7 617-244-1682 | 888-244-6843 | ce@williamjames.edu Multicultural & Global Mental Health “Poto Mitan:” Change Agents that Promote Well-Being in the Haitian Community Conference Coordinator: Gemima St. Louis, PhD Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm In the Haitian community, the term “Poto Mitan” refers to individuals, agencies, and institutions that serve as pillars of the community. A “Poto Mitan” is vital to the livelihood, survival, and sustainability of the society at large. Too often, there is a tendency to focus on the economic, health, and psychosocial challenges that afflict the Haitian community with little, if any, attention paid to its numerous assets. While every community has complex needs that must be attended to, it is equally important to recognize and foster the internal resources that strengthen the community and enable it to thrive. The conference seeks to identify assets that exist within the Haitian community, and raise awareness of individuals and organizations that serve as “Poto Mitan” or agents of social change in promoting the health, mental health, and overall well-being of Haitians living in Haiti and in the Diaspora. A particular focus of the conference is on acknowledging multi-disciplinary collaborations that (a) address gaps in access to and utilization of mental health care; (b) decrease fragmentation in health and social services; and (c) provide comprehensive, integrated, and systems-level programs to improve community wellness. HMH6 | 6 CE Credits | $130 (lunch included) Graduate Students, General Public, Other Professionals No CE Credits | $65 (lunch included) Sponsored by Co-sponsored by Affinities: Maternity & Creativity Haitian Art Exhibition and Celebration of Haitian Heritage Month Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 2018 Everlasting Bond By Frantz Delva