Black History Month

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February 2024 marks the observance of Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements, contributions, and history (past and present) of Black Americans.

Although Black Americans have similar rates of mental illness compared to the population at large, they are less likely to receive guideline-consistent care, be included in research, and utilize mental health services.1 This lack of access to effective care is driven by a number of factors, including poverty, mass incarceration, provider bias, discrimination, lack of culturally-responsive and diverse providers, and stigma.1,2 Our Network remains committed to addressing these needs and improving mental health services for Black communities. 

Across our Network, Centers are celebrating this month by hosting several events and sharing resources for mental health professionals, the community, and allies. 

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Upcoming Events from MHTTC Network

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Feb 8: 2024 Speaker Series Presents: Becoming - The Journey of a Change Agent by Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims



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Feb 13: Behavioral Health in Ohio: Improving Data, Moving Toward Racial & Ethnic Equity



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Feb 13: Understanding and Preventing Youth Suicide



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Feb 15: The Connection Between Heart Disease and Mental Health in the Black Community



Resources from the MHTTC Network      

African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

Located in Morehouse School of Medicine, the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence develops and disseminates training, technical assistance (TA), and resources to help healthcare practitioners eliminate behavioral health disparities within African American populations. Their goals are to:


  • Increase the capacity of behavioral health systems to provide outreach and to engage, retain, and effectively care for African Americans.
  • Improve dissemination of up-to-date information and culturally appropriate evidence-based practices and approaches for African Americans.
  • Increase workforce development opportunities focused on vital issues such as social determinants of health, implicit bias, structural racism, and other factors that impede high-quality care for African Americans.
  • Collaborate extensively with all of the SAMHSA-funded training and technical assistance providers, to infuse these networks with culturally appropriate information that will improve services for African Americans.

Other Resources and Information