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Racism, Chronic Disease, and Mental Health: Time to Change Our Racialized System of Second-Class Care
Publication Date: Sep 27 2021
In this article, we describe how the “weathering hypothesis” and Adverse Childhood Experiences set the stage for higher rates of chronic disease, mental health disorders and maternal mortality seen in African American adults. We illustrate the toll that untreated and overtreated mental health disorders have on Black individuals, who have similar rates of mental health disorders as their white counterparts but have fewer outpatient mental health services and higher rates of hospitalizations.
Incorporating Racial Equity into Trauma-Informed Care
Publication Date: Sep 01 2021
Center for Health Care Strategies
This brief offers practical considerations to help health systems and provider practices incorporate a focus on racial equity to enhance trauma-informed care efforts. It draws from the experiences of two federally qualified health centers — the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services in Philadelphia and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C
Keeping Race at the Center of School Discipline Practices and Trauma-Informed Care: An Interprofessional Framework
Publication Date: Aug 01 2020
Using an interprofessional perspective, this framework delineates how school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors can support their schools to integrate interprofessional, trauma-informed, and race-centered practices into a behavioral intervention. Ultimately, this article provides in-interpersonal, practice, and structural recommendations that can help practitioners engage in equitable discipline decision making.
Health Risk Behaviors and Resilience Among Low-Income, Black Primary Care Patients
Publication Date: Jul 01 2020
National Library of Medicine
This study describes an intervention with low-income, Black primary care patients and their experience in changing a health risk behavior. Participant themes, including behavioral coping, personal values, accomplishments and strengths, barriers and strategies, and social support, are understood in relationship to health behavior theories
Challenges and Opportunities to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Underserved and Disenfranchised Populations in the United States
Publication Date: Jan 24 2020
The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry
This article investigates the gap in access to and quality of mental health care in the United States. This work first discusses how minority populations are most affected by the treatment gap. It summarizes recent literature on the topic for better understanding the needs of psychiatrically underserved and disenfranchised populations and the causes of mental health disparities. It reviews some of the barriers to behavioral health care, including lack of insurance coverage, lack of community-based interventions, unequal access to evidence-based practices, stigma, mental health workforce shortages, and geographical maldistribution of providers. Second, it reviews opportunities to address these disparities. The article provides examples of effective interventions that researchers worldwide have already implemented to address the gap of mental health services within the collaborative care model and global mental health initiatives. Telepsychiatry and improvements in training of the mental health workforce are also listed as useful implementations to overcome the treatment gap for patients seeking mental health care.