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Psychiatry professor honored for her work organizing and leading the Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Task Force
The University of Hawaiʻi Psychiatrist Dr. Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda was recognized today as the 2017 Outstanding Community Mental Health Leader by Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi.
Mental Health America of Hawai’i said Dr. Sugimoto-Matsuda “has provided leadership and support to a number of community task forces, research projects and policy initiatives on suicide prevention and mental health. As an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), she built thriving partnerships on each island that continue today as she leads the Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Task Force. She exemplifies skills as a community-based researcher by working carefully and persistently to establish and maintain trusting relationships with community members and leaders, facilitating the implementation of suicide prevention programs and working closely with each site to develop suicide prevention action plans.”