NEWS | June 12, 2020

Let’s talk about mental health: The invisible impact of COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the physical and economic health of the most vulnerable populations. Less visible but not less serious is the impact on mental health.

In the upcoming virtual CTSC Science Café held on June 18, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Toby Ewing, Jim Kooler and Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola will discuss the intersections of mental health and the coronavirus pandemic. They will discuss how the novel coronavirus crisis is playing out, and what resources are available to help address the emotional distress and suffering in our communities.

About the Science Café panelists:

Toby Ewing, executive director of California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, is working to transform the state’s community mental health system. The commission launched a transparency platform and authored California’s recently released suicide prevention plan Striving for Zero. It is currently developing an incubator to provide ongoing support for innovative mental health programs).

Jim Kooler, assistant deputy director of Behavioral Health at the California Department of Health Care Services, oversees policy efforts for behavioral health services  for youths. He has designed and implemented effective alcohol and drug prevention and youth development programs at the county and state level for over 36 years.

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of clinical internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is the director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Community Engagement Program of the Clinical and Translational Science Center. He is an internationally renowned expert on mental health in ethnic populations.

When: Thursday, June 18, from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom

To Register:

For questions, contact CTSC Community Engagement: