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ECMHMatters Podcast – Episode 2

Malika speaks with our DPH partner, Kate Roper about her experience developing strategic partnerships that create impact. Also in this episode, we interview three LAUNCH team members (Jackie Rue, Molly Brigham and Andrea Goncalves-Oliviera) about being on the first teams to implement LAUNCH at Codman Square Health Center and Boston Medical Center. They share what it was like to work in the LAUNCH dyad model and LAUNCH changed their practice.

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Kate Roper

Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Malika Arty

System of Care Program Manager
Early Childhood Mental Health Department
Boston Public Health Commission

Malika Arty was born in Cambridge, Ma and spent her early years in Amherst, Ma. While living in Amherst gave her a great foundation of arts, culture and education; moving back to Cambridge in her teens helped her identify with her West Indian lineage. These and many other life experiences fostered her strong work ethic and passion for community activism. As a young mother of 3 children, Malika sought out roles that would offer her the flexibility to be with her children.

Malika’s resume includes work as a Home based coach for Early Childhood Literacy, Youth Mentor, High school Cheerleading Coach, Sr. Family Partner, Coordinator of Family Driven Practice for the Department of Mental Health and now the Early Childhood Program Manager at the Boston Public Health Commission. Malika realized early on that her life’s work would be in service to youth and families in her community. Malika is a certified Wraparound Trainer and Wraparound Process Mentor and has found her passion where her lived experience and professional training meet to promote family driven practice throughout child and family serving systems.

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