Mission: The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents) Project addresses the mental health (esp. depression) needs of African American and other youth of color by developing and implementing rigorous, culturally relevant, patient centered, community-engaged research and clinical care.
Vision: With our mission in mind, we utilize the methodologies of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and traditional behavioral clinical trials to develop culturally relevant interventions that inform:
- The public about the unique mental health needs of African American and racially diverse youth (especially in the areas of depression and treatment engagement)
- The mental health field about the unique perspectives of African American and racially diverse families regarding depression, treatment engagement and mental health disparities.