Psychiatrists for Community Empowerment (P4CE) Committee
Chair, Anna Costakis, M.D.

Committee Charge

We believe that high quality mental health care and education can strengthen a community by improving mental health awareness, access to treatment, and decreasing stigma associated with mental illness. Better mental health of a community can lead to healthier families, less over-utilization of the healthcare system, fewer missed work days, improved quality of life, less substance abuse, decreased domestic violence and sexual abuse, and less violence. We also believe that access to height quality mental health care is a right for every member of society.
Our mission is to expand access to mental health care by forging relationships between psychiatrists and community based organizations and help psychiatrists make an IMPACT on the community by:
1. By providing pro bono mental health services to the under-served
2. Teach self-help strategies to community organizations
3. Provide psycho-educational lectures

*If you would like more information about this committee, please contact us at [email protected].

Past Events

Homelessness in NYC: Why Involuntary Removal is Not the Answer & Strategies for Moving Forward
April 19, 2023

Policies, Practice & the Public Sector: An Evening with OMH Commissioner, Ann Sullivan, M.D.
November 12, 2019

The Psychiatrists for Community Empowerment (P4CE) Committee was honored to host Dr. Ann Sullivan, OMH Commissioner, who discussed her path to leadership and public service. She also informed attendees on how key policies and initiatives help shape care for our patients in the community, and provided an opportunity to discuss new ideas and challenges on the horizon.

So you want to change the world? A panel of psychiatrists making a lasting impact
April 26, 2018

With ongoing changes in health care reform, rising numbers of incarcerated and homeless population, it is becoming more difficult to work with and care for some of our most vulnerable populations. How can we make a lasting impact and bring significant sustainable change to our communities? Dr. Stephanie Lemelle, Dr. Bipin Subedi, and Dr. Van Yu discussed their experiences in community care and recovery, including the best ways of engaging our communities in NYC. 

Volunteer Day 
March 19, 2016

P4CE volunteered at the New York City Food Bank in West Harlem. 


Disaster Relief 

Following the devastating hurricanes that affected so many in the southern states and Caribbean in 2017, the Psychiatrists for Community Empowerment (P4CE) Committee, spearheaded initiatives to help our colleagues in Puerto Rico and raise funds for general Disaster Relief. The initiatives included arranging for the collection and shipment of much-needed supplies to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Medicine, partnering with the APA Foundation to raise money for its Disaster Relief Fund (which included adding a fundraising component to our annual Bowling Night), and member contributions to a P4CE member’s WishList for a medical mission trip to Puerto Rico.