Farbod Kadkhoda obtained his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Sociology and his Master’s in Sociology from Columbia University in 2013. He was a research associate at the center and helped to coordinate Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital’s Quality Improvement Initiatives as well as projects related to the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative. Additionally, Farbod provided support for several health technological related mental health interventions led by Dr. Armen Arevian.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved as part of the overall County Strategic Plan, a Health Neighborhood Initiative under the leadership of the Departments of Mental Health, Public Health and Health Services, to support integration/coordination of services for shared clients with behavioral health problems such as depression while also addressing one or more, community-prioritized social determinants of health/mental health. This program is based partially on the approach and findings of the Community Partners in Care study of the Center for Health Services and Society. The new Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, will partner with Los Angeles County and community-based agencies to develop and evaluate the pilot phase of this initiative.