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August 2022

“But Why Though?”: The Marginalization of Black Americans in Children’s Media

8/11/2022 - 8/11/2022

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern


Over the years, Disney movies have continued to present trends in which Black characters lack evolution and development that mirror the current society. Throughout this presentation the movies: Soul, Prince and the Frog, and Spies in Disguise will be utilized as examples of this phenomenon since all three movies have “Black” lead characters, but in reality, they spend most of the film in another form. In addition, this presentation will also focus on how the villains in Disney films often have darker features that have been equated to negative connotations such as “evil, bad”. This notion is witnessed in the Clark Doll Study’s results which showed children identifying dark skinned dolls as “bad” and later self-identifying with the dolls (Clark 1941). The study was replicated by CNN “AC360” in 2010 which highlights the continued stereotypical viewpoints of colorism and how it is developed at a young age (Cooper 2010).

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Professional Advocacy Through a Health Equity Lens

8/5/2022 - 8/5/2022

Presenter:  Steven Starks, MD

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern


This webinar will review the history of mental health policies and their roots in inequality and racial discrimination.? Modern-day approaches to equity in mental health must confront this past and support reforms to address barriers for racialized and minoritized communities.

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July 2022

The Traumatic Impact of Supreme Court Rulings on the Mental Health of Marginalized Populations



Recent Supreme Court rulings have served to highlight the court’s long-standing effect on the lives of marginalized peoples. These rulings are only part of the court’s larger history of systemic injustice that disproportionately affects minority communities, and yet is rarely considered in the day-to-day practice of working with people seeking mental health services.

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Can We Talk?: Issues and Trends in the Black Gay Community

7/13/2022 - 7/13/2022

Presenter:  Dr. Lawrence Bryant

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Objectives for the Panel Discussion:

1) Discuss issues related to bisexuality in the Black Gay Community

2) Explore health-related issues among transgender people

3) Examine issues related to HIV/AIDS among Black gay men

4) Examine issues related to the economics of HIV in the black gay community

5) Describe issues related to service providers in the LGBTQ+ community.

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June 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Another Look!


Diversity & inclusion recognizes that diversity alone is not enough; equal attention must be given to creating and cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment. This workshop provides realistic and practical strategies for creating an inclusive, respectful, and anti-racist workplace and addresses some of our biggest challenges in promoting these strategies. 


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Understanding the Impact of Racism on Psychosis for Black Americans

6/16/2022 - 6/16/2022

Presenter:  Beshaun Davis, PhD

Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM

Description: This webinar will focus on understanding the impact of structural, institutional, and interpersonal racism on etiology, diagnosis, engagement with services, pathways to care, and long-term outcomes for Black Americans with psychosis. Attendees will understand the enduring impact of racism on services for Black consumers with psychosis and preliminary work on solutions to better meet the needs of Black consumers and their families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss reflect on theimpact of structural and institutional racism on the prodromal phase of psychosis and pathways to care
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of barriers to engaging clients of color in FEP care, and
  3.  Implement novel approaches to improving engagement and outcomes for clients of color.

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May 2022

Advancing Maternal Health Equity: Delivering Solutions through Research, Community, Practice and Pol


Presenter:  Natalie Hernandez, PhD, MPH

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

This talk will discuss the current state of Black maternal health. This talk will highlight the role of a historically Black medical school in its fight for maternal health justice. The presentation will highlight the work of the Center for Maternal Health Equity at Morehouse School of Medicine in pursuing equity through interdisciplinary translational research, inter-professional training, outreach, education, and community engagement, policy and advocacy, and respectful health care. The presentation will feature specific projects from MSM investigators that are addressing maternal health inequities.


  1. Describe clinical and non-clinical implications and determinants of inadequate maternal care;
  2. Evaluate community needs that can be addressed to reduce maternal health inequities; and
  3. Identify maternal health, clinical, and community care innovations.

Location: Virtual
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April 2022

The Shades of Justice: Blue, Brown, Black, Green


Presenter: Dionne Hart, MD

The presentation will explore the laws and societal movements that led to America’s status as the world’s number one jailer. The webinar will describe the racial, gender and health care disparities within correctional facilities and the policies and politics that reinforce them. Finally, the presentation will explore barriers to successful community reentry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the overrepresentation of minorities involved with the criminal justice systems and individuals living with mental health disorders.
  • Assess polices that demonstrate how we undervalue individuals involved with the criminal justice system.
  • Mitigate the barriers to reentry and the social determinants of health and stigma.

Location: Virtual
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Who Gets Left Out? Racial Inequities in Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment


Presenters: Michelle Durham, MD, MPH & Christine Crawford, MD, MPH 

There are mental health diagnoses where evidence suggest there is little or no difference in incidence, yet Black people and other people of color are not being diagnosed or treated for these mental health conditions. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment is complicated by clinician bias, racism, discrimination. Clinicians must recognize their own biases and the history of unequal treatment to provide an accurate diagnostic evaluation to improve treatment of Black people and other people of color.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the historical context and structural racism in mental health diagnosis and treatment
  • Identify examples of bias and racism in common mental health diagnosis
  • Discuss strategies to reduce bias and racism in mental health diagnosis and treatment

Location: Virtual
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No More Secrets: Shedding Light on Eating Disorders in the African American Community



Speaker: Rachel W. Goode, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Eating disorders were historically believed to be a concern of affluent, young, White women. New emerging evidence indicates that disordered eating is also present among African American and/or Black individuals. Due to lack of training, however, identifying disordered eating in this population may be challenging for providers. 

