Black, Indigenous and People of Color Mental Health

Focus on Mental Health Care and Access to Services for Diverse Communities

AHA is increasing efforts to aid hospitals and health systems in reaching out to Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) needing behavioral health help and connecting them with professionals who can best meet their needs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower-quality care. In addition to eliminating barriers between mental health professionals and diverse populations, education about mental health treatment and negative stereotypes is also crucial.

We hope you find this information and these resources useful in the continued efforts to make sure all populations receive the highest quality care possible.

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AHA member hospitals and health systems have developed best practices for engaging their communities and making residents aware of available mental health services.

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Educational materials from experts within the AHA about the importance of maintaining quality mental health fitness in diverse patients

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Helpful information from federal government agencies, other organizations and articles focused on improving the health of all individuals

Disclaimer - References and links to organizations outside the AHA are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily constitute endorsements.


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