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Responding to the urgent need for greater equity and effectiveness in behavioral health services for African Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a new National Center, the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (AABH-COE).
From its administrative and academic home in the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, the new Center of Excellence will develop and disseminate training, technical assistance (TA), and resources to help healthcare practitioners eliminate behavioral health disparities within this large and diverse population.
Founded October 1, 2020, this innovative yet deeply grounded Center has been structured to mobilize the scholarship and expertise of many distinguished voices in African American behavioral health and health
equity, the knowledge and wisdom of multiple national bodies representing a broad spectrum of Black stakeholders, and the established networks of a host of strategic partners committed to marketing and disseminating the new Center’s products and services.
Dr. Dawn Tyus, the Director and Principal Investigator of the Southeast Addiction Technology
Transfer Center (SATTC), located in the National Center for Primary Care was awarded a five
year 3.5-million-dollar grant on September 28, 2020. This funding was awarded by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a Center of
Excellence focused on African American Behavioral Health Disparities.
Building on the expertise of Morehouse School of Medicine and our large/diverse community of
Black stakeholders, scientists, and educators, the African American Center of Excellence for
Behavioral Health Disparities will use innovative, evidence-based, culturally aligned systems-
change, workforce development, technology transfer, and collaborative national partnerships to
eliminate disparities and promote behavioral health and health equity for African Americans.
The center of excellence proposed to meet the following goals.
Dr. Tyus and the SATTC team are excited about this new venture, and even more excited to be
continuing the vision on Morehouse School of Medicine, where we are leading the creation and
advancement of health equity.