February 07, 2024


For the first episode of Black History Month, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with Dr. Mikah Owen and Dr. Roy Wade Jr. about the long-term mental and physical health effects of racism and adverse childhood experiences, and what we can do on an individual and societal level to address the symptoms and causes of these toxic stressors. Tune in to hear about real life examples, what the research says and actionable next steps each of us can take.

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Featured Guest:

Dr. Micah Owen

Dr. Mikah Owen

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikah-owen-96a231109/ Twitter / X: @MikahOwenMD

Mikah Owen, MD, is a principal investigator of the UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN), the organization that implements the ACEs Aware initiative on behalf of the California Department of Health Care Services and the Office of the California Surgeon General. He previously served as UCAAN’s Senior Director of Clinical and Academic Programs and Health Equity since August 2022.

Dr. Owen is a practicing pediatrician who works with system-impacted youth in the Sacramento County juvenile justice system. Prior to joining UCAAN, he was a clinical advisor to the ACEs Aware initiative and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis.

Owen earned an MD at UCSF and completed his Pediatric Residency at UC Davis and a fellowship in Community and Societal Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. He also completed the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership at Yale University.

Dr. Roy Wade

Dr. Roy Wade Jr.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roy-wade-9ba6b236/

Roy Wade, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a general pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Cobbs Creek Primary Care. His research interests focus on the intersection between childhood poverty, adversity, and well-being. Through his work, he plans to translate research on the science of childhood adversity and toxic stress into effective strategies to improve community level systems of care in economically distressed communities.

Dr. Wade has a PhD in Microbiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, completing his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. After residency, Dr. Wade completed a Commonwealth Fund Harvard Minority Health Policy Fellowship at the Harvard School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health earning a MPH in Health Policy and Management. He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


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About the Host:

Dan Gillison

Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.

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Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. is the chief executive officer of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Prior to his work at NAMI, he served as executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) in addition to several other leadership roles at various large corporations such as Xerox, Nextel, and Sprint. He is passionate about making inclusive, culturally competent mental health resources available to all people, spending time with his family, and of course playing tennis.

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