This webinar provides an overview of disordered eating in African Americans, examines culturally-relevant questions to guide assessments of eating behaviors, and reports on emerging trends in the application of established treatments for this population. After viewing this webinar, you will be able to:


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March 2022

Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase (DIPS for Dollars)

3/30/2022 - 3/31/2022

Join us for a virtual, two-day webinar series to provide information about service, loan repayment, and fellowship opportunities for HBCU students and Black American practitioners in behavioral health fields.

Day One: Federal agencies will showcase their loan repayment and service opportunities for behavioral health students and professionals. Several programs will be featured including the National Institute of Health, U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, Indian Health Service, and the U.S. Public Health Service.

Day Two: On day two, SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grantees will showcase their programs i the areas of counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology, nursing, psychiatry, and social work. Additionally, MFP Fellows will share their success stories in a moderated panel discussion. 

Recordings of this event will be available on the AABH-CoE website soon!


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January 2022

Creating a Healing Forest: The Entire African American Community as the Recovery Center


Presenter: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC. 

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Upon discharge from residential treatment or release from incarceration, many African Americans seeking recovery, often return to communities where there is easy access to drugs, a drug using peer group and family, high unemployment and communities in despair. This increases the risk of a return to drug use.  In this presentation you will learn a paradigm shift which will enable you to view the entire African American community as the recovery center. Topics covered includes: how to create "A healing forest" to promote recovery in African American Communities; how to shift from the acute care model of addictions treatment towards a recovery oriented system of care anchored in the natural environment; the use of ROSC Councils to promote recovery, the role of families, persons in long term recovery; nurses, doctors, faith based and business communities in promoting recovery in African American Communities; how to mobilize the entire community to promote recovery. Examples will be drawn from African American, rural, metropolitan, and Native American Communities.

OBJECTIVES: by the end of this presentation participants will:


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December 2021

How Alcoholism, Grief, & Loss Impact African American Families: Treatment, Interventions & Resources


Presenter:  Lucy R. Cannon, Ed.D, LCSW, LICSW, CCDP-D, MATS

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alcoholism in America is on the rise since the COVID-19 Pandemic that has led to high rates of death especially in African American communities.  Grief and loss in African American families is not uncommon in the United States.  

"There are many factors that contribute to the grief process that African Americans experience that is oftentimes different from Caucasians and other races. Alcoholism and grief have a relationship with each other and healthcare professionals must have the necessary skills needed to meet the needs of African Americans and other minorities who are self-medicating with alcohol to rid themselves of the pain of losing a love one. Their grief and losses are caused by many factors to include; losses to homicides, a diminished lifespan, a history of sociological disadvantages, poverty, racism, oppression, police brutality, civil injustices, incarceration, and drug and alcohol abuse" (Jordan).

Which comes first, is it alcohol, grief, or both? It is difficult to answer this question because it depends on the individual’s life experiences and cultural influences. Alcohol like other drugs, is used to help individuals manage or escape with the pain of grieving the death of a loved one. This workshop will focus on the following;

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October 2021

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


Presenter: Nzinga Harrison, M.D., FASAM

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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September 2021

Returning Race to the Clinical Dialogue: Maximizing use of Ethnoracial Demographics in Clinical Care


Time:  12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Presenter:  Constance E. Dunlap, MD, DFAPA

Description: Just as we have begun to acknowledge the role, relevance, and reality of racial bias and racism and their impact on clinical care, medical students, residents and fellows are being encouraged to omit racial demographics in oral and written clinical reports. This is ostensibly done to prevent biased medical decisions and compromised medical treatment. However, omission of rich identifying information and avoidance of the topic has the paradoxical effect of reinforcing unconscious bias and comprising clinical care. What is not acknowledged is not examined. Furthermore, silent disregard of ethnoracial data carries the risk of devaluing clinical material that conveys rich cultural history, healthy coping mechanisms, and sources of support that help us to understand how a patient navigates a world shaped by race and racism. Avoidance of race does not promote better treatment. Elimination of bias and racism in clinical practice begins with the ability to speak honestly and forthrightly about a patient’s identity. This is best achieved by having a conversation about race with the patient, not simply about the patient.

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Microagressions and Strategies to Overcome Prejudice


Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST

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

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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.

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


Time:  1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

Presenter:  Dr. Sarah Vinson, M.D., F.A.P.A

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.


  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


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

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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.

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


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?


Time:  6:00 - 7:00 pm ET

Presenter:  Rashon Lane, PhD

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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.

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


Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Presenter:  Gigi R. Crowder, L.E,

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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.

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August 2021

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


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 
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 

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Challenging Racial Violence in Mental Health Encounters


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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July 2021

Understanding African American Female Mental Health


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. 

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


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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.

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Psychological Impact of Racism


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:

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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. 

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May 2021

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


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.


  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. 

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April 2021

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


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. 


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March 2021

Structural Racism and Black Mental Health


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.


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