Race-based health disparities have gained increased attention from health professionals, public health experts, and the public. Currently, there is momentum on addressing health inequities among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Within the movement to address health inequities, mental health must be prioritized. Opportunity barriers resulting from systemic, avoidable and unjust social and economic policies and practices impact an individual’s ability to access needed mental health services. Similarly, mental health professionals often provide care, run clinical services, and design health policies without considering health inequities within their own system. Bias and ignorance can sustain inaccurate perceptions about the origins and impact of mental health inequities. During this webinar, Dr. Holden reviews the needs of and equity barriers experienced by underserved and underrepresented populations in the Southeast and discusses potential strategies to promote wellness, access to healing and resilience among ethnically and culturally diverse individuals.
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