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Disparities in Healthcare and in Mental Health Affecting the Black Community

12:00pm - April 22, 2021
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: April 22, 2021
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The African American community continues to suffer from medical conditions and complications at higher frequency and to a more severe extent than the Caucasian counterparts. This presentation will explore the factors that contribute to these disparities and introduce several steps that may be taken to lessen or eliminate this impact.

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Malaika E. Berkeley, M.D., M.P.H. is a native of the Caribbean nations of Guyana and Barbados. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies then went on to achieve her Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University, College of Medicine. While pursuing her residency in General Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Dr. Berkeley was presented with the Women Leaders in Psychiatry award. She also became a contributing author to Psychiatry Pearls while in residency. Dr. Berkeley is board certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Following her residency, she worked for many years as a Locum Tenens Psychiatrist in a variety of settings before returning to school to pursue her Master of Public Health. Dr. Berkeley received her MPH from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, in 2012 before opening her private practice. She currently works for the Georgia Department of Corrections while maintaining a small private practice. She is the co-author of three books by Global Health Psychiatry: 1) Mind Matters, a Resource Guide to Psychiatry for Black Communities; 2) How Amari Learned to Love School Again, A Story About ADHD and 3) Bree’s Journey to Joy, A Story About Childhood Grief and Depression.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define healthcare disparities
  • Identify the factors that influence healthcare disparities 
  • Identify specific factors that influence mental health disparities
  • Specify the effects of healthcare and mental health disparities
  • Describe ways to reduce healthcare and mental health disparities


Who Should Attend?
All adult members of the medical profession and the lay public regardless of race, gender, profession, etc.


Certificates of attendance will be available to viewers of 50% (30 minutes) or more of the live webinar (via email within 30 business days post-event). CEUs are not offered for this session. The webinar slide presentation and recording will be posted to the website.