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Blog: New website, interactive modules aim to reduce OUD stigma

Oct 5, 2020
Stigma leads to discrimination and creates barriers for people to seek treatment and access care, write Richard Bottner, a physician assistant and affiliate faculty member at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, and Rebecca Chickey, AHA’s senior director of Behavioral Health Services. Read this first article in a series about reducing stigma to learn about a new website and training focused specifically on substance and opioid use disorder stigma.
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Hear her…listening could save lives

Sep 9, 2020
The gift of a new life shouldn’t come at the expense of an existing one. Yet every year, more than 700 women die from pregnancy- and delivery-related complications. Another 50,000 women suffer severe health problems related to pregnancy. And, these complications are disproportionately affecting Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
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Building Mental and Behavioral Health Resources supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

Aug 14, 2020
During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July, the AHA and its Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) developed several new resources to aid hospitals and health systems in reaching out to communities that lack adequate access to mental and behavioral health care.
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Taking Big Steps for Improving Maternal and Child Health

Jul 29, 2020
In this Spotlight Feature interview, Jean Ricci Goodman, M.D., and Aparna Sharma, M.D., discuss the program’s development and how it’s designed to improve maternal and child health in Loyola’s surrounding communities.
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Innovative Solutions for Delivering Mental and Behavioral Health Care Services

Jul 16, 2020
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S., IFDHE Board Chairperson, Senior Vice President, Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer,Henry Ford Health System, Detroit answers questions regarding innovative solutions for delivering mental and behavioral health care services
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Blog: The future of minority mental health treatment depends on today

Jul 16, 2020
Raymond Waller, hospital administrator at Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery in Brighton, Mich., and 2020 chair of AHA's Behavioral Health Council, looks at substance use rates, stigma and the lack of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) behavioral health care providers. Read more in this guest blog about the work hospitals and health systems can do now to help future generations.
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Supporting new moms in the time of COVID-19

Jun 10, 2020
While COVID-19 has impacted routine medical visits and non-emergency procedures, people are still giving birth and in need of support. Across the country, hospitals and health systems are implementing COVID-19 response plans that are shaping birth plans and experiences for expectant mothers and their families.
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Blog: Hospitals without behavioral health services can still improve access

May 14, 2020
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health based in Georgetown, S.C., talks about how hospitals and health systems without inpatient behavioral health services or onsite mental health clinicians can still address the needs of these patients.
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St. Joseph Hospital reflects on maternal mental health during pandemic

May 7, 2020
During Mental Health Awareness Month, Keri Hanson, maternal mental health program coordinator at SCL Health/Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colo., reflects on a forced move toward virtual maternal behavioral health services because of the COVID-19 emergency. Read more.
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Meeting behavioral health needs of seniors during COVID-19

Apr 30, 2020
Today marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month, an important topic especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brent Forester, M.D., chief of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, discusses how and why we should pay special attention to older Americans who may be suffering from COVID-19, separated from loved ones or lost important routines. Read more.