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Flip the Script: Creating a New Narrative

June 13 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

A Behavioral Health Disparities Symposium

Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH) welcomes you to attend our health equity symposium aimed to address racial & ethnic disparities in the behavioral health system. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions and workshops, while gaining insight from several renowned local speakers who are passionate about challenging stigma and breaking down barriers to seeking care. Keynote speakers include Valarie Cunningham from The Synergy Health Center and Kevin Fischer of NAMI. Join us as we explore different perspectives on behavioral health and foster a new positive narrative for the communities we serve.


  • Valarie Cunningham: Racial Disparities in Black Mental Health
  • Dr. Shea-Lin Shobowale-Benson: Fear & Faith: Stigma in the Faith Based Community
  • Carlos Brown: Addressing Mistrust: Treatment in Practice (TIP)
  • Kevin Fischer: Stop Stigma