervises the Street Medicine Institute Student Coalition, an international group of medical trainees leading and developing best practices for student-run street medicine programs around the world. She has been invited for multiple internal and external speaking engagements and presented numerous times about her work in Street Psychiatry. Her research interests lie in mental health services implementation, health care access issues for vulnerable populations, medical education in structural competency and social determinants of health, and addressing racial and economic disparities on systemic levels.

View more pictures from the events in Gainesville and Jacksonville in the gallery below.