Addressing Health Equity and Racial Justice
As we continue to grapple with the overwhelming aspects of an international pandemic, people across our nation have taken to the streets, staff meetings and boardrooms to demand change around systemic racism and its devastating effects.
The National Council acknowledges that many of the institutions throughout our country were founded upon and continue to perpetuate systemic racism. Our health care system, including behavioral health is no exception, and is rife with less obvious but deeply insidious examples of these inequities. We must address the persistent behavioral health disparities rooted in systemic racism and work to support our members in improving health care access.
Eliminating disparities will improve individual and community health. As an organization, we have vowed to raise awareness about health care inequities and continue to be committed to providing support to our members as they begin addressing these inequities.
To support you in addressing racial inequities and the associated stigmas that lead to behavioral health disparities and to ensure you have the tools to support your patients and providers, the National Council has compiled this online resource of webinars, tools and other resources with the most up-to-date materials available.
This page will be continually updated as new information becomes available to better serve you and your organization.
- Cultural Humility Scale – Designed to understand and measure staff’s multicultural orientation and development for a strong working alliance.
- Equity Climate Assessment – A tool to assist organizations in assessing their current climate to understand diversity, equity and inclusion practices from National Council trauma experts.
- Racial Equity Tools – A library of materials to foster conversation that can advance inclusion, racial equity and social justice.
- Racism and Anti-Racism in America – Free training series on dismantling systemic racism from the University of Michigan.
- Perception Is Everything: The Impact of Implicit Bias in Mental Health & Addictions – A video presentation led by Victor Armstrong, Sr., MSW, director of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service during NatCon At Home.
- Implicit Bias Module Series – Free training series on implicit bias from Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race.
- Harvard Project Implicit – Workshops and presentations focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership and biases in decision-making.
- Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) – A collection of resources and perspectives on COVID-19 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Civil Rights and Social Justice COVID-19 Series – American Bar Association webinar series exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights critical legal issues of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights and economic concerns.
- The Interaction Institute – Facilitative leadership for social change trainings.
- We Need More Than Inclusion: Reframing Engagement to Foster Diversity and Equity – A BH365 blog post.
- Trauma, Race and the Perils of COVID-19: A Call to Foster Community Resilience – A BH365 blog post.
- Four Ways Culture Impacts Mental Health – A Mental Health First Aid blog post on the impact of culture on mental health.
- Health Justice Strategies To Combat COVID-19 During a Pandemic – An article from Health Affairs.
- Pursuing Social Justice and Supporting Innovation – A BH365 blog post.
- Joint Statement from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) – A pledge to raise awareness about health care inequities.
- Health Equity and Racial Justice Toolkit for Integrated Care Settings
- Racial Equity Toolkit from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity – How local/state/federal government entities can assess their processes through a racial equity lens.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework – Best current practices in each of the key performance areas.
Webinars and Upcoming Events
In addition to experiencing disproportionately higher mortality from COVID-19, Black people in this country continue to face daily injustices perpetuated by systemic racism impacting all aspects of their health and mental health. Learn more:
- Strategies to Support Wellbeing and Retention of Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color Staff – View our recording and presentation.
- Why and How Peer Services Improve Health and Wellness of People with Mental Illness – View our recording and presentation.
- Supporting Leadership Development Among Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color Staff – View our recording and presentation.
- Sustaining the Momentum – Reflecting on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Efforts Since June 2020 – View our recording and presentation.
- Advancing Health Equity Starts with Us – View our recording and presentation.
- LGBTQ+ Integrated Care Part 2: Strategies for Supporting Integrated Care Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth – View our recording and presentation.
- LGBTQ+ Integrated Care Part 1: Providing Inclusive & Integrated Services to LGBTQ+ Individuals – View our recording and presentation.
- CoE Office Hour: Returning to the Office? Equitable Considerations & Implications – View our recording and presentation.
- CoE Office Hour: Workforce Shortages & Impact on Providers and Staff Who Are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color, or Caregivers – View our recording and presentation.
- Addressing Diversity, Equity and Engagement in Organizational Structure – View our recording and presentation.
- Addressing Trauma, Racism and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery, part 2 – View our recording.
- Addressing Trauma, Racism and Bias in Behavioral Health Service Delivery, part 1 – View our recording.
- Resilience-oriented Strategies to Promote Healing around Historical and Contemporary Racial Inequities – View our recording and presentation.
- Looking to promote diversity, equity and inclusion that can be further amplified to your clients? View our recording and presentation on addressing racial equity within your organization.
- Promoting Organizational and Self-care Strategies for African Americans – View our recording and presentation.
- Health Equity and COVID-19 – Addressing the Disproportionate Impact – View our recording and presentation.
Need Support? Turn to Our Experts.
Our seasoned health equity experts are committed to promoting healing and resilience in your practice, for your staff and for the communities you serve. The National Council can provide direct training and technical assistance to providers and key stakeholders on topics such as:
- Organizational Infrastructure and Resilience Support around Climate, Culture and Hiring
- Understanding Systemic Inequity and ways to integrate change into your organization
- Trauma-informed Resilience-oriented Leadership and Supervision with a Racial Justice Lens
- Understanding and assessing Social Determinants of Health