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Healh Forum – Is Dublin going to become Detroit?

Ethnic Minority Health Forum (EMHF); the meeting is on Tuesday 08th March 2011 International Women Day @ 10.50 am at Cairde, 19 Belvedere Place, Dublin 1.

(Lunch will be provided and a €5.00 transport will be paid at the end of the meeting).

Dr. Carla’s Groh visit to Ireland is to facilitate sharing good practises in the area of women’s health and to enable Irish policy makers and service providers to learn from the Detroit experience.

Over the past 50 years the Detroit metropolitan area has followed a pattern of change in which the city and its suburbs have become increasingly stratified by race and income. At the moment Detroit’s population is predominantly African American (81.5%) and the city has the most segregated neighbourhoods in the United States. In 2005, Detroit had the second highest rate of poverty in the nation with a median household income for Blacks of $37,005 vs. $73, 000 for Whites.

About Dr. Carla Groh

Dr. Groh works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Mercy Primary Care Center for the uninsured & McAuley Health Center in Detroit. Primary care centre is located on the east side of Detroit. This area has the highest poverty level in the city of Detroit, and most surrounding census tracts qualify as medically underserved areas (MUAs). The vast majority of patients who come to the primary care centre are African American (94%) and women (67%) with incomes at or below the federal poverty level (80%).
She does individual therapy with women and men who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and who are confronted by various socioeconomic issues. Dr.Groh has implemented several lifestyle change interventions focusing on mental health and obesity.

Dr. Groh has been also at the University of Detroit Mercy since 1996 teaching within all the programs in the College of Health Professions. Her primary teaching interests include research methods, health policy and women’s studies. Dr. Groh’s research interests include women’s mental health, especially the impact of class, race, and gender on mental health. She has conducted research on the adult mother-daughter relationship; adolescent female offenders; the role of hardiness as a mediator of stress in older women; and most recently, the experiences of couples undergoing infertility treatment.

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