What is RedeAmericas?
RedeAmericas is one of the Latin American hubs of an innovative global mental health network with an overarching goal: to improve the condition of people living with mental disorders.
Our main objectives are to develop practical and effective public mental health services, to promote community mental health services that operate in coordination with the rest of the local health care system, and to develop a cohesive regional network. We are launching several strategic initiatives to meet these goals, and to build a platform upon which to sustain ongoing work over the long term.
Who is involved in RedeAmericas?
RedeAmericas brings together an interdisciplinary group of investigators from urban centers in Argentina (Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Neuquén), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Chile (Santiago), Colombia (Medellín), and in the United States (New York City).
The project is governed by a Leadership Group that includes representatives from all the sites with decades of experience in developing interventions in the Americas, and particularly in Latin America.
RedeAmericas has teams in each site who work together synergistically to have a greater impact.
- Capacity building. Our programs offer opportunities for study, training, honing research skills, and mentorship to young researchers in mental health. We seek to help provide a platform for the next generation of young investigators in Latin America and to facilitate collaboration between researchers in North and South America
- Pilot Regional trial of a task shifting intervention. We are testing an intervention designed to assist individuals with a psychotic illness at the critical time when they enroll in a community mental health center. The intervention helps them develop enduring ties to mental health and primary healthcare services and community supports, as well as to learn skills for promoting their own recovery. This intervention is called Critical Time Intervention-Task Shifting (CTI-TS), an adaptation of an earlier version of this evidence-based model. CTI-TS engages qualified workers and peer-mentors to take over community oriented tasks from health and mental health units, and to provide these services in the community. In this study, we are evaluating the feasibility of carrying out a randomized clinical trial of this intervention in one major urban center of three countries in Latin America–Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Santiago in Chile, and Buenos Aires in Argentina.
- Engaging stakeholders. In coordination with community and government representatives, health service providers, educators, policy makers, media professionals, service users and their families, we build awareness of mental health issues and opportunities for advancement.
- A cohesive, active regional network for mental health research. Through ongoing communication among the members of RedeAmericas, and by training a next generation of leaders, we are creating a cohesive regional network that can be sustained over the long term. Communication follows naturally from our work because the network continuously engenders new ideas and opportunities for outstanding research by RedeAmericas’ current leaders as well as trainees.
RedeAmericas is funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).