I will be speaking on:
Understanding and Identifying Mental Health Issues
The Intersection of Faith and Mental Health
Rev. Dr. Que English, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shares the most recent data from the federal government on mental health challenges and describes resources and efforts to address mental health through faith and community partners.
Rev. Dr. Que English serves as the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services and works closely with the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The HHS Center’s core focus areas include addressing COVID-19, maternal health, mental health in youth, suicide prevention, and substance use disorder inclusive of overdose prevention. Working with the Operating Divisions housed within HHS like the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Rev. Dr. English and the Center seek to address the priorities identified by the Biden-Harris Administration.
As a coalition builder and network strategist, Rev. Dr. Que English joins HHS from the State of New York where she served as the Deputy Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Development Services. Here she identified opportunities to elevate strengths and identify new opportunities to build relationships with the faith-based community. She also conceptualized and was instrumental in forming the faith-based office in the Office of the Mayor of New York City. She has brought together several roundtables and interfaith coalitions to create and implement strategic plans to tackle NY’s most problematic issues. She is the Founder and past President of Not On My Watch, Inc., an organization formed to combat human trafficking and domestic violence through education, training and community and policy advocacy.
In 2022, she was featured in City & State as 1 of the top 10 “100 Most Influential Religious Leaders in the State of New York” listing. In 2015, she was named 1 of 25 Most Influential Women in the Bronx. She was awarded the Sojourner Truth Award and the Bethune-Height Legacy Award by the National Council of Negro Women. These awards point to Dr. English’s wealth of knowledge she brings to her current role from her advocacy work with the criminal justice system, to substance abuse issues, health and mental health, human trafficking, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, civil rights and more. She received her Master and Doctorate degrees from New York Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Ministry Award, the highest award given to a graduating doctoral student.