How to Heal Communities of Color with Dr. Primm


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Episode 53 Which "Protective Factors" can you put in place to minimize a loved one's risk of developing a mental illness even after experiencing natural or man-made disasters?

Nearly two months after the May 14th terrorist attack, the Eastside of Buffalo is beginning the process of healing from the disaster that killed 10 and traumatized hundreds of Black people in Western New York. In this episode you will hear from an expert in community healing and cultural humility on how to offer support to your community.

In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness month, Coach Kelly Marie is joined by Annelle B. Primm, M.D., MPH, a Baltimore-based community psychiatrist who serves as Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color.

Dr. Primm is also co-founder, chair and convener of All Healers Mental Health Alliance (AHMHA), a culturally grounded team responding to the mental health needs of Black and other marginalized communities affected by disasters, both natural and human-caused.

This episode is sponsored by BIPOC PEEEEEEK Breaking the Stigma & Silence and Prioritizing Needs. BIPOC PEEEEEEK is hosting the Mental Health in Communities of Color conference on July 13th, 14th and 16th in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse NY respectively. Register for this incredible conference today at

The Symposiums brings together local leaders, regional and national experts, community members, behavioral health providers and stakeholders for a half-day of learning dedicated to addressing mental health and trauma through the lens of equity. The goal is to engage in dialogue to highlight the diversity of needs for both youth and adults across systems and collectively work together to identify strategies to improve care for children and families from diverse backgrounds. The Buffalo event date of July 14th happens to fall on the 60-day mark of the Tops Market massacre and organizers will discuss strategies for long-term plans to address trauma and system level changes.

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Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, AHMHA has spawned leadership and collaborative action to promote thriving following disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, the Flint Water Crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Buffalo shooting at Tops supermarket in May 2022. Dr. Primm was formerly Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program. She also served on the executive leadership team of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as Deputy Medical Director and Director of its Office of Minority and National Affairs, now known as the Division of Diversity and Health Equity. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, medical degree from Howard University, and psychiatric residency training and master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Primm has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and is co-editor of the books, Disparities in Psychiatric Care and Women in Psychiatry: Personal Perspectives. Dr. Primm actively provides psychiatric services in Baltimore, Maryland for Hope Health Systems, Inc. and serves on the board of the Black Mental Health Alliance.

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