Celebrate Black History Month with These Great Resources!
African American History Month celebrates the countless ways that African Americans have contributed to all aspects of society, from arts and literature to science, politics, and civil rights. For many, African American History Month is also a time to focus on issues of race, culture, equity, and inclusion.
For behavioral health professionals, SAMHSA has developed several publications focused on behavioral health and equity for African Americans. Recent reports include:
- Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.
- The Opioid Crisis and the Black/African American Population: An Urgent Issue
This special topic section of the MHTTC Network website features products from across the Network designed to help behavioral health professionals expand their skills in working with people from diverse populations. The growing list of resources for working with Black/African American populations includes webinars and podcasts.
The Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC also offer a number of on-demand trainings focused on African American behavioral health, including the 7-part webinar series, Engaging African Americans in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. This webinar series is also available on the Great Lakes Current YouTube channel playlist, Great Lakes Regional Health Equity & Cultural Competency Resources (Trainings, Webinars, TA)
The African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
With funding from SAMHSA, the new African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (AABH-COE) will develop and disseminate training, technical assistance (TA), and resources to help healthcare practitioners eliminate behavioral health disparities within the African American population. The new Center, funded in October 2020, is located at the Morehouse School of Medicine and led by Dr. Dawn Tyus, who also directs the Southeast ATTC Regional Center. As the first national project dedicated to improving behavioral health care for African Americans, the new Center of Excellence will focus on promoting use of evidence-based practices, expanding the workforce, and building collaborative partnerships. Watch for innovative trainings and resources from the AABH-COE in the near future!
Historical Perspective: The Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery
The Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery serves as a single site to explore the history of addictions, treatment, and recovery among African Americans. Mark Sanders, LSCW, CADC, program manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC, created and curates the museum. The site includes links to research on how to engage African American clients seeking recovery, effective approaches to cross-cultural counseling, and non-traditional approaches to recovery for African Americans.
The Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC promote health equity and provides evidenced-based supports and trainings specific to the needs of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community in Region 5. We believe it is so important to honor the legacy of African Americans in the United States and recognize the vital substance use disorder and recovery work being done by and for African American communities. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating Black History Month, and encourage all to carry on in the spirit of commemoration and appreciation every day of the year.
For more information on our training and technical assistance related to health equity and inclusion, please contact Alfredo Cerrato: email@example.com