The Community Coalition for Mental Health was created by a research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Our goal is to increase awareness about depression, reduce fear about mental health problems, and promote social justice. Our members are committed community advocates, compassionate family members, and leaders from the following organizations in New York City:
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Rev. Dr. Charles Butler
Professor Joyce Johnson
Michael A Walrond Jr
La’Shay Morris, MPH
Erin Leigh George
Dr. Samuel K. Roberts
Dr. Sidney Hankerson
Dr. Laura Smith
Dr Martha Sullivan
Ms. Alicia James is a social entrepreneur, nonprofit marketing consultant and purpose strategist. She is the founder and President ARJ Solutions a nonprofit cause related marketing consultancy. She works with grassroots agencies and purpose driven entrepreneurs who want to create impact in the lives of others.
After 20 years of nonprofit programming, fundraising, business development and marketing consulting, Ms. James made the decision to launch her purpose vision. A business model designed to educate, empower and advocate for mothers. She is the visionary, founder and President of The P.A.M Project (Preserve A Mom) a social enterprise agency which advocates and promotes the importance of maternal mental wellness and addressing mental illness stigma in communities of color.
In 2015, Ms. James held two Mental Health and Wellness Community Forums in partnership with both Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Minority Health. She continues to collaborate with both the public and private sector producing educational workshops and community forums which focused on physical activity, nutrition, mental health / wellness, mental illness stigma, and self-care for caregivers.
Ms. Alicia James was awarded the Nassau Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's 2017 Woman of Distinction, for her community contributions in the area of Mental and Physical Health. She is currently working on her first book based on her purpose journey and advocacy work for maternal mental health.
Ms. James’ life mission is to continuously cultivate positive change for women and girls, health related issues and in communities of color. She knows from firsthand experience that the real work in creating positive change is through community engagement.
Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn, is a second year masters of clinical psychology student at Teachers College Columbia University. Jaylaan is completing her masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis on spirituality, mind, body practices. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University. Her desire to work directly with communities to facilitate their own healing led her to work with Dr. Sidney Hankerson’s research team on facilitating community mental health within African-American faith based communities.
In the past, Jaylaan has participated on the boards of Northside Center for Child Development and Peace First. She is excited to discover and implement alternative delivery methods of healing to underserved populations.
Dr. Raymond Croske
Emely Santiago, MSW, MPH, is an experienced bilingual social worker with extensive public health research experience. She received her Masters in Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice and her Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. Before pursuing her Masters, she worked at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program as a Research Assistant.
Emely’s direct practice experience focused on working with historically disenfranchised communities in the New York City area and increasing access to mental health resources. Her career focus is to bridge the gap between direct service and mental health policy.
Emely currently works as a Project Coordinator for Dr. Hankerson at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Emely works to increase awareness on mental health issues and encourage help seeking behavior within faith-based community settings.