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September 2021

Microagressions and Strategies to Overcome Prejudice

9/24/2021

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST

Presenters: Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, Ed W. Childs, MD, and Ms. Nikita Nautiyal

Access Link: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8305144

Description: The presenters begin with the historical origins of microaggressions as well as current definitions such as microassault, microinsult and microinvalidation. There will be a discussion of studies demonstrating the mental and physical health consequences of a lifetime burden of these experiences. The presentation concludes with individual and institutional strategies to overcome prejudice. Throughout the presentation, there will be personal stories and examples in everyday life and healthcare.


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


Social (In) Justice and Black Children's Mental Health

9/22/2021

Time:  1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

Presenter:  Dr. Sarah Vinson

Description:  Social (In)justice shapes development while driving both mental illness and mental health inequities in youth.  Just as children and adolescents' personal and family history is needed in order to understand and then address mental health symptoms, those who serve black youth also must learn (or, more accurately, relearn) our society’s history and structural injustices to effectively transform its systems. Substantial progress toward mental health equity will not come overnight or without struggle, but in the absence of knowledge about social injustice, it certainly will not come at all.

Objectives:

  1. Identify the relevance of social justice in children's mental health in order to re-examine psychological development, health and illness in the context of U.S. society
  2. Discuss the impact of social hierarchies on diagnostic processes and classifications in order to better serve and support black youth
  3. Self-evaluate the concept of social justice advocacy in order to identify action steps that can be taken to advance justice and, in turn, black youth mental health.

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Increasing Access: Evidence-Based Interventions for Mental Disorders in Underserved Communities

9/15/2021

Title: Increasing Access to Evidence-Based Interventions for Common Mental Disorders in Underserved Communities

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Presenter:  Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, DTM&H

Access Link:  https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8283759

Description:  This webinar will describe effective strategies from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) for increasing access to care in low resource settings and how these strategies can be adapted to similar setting in the United States.  The practices that evidence has proven will be outlined to discuss approaches that can be applied in Low and Middle Income African American communities.


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


Advancing Black LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health: Contemporary Approaches to Understanding & Uprooting

9/14/2021

Title: Advancing Black LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health: Contemporary Approache to Understanding & Uprooting Intersectional Stigma to Promote Wellness

Presenter:  Skyler Jackson (He/Him)

Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity, in partnership with the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

Description:  Accumulating research suggests that multiple, interlocking forms of stigma-related stress (e.g., racism, homophobia, transphobia) drive and maintain behavioral health disparities among Black LGBTQ individuals. Despite this knowledge, most research and clinical interventions related to stigma-related stress focus on one type of stigma (e.g., racism) in isolation from others (e.g., homophobia, transphobia). Intersectionality provides a framework to help researchers and clinicians better understand the multi-dimensional experiences of Black LGBTQ people, but the application of intersectionality to such empirical and clinical efforts remains in its infancy. To address this gap, this webinar includes emerging efforts to better understand and intervene upon links between intersectional stigma and aspects of behavioral health (e.g., mental health, HIV risk) among Black LGBTQ individuals. Delivered by Dr. Skyler Jackson (he/him), this presentation will (a) feature novel experience sampling research illuminating how daily events related to both one’s race and sexual orientation (i.e., intersectional experiences) are associated with day-to-day changes in Black sexual minorities’ psychological well-being and (b) overview recent clinical efforts to develop and test a group-based treatment to address intersectional stigma, mental health, and HIV risk among young gay and bisexual men of color. Future directions, including the applicability of results to clinical, community, and policy-level interventions will be discussed.

 

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Black Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic - What Doe the Data Say?

9/14/2021

Time:  6:00 - 7:00 pm ET

Presenter:  Rashon Lane, PhD

Access Link:  https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item/eid/C2100717

Description:  This webinar will provide an epidemiological and sociological overview of adverse mental health and substance use amid the COVID-19 Pandemic among Black Americans.  Dr. Rashon Lane from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will h ighlight recent studies that describe the state of mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  She will also describe the social and structural factors that exacerbate mental health for Black individuals during the pandemic.  Additionally, trends in US emergncy department visits for mental health and outcomes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic will be shared.


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


Black Minds Matter 2! Learning through the Lens of an African American Family Member

9/8/2021

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Presenter:  Gigi R. Crowder, L.E,

Access Link:  https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item/eid/C2100715

Description:  Do you know what factors have an impact on an African American's mental health?  Although the black lived experiences vary, shared cultural factors have a significant role in mental health amongst the demographic. This webnar will offer attendees a better understanding of what is needed to improve mental health services for African Americans. The presenter will provide culturally responsive approaches, community defined strategies and recommendations for care based on studies she has compiled and lead. She will share useful advocacy tools and skills needed for providers to partner with families living with our supporting a loved one impacted by mental illness.
 


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


August 2021

Pursuing Racial Equity in Mental Health Care: Laying the Foundation for Organizational Readiness

8/25/2021

Time: 1:30 PM EST

Presenter: Dr. Nzinga Harrison

Description: 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 
      improvement
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 

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtfu-orDksG9WtYGUuBDAU7sMpfa4Uga3E


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


Challenging Racial Violence in Mental Health Encounters

8/20/2021

Time: 12:00 PM EST

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

Description: Within the past year we have seen Psychiatry begin taking on the challenge of dismantling systems that perpetuate structural racism within our own field. As care providers, we are increasingly asked to use our power to negotiate the balance between nonmaleficence and clinical judgment. This webinar will look at specific examples of how racial disparities and other racialized violence can manifest while delivering mental health care. Audience response will be used to practice recognizing and intervening in challenging situations which put both patient and provider well-being in jeopardy. During these exercises we will introduce tools that can assist in enhancing the precarious yet essential work of implementing antiracist practices in the workplace.

