Racism is an Addiction. Racism is Trauma. How Do We Use Existing Skills & Knowledge to Drive Equity?
Presenter: Dr. Nzinga Harrison
Description: Often, individuals and systems feel overwhelmed at the magnitude of the problem of racism, with a sense of not knowing what to do. As behavioral health clinicians, administrators and executives, we have a unique skillset that has prepared us to impact health disparities experienced by Black communities by driving ourselves, programs, organizations and systems towards equity in behavioral health services. This webinar will conceptualize racism as an addiction and trauma, and posit discreet interventions used in addiction treatment and trauma-informed systems that can be applied to health equity work in the behavioral health space.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the parallels between racism and addiction
2. Understand racim as a trauma
3. Understand the impact of racism on health
4. Apply evidence-based strategies from addiction treatement and trauma-informed care to mitigate the effects of racism on health and healthcare
5. Initiate conversations about racism and health
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