Social Work LIVE: Carmela Alcántara on Sleep and Health
Join our weekly Facebook LIVE series, with host Michael Friedman.
This week Professor Friedman will be interviewing Dr. Carmela Alcántara on the topic of “Sleep Well. Your Health May Depend on It”(more details below).
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About This Week’s Guest
Insufficient and poor sleep affects 50 million adults in the United States and is associated with significant public health burden and economic costs. While there are effective behavioral interventions to treat chronic insomnia, these options are not widely available for Spanish-speakers and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Associate Professor Carmela Alcántara (bio), who directs the Sleep, Mind & Health Research Program at the Columbia School of Social Work, will provide an overview of how sleep impacts both physical and mental health. She will go on to describe her research on how Latinos and Hispanics sleep and its connection to health, and the digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia intervention her research team is developing for Spanish-speaking Latino/a primary care patients.
About the Host
Michael Friedman is a social worker with over fifty years of experience in mental health and public policy. He has chaired, founded, or directed numerous city and state agencies and published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and essays, including a parody, The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas. Since retiring he has continued to teach at the Columbia School of Social Work and to write about mental health, aging, and other topics at www.MichaelBFriedman.com and in a column for MedPageToday. He is also a semi-professional photographer and jazz pianist.
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NOTE: This semester’s last episode of Social Work LIVE will take place on *Tuesday*, December 11, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., on the topic of the migrant caravans. Stay tuned for sign-up information.