Access link: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8236245


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


How Did We End Up Here? Racism & the Root Cause of Mental Health Disparities

8/19/2021

Time: 6:00 PM EST

Presenters: Drs. Lara Cox and Akeem Marsh 

Description: This webinar provides a context for current racial disparities in mental health and mental health care by summarizing the history of racism in medicine and psychiatry. It also reviews the source of so-called risk factors that disproportionately affect communities of color. Psychiatrists will understand the influence of biases and be encouraged to examine their role in both the field of psychiatry and their own clinical practice. Also discussed are skills for engaging with patients on issues of race and racism in a realistic, respectful way.

Access link: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8237041



From Drapetomania to Schizophrenia: Systemic Racism, Psychiatry, and Potential Solutions

8/10/2021

Time: 12:00 PM EST

Presenter: Dr. Danielle Hairston

All racism is not overt. Social determinants of health and health disparities are rooted in systemic racism and have a historical context. These inequities and multi-level racism have and continue to impact the mental health of Black Americans and other black, indigenous, and other people of color dermographias. Mental health in this country for African Americans, is influenced by historic, economic, educational, and social barriers. This webinar is grounded in principles of race equity and social justice, and will address the role of power and privilege in perpetuating mental health inequities. This course aims to identify the focus of institutional-level interventions that would be expected to improve racial inequities in psychiatric care. The need for changing traditional structures and culture to those that promote race equity will be a focus of this discussion.

Access link: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8229974


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


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

8/6/2021

Time: 3:00pm ET 

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

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.

Access link: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8214839


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org
For more information: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34023974/


July 2021

Understanding African American Female Mental Health

7/29/2021

The Striving for Excellence Series: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among African Americans/Blacks Through Patient Care presented by APA and Morehouse School of Medicine’s African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence continues! On Thursday, July 29, at 6:00pm ET tune in to view the Understanding African American Female Mental Health webinar hosted by Lauren Carson, founder of Black Girls Smile. Register for the free event today and check out the upcominglive sessions on the website. 

Access link to webinar recording: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8233800 


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


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

7/21/2021

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsdO6srTorGtK2-37FklpM978GQCOU36RK

Time: 1:00 PM

Presenter(s): Dr. Rachel Talley, Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka, & Dr. Kenneth Minkoff

In response to a reinvigorated national dialogue around structural racism, the American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP) aimed to create a tool or roadmap for community behavioral health providers that would:

  1. provide metrics specific to disparity and inequity issues in community behavioral health.
  2.  extend beyond cultural competency and linguistic appropriateness to incorporate structural inequity
  3. promote a stepwise, concrete quality improvement process that could be adapted for self-directed use in community behavioral health settings.

Here, we introduce the Self-assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool (SMART), a quality improvement tool that aims to meet the AACP’s needs in facilitating organizational change in community behavioral healthcare. In this session, we will review previously described health inequity frameworks, highlighting their strengths and their limitations as relates to addressing structural racism in community behavioral health practice.

We will then introduce the key components of the SMART, describing our process in developing this organizational tool based on key inequity issues that are most relevant to community mental health practice. Lastly, we will use a case example to illustrate the process for using the SMART, and describe future directions for piloting this framework.


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org
For more information: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34023974/


Psychological Impact of Racism

7/13/2021

Time: 6:30pm EST

The murder of George Floyd and other high-profile acts of police brutality have sparked a national dialogue about the psychological impacts of racism. In this webinar Dr. Kevin Cokely provides a brief overview of America's history of racism. He discusses how police brutality has prompted Black families to have difficult conversations with their children about racism, the impact that racism has on Black Americans' mental health, and how racism should be conceptualized as psychological trauma. Strategies for coping with racism are provided along with strategies to promote social justice. 

 At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

Access link to webinar recording: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=8204689

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The American Psychiatry Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AACME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Location: https://education.psychiatry.org/diweb/catalog/item?id=6715890
Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


May 2021

Health Disparities Among Black Gay Men at the Intersection of Race and Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

5/19/2021

Dr. Lawrence Bryant examines the impact of health disparities at the intersection of substance use disorders (SUD) and race, among Black gay men. In a community already struggling to find resources, the combined burden of HIV and substance use disorders can be devastating. By bringing awareness to this subject, we can begin to shift attention to meet the needs of an oftentimes overlooked community.

Public health departments, stakeholders, and community-based organizations have novel opportunities to engage specific populations with mechanisms that prioritize value and emphasize impact. This interactive presentation will provide evidence-based research findings and rich discussion to raise awareness of this public health threat among Black gay men.

Objectives

  1. Understand unique circumstances of black gay men with SUD
  2. Operationalize best practices among public health professionals to more accurately meet the needs of this population
  3. Disseminate lessons learned with interested parties and continue identify gaps that may arise. 

Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org
For more information: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpc-qsqz4rHdIFg9ALy9seBP1UlB1vEqrr


April 2021

Cultural & Clinical Factors Affecting Health of BIPOC, Queer & Trans, & Communities w/Disabilities

4/21/2021

Dr. Nzinga Harrison uses a mix of didactic, audience response, and interactive personal introspection exercises with the goal of pushing healthcare staff to identify personal, programmatic, systemic, and policy factors that contribute to health disparities seen in Black communities. The workshop presents evidence-based strategies for addressing those factors. 

 


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org


March 2021

Structural Racism and Black Mental Health

3/5/2021

Dr. Vinson explores the historical and contemporary context of structural racism and its role in the social determinants of health, and identifies steps we can take to identify and address the associated behavioral health challenges.

 


Contact Email: info@africanamericanbehavioralhealth.org