PRA Culture

PRA Celebrates Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month! Mental Health Month is an opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health care and to share resources and support to encourage people to seek help when they need it. To honor the month, PRA staff shared their answers two questions: Why does mental health awareness matter? What does mental… Read More


Macro shot of puzzle pieces

Mental health awareness matters because we are all affected by it. It is at the center of so many issues affecting our country. Along with issues of poverty and trauma, mental health is woven right into the fabric of our society. Through mental health awareness campaigns and by being an advocate, a voice, for people… Read More


Pink notebook on a pink desk with a plant, pen, and paper surrounding the book

At PRA, we have a number of “boards” around the office.  These boards are bulletin boards maintained by staff and various committees to share information and materials with staff.  For example, our Cultural Competence Board, maintained by PRA’s Cultural Competence Committee, has featured pieces on intersectionality, implicit bias, and trauma.  Our Wellness Board, created by… Read More


Writing for Wellness Financial Wellness

When people think about their financial wellness they are often thinking about the nasty four letter word D-E-B-T. I could tell you all about “good” debt vs. “bad” debt but I want you to read the entire blog post without your eyes glazing over. I’d much rather provide tips on how to manage, save, and… Read More


Picture of an airplane flying through the clouds

Ashley’s Favorite Food Halls In the never-ending search for good food everywhere and in particular places I’m traveling for work, I like to seek out food halls. These have popped up not only in trendy cities (even Albany!), and are typically upscale food courts, with multiple rotating or permanent vendors cooking and selling out of… Read More


Growing Clover

Recently, in conversation with someone, I was asked “if I feel lucky.” I responded by telling her I do feel lucky—in fact, sometimes I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world. What defines “luck,” though? I can tell you that when I was younger, I never felt particularly lucky. I focused more… Read More


Diverse group of hands fist bumping over a conference table

Last summer I had the privilege of attending the New York State Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc. conference on “Confronting Health Inequity.” This conference was aimed at creating a dialogue on the impact of racism on mental health. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ruth Shim, who is the Director of Cultural Psychiatry, and an associate professor… Read More


Overhead shot of a coffee cup, notebook with pen, stethoscope, computer, glasses, and cellphone

In October 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Annual Conference as my professional development for the year. One class I attended was particularly interesting, especially given the population we often advocate for here at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). Judi Kosterman, Ph.D., from the… Read More


Woman standing under a cliff looking out at sea

I was in a 9-year relationship with someone who has a severe and persistent mental illness. It was the only romantic relationship I really knew, and it was something that I hoped with every piece of me would remain the same. This person was unique, intelligent, funny, and charming. This person had a series of… Read More


Running Series Part 3: Inspiring Surroundings

This is part three of a three-part running series. Read part one here. Read part two here. During a podcast I was recently listening to, one of the guests stated that research shows that living by water is good for your health.  As I looked into this claim I came across a book by Wallace Nichols… Read More