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Howard U. Partners with Bermuda on Psychiatric Care

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By Rebecca Blatt

Howard University is announcing an agreement with Bermuda to provide psychiatric services for the island.

Howard students and staff will collaborate with the island in person and through a telemedicine program.

Dr. William Lawson, the chairman of Howard's Department of Psychiatry, says Bermuda just doesn't have enough psychiatrists.

"It's small, and doesn't have its own training program," Lawson says.

But he says health care providers there are facing very familiar challenges.

"They decided a while back that they were getting away from long-term hospitalization of the severely mentally ill and were looking for ways of returning people to the community," he says.

Lawson says he hopes Howard can help with that transition.

And he hopes the relationship will allow for new insights -- into the impact different cultures have on the experience of mental illness and what psychiatric strategies are transferable.

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