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Raising Joy: Utilizing Pediatricians to Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis with Anu Partap, M.D., M.P.H

In the latest episode of Raising Joy, Dr. Anu Partap discusses new tools to address mental health crisis and how children are effected by social determinants.

Listen to Episode 12 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. You can also listen on our YouTube channel. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.

In episode 12 of the Raising Joy podcast, Anu Partap, M.D., M.P.H., Cook Children’s Physician Director of Health Equity, joins Wini King and Kristen Pyrc, M.D., to discuss new tools to address mental health crisis and how children are affected by social determinants of health.

Dr. Partap discusses the important role pediatricians play in addressing the youth mental health crisis. Dr. Partap recently spearheaded an effort to bring the nonprofit organization REACH Institute to train about 60 Cook Children’s pediatricians. Dr. Partap says the training program is a way to ensure equitable access to mental health care by advancing the skills of primary care pediatricians to whom families first come for help.

In this episode, she also explains what social determinants of health are, as well as how discrimination and racism impact the mental and physical health of children and teens.

Dr. Partap has been a pediatrician for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in the realms of public health, mental health, family violence, child abuse, foster care and adverse childhood experiences. 

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s JOY Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the JOY Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts and YouTube.