National Minority Health Awareness Month

National Minority Health Month is observed in April to bring awareness to the health disparities that racial/ethnic, and LGBTQ+ minority communities face in the United States and highlight the importance of improving health in these communities. Below we highlight resources developed by our Network and from other reputable national organizations for these communities.

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Engaging in Advocacy for Hispanic/Latino Behavioral Health Equity: The Role of Advocacy in Promoting Behavioral Health Equity | Great Lakes MHTTC

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why advocacy is critical to social justice and behavioral health equity for marginalized communities
  • What are the barriers and facilitators to engaging in advocacy

Exploring Strategies School Systems can Utilize to Support Black Students Who Encounter Racial Stress and Trauma | Great Lakes MHTTC

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences of working within schools and school districts and learn strategies to help students navigate a culturally complex world while decreasing negative physical, emotional, and psychological outcomes. This webinar will also focus on existing policies within school systems and assess how those policies impact access to equitable and high quality mental and behavioral health care for communities of color.

Queer People of Color and Health Disparities: Intersectional Perspective to Care | Great Lakes MHTTC

While the NIH has identified sexual and gender minorities as well as racial and ethnic minorities as groups that are facing health disparities, what is often overlooked in research and clinical care are the people living at the nexus of those two communities. An intersectionality framework can have a meaningful impact and potentially better outcomes in behavioral health care. This presentation will offer tools for behavioral health professionals.

Workshop 6 - The Heart Work: Equity-Centered Coaching Practices for Trauma-Informed Collegiality and Collective Healing | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

This workshop invites us to envision the trauma-informed and healing-centered schools we desire – places where adults possess the tools to nurture their well-being and fully empower students. We will review evidence-based tools, rationale, and resources to foster cultural humility, mitigate systemic barriers, and build trusting partnerships across the school community.

Social Determinants of Health and the Interconnected Landscape of Holistic Health | Great Lakes MHTTC

Determinants of health are varied and many, encompassing biological, social, structural, environmental, legal, and political determinants. This 90-minute virtual session will cover the many determinants of health, their definitions, related impacts and outcomes, and current interventions, such as social prescribing and CARE courts. We will also discuss the range of competence and importance of advocacy through a trauma-informed lens to advance holistic health for collective benefit.

Session 4 in the "Provider Plática Learning Collaborative" Series / Sesión 4 de la Serie "Colaboración de Aprendizaje para una Plática entre Profesionales" | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Collaboratively held by the National Training & Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) and the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, this Provider Plática program is a monthly collaborative space for peer learning and resourcing. This session and all that follow are an open, bilingual space for members of the mental health workforce to share common challenges and experiences when providing services to Spanish-speaking communities with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), as well as high-quality resources and innovative solutions. All levels of Spanish language proficiency and comfort are welcome.

MHTTC Products and Resources

Our Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity page contains a compilation of products and resources, including toolkits, webinars, and articles, on cultural responsiveness, racial equity, and cultural diversity for the mental health workforce. This page is curated by the MHTTC Cultural Responsiveness Group. Below are some additional resources that have been developed by our Network.

Other Resources 

The following resources, while inclusive of behavioral health, focus on addressing minority health.

African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (AABH-COE)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity

Mental Health America (MHA)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)

SMI Adviser

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

U.S. Department of Human Health and Services Office of Minority Health (HHS-OMH)

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