According to the Brookings Institution (2020), “prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nearly one in three Hispanic Americans and one in five Black Americans were uninsured, compared to about one in eight white Americans.” Mental health inequities and the resulting disparities amongst our diverse communities persist for a myriad of reasons, such as access to high-quality patient care, social and behavioral factors, and social policy. The panelists will tackle the issue of race in mental health care and the necessity for evidence-based research frameworks as avenues for removing inequities and barriers in mental health. This discussion will use an interdisciplinary approach through a medical, public health and social epidemiological lens.
-Examine social and environmental conditions that may impact the race differences in mental health inequalities.
-Adopt the inclusion of historically excluded communities in the research to practice pipeline to increase equity in mental health.
-Incorporate evidence-based interdisciplinary research and innovated frameworks to address mental health inequities and disparities.
-Integrate innovative tools and resources to better serve diverse communities with high-quality patient care and increased access to care.