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CMHF January 19, 2022 - Addressing Ethnoracial Disparities in Mental Health Risk, Assessment, and Service Access and Delivery
In his talk, Dr. Lewis-Fernández will review key areas in need of research on cultural and ethnoracial disparities in mental health conditions and services. The first priority area is risk, focusing on the role of intersecting community and person-level factors, societal structure, and subjective appraisal in the development and persistence of mental health disparities. Second, he will discuss the need for research on assessment, such as the importance of person-centered clinical evaluation in disparities reduction – including the need to assess both socio-structural and cultural determinants of health – and the need to implement novel strategies for addressing the implicit provider biases that lead to lower-quality care. Third, he will discuss research on service delivery, emphasizing five strategies with promising empirical evidence for reducing disparities in mental health service access and delivery: engaging with communities, tailoring interventions to specific patient subgroups, leveraging technology-based approaches, improving patient-provider communication, and intervening directly on social inequities. Throughout the presentation, Dr. Lewis-Fernández will suggest future directions for disparities-focused mental health research, including examples from current approaches being conducted at the NYSPI Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and other disparities-focused research groups.

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Jan 19, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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