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August 2021

(SMART) The Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool


Webinar time: August 6 at 3:00pm ET 

Presenters: Dr. Rachel Talley, Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka, & Dr. Kevin Minkoff

Description: This webinar will present the American Association for Community Psychiatry's Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART). SMART was specifically designed to help behavioral health services organizations design and implement data driven quality improvement activities to address the impact of structural racism inside their organization. It addresses key areas such as organizational culture, hiring and recruitment, service delivery, community impact, and data/evaluation. Participants will learn about how the tool was developed, receive instructions on how to use it, and will be able to immediately use the tool to begin to address racism in their own organizations. In response to a reinvigorated national dialogue around structural racism, the American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP) aimed to create a tool or roadmap that would support community mental health providers in addressing issues of disparity and inequity. The Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART) is a quality improvement tool that aims to guide community health providers through a stepwise, concrete quality improvement process. SMART extends beyond issues of cultural competency and linguistic appropriateness to address structural issues of specific relevance to community mental health based on existing literature. In this webinar, we will review the development and content of SMART, and will guide attendees through the process of implementing this new tool in community mental health settings.

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Racial Identification's Importance in Treatment


Time: 3:00pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Constance Dunlap

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Navigating Racism: Addressing the Pervasive Role of Racial Bias in Mental Health


Time: Noon EST

Presenter(s): Dr. Paul Maitland-McKinley, Dr. David Nagarkattie-Gude, & Dr. Karina Espana

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Contact Name: Dr. Espana, Dr.Maitland-McKinley, Dr. Nagarkattie-
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Pursuing Racial Equity in Mental Health Care: Laying the Foundation for Organizational Readiness


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Often, motivated by sentinel events, organizations move directly to implementing individual equity initiatives, without first grounding the work in the organizational readiness and cultural change that is necessary to support longevity of such initiatives.  Each learner will leave this hands-on seminar with an understanding of concepts, concrete tools, processes and strategies that will enable them to contribute to cultural change management and development of sustainable initiatives to address race and identity inequity and health disparities in their workplace.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1.  Understand existing data that reflects workforce inequity and health 
      disparities in black communities
2.  Utilize data to identify inequity and resultant opportunities for 
3.  Utilize a standardized tool to raise organizational awareness of staff 
      competencies and organizational operations
4.  Describe the ADKAR model of organizational change
5.  Apply data analysis, organizational awareness assessment results and 
      the ADKAR model to the development of an organizational action plan 
      towards equity 

Contact Name: Dr. Nzinga Harrison
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Increasing Access to Mental Health Care in Low- and Middle Communities


Time: Noon EST

Presenter: Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho

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Contact Name: Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho
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October 2021

Racism is an Addiction. Racism is Trauma. How Do We Use Existing Skills & Knowledge to Drive Equity?


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 
5.  Initiate conversations about racism and health

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