Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m., Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, OHSU, will be presenting, "The Interconnections Project - partnering with African-American and Latina women to address depression and violence." The lecture will be held at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union, Cascade Room 236.
This presentation is part of the Collaborative Health and Social Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by PSU's Department of Sociology, Black Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Chicano-Latino Studies, School of Social Work, Regional Research Institute and School of Community Health; and OHSU's Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. There will be an optional opportunity for discussion following the lecture from 4-4:30.
The Interconnections Project is a community participatory research project to reduce depression care disparities in African-American and Latina domestic violence survivors. Academic and community partners collaborated over a 5 year period to assess needs and develop and test two culturally-tailored, community-based depression interventions. It is a collaboration between OHSU, PSU, Bradley Angle House's Healing Roots Center, and Familias en Accion.
Dr. Nicolaidis completed her MD degree at Columbia University and her MPH degree at the University of Washington (UW); served as a Resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at OHSU; and completed fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UW. She has focused most of her research career on improving the health and healthcare of populations that have traditionally not been well-served in the healthcare system. She often uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, partnering with domestic violence survivors, African-Americans and Latinos, and other minority communities to address issues such as interpersonal violence, depression, chronic pain, patient-centered communication and health disparities. Dr. Nicolaidis also teaches and practices Internal Medicine, supervising residents and students in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.