1. Perceived Racism and Suicide Ideation: Mediating Role of Depression but Moderating Role of Religiosity among African American Adults

    Religious beliefs and practices may reduce thoughts of suicide among African-American adults in stressful life events induced by racial discrimination, according to a new research study conducted at the University of Houston (UH). “African-Americans experience an inordinate amount of psychological strain through racial discrimination, leading to depression, hopelessness and other...
  2. The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) conducted a year-long, 11-city research tour with over 250 faith leaders across denominations to identify best practices and challenges when addressing HIV within the Black Church. With this collected research and insight from the HIV manual advisory committee, they developed...
  3. Behavioral Health Providers Engaging Cultural Networks in Wellness Partnerships

    NNEDLearn 2013 Participant: Vaughn Associates Description: Faith Wellness Partnerships work in partnership with primarily African American and Latino churches and mosques located in the community. Mental Health professionals collaborate with clergy on health and wellness behavior change initiatives. The wellness programs have been successful in accomplishing: Depression and stress reduction...
  4. One Voice, One Community: Building Strong and Effective Partnerships Among Community and Faith Organizations

    This guide offers communities strategies for developing partnerships with faith-based organizations to address the service needs of people with mental illness and substance use disorders. It also provides examples of such partnerships, and presents the challenges and benefits associated with the partnerships. Population of focus: Non-Profits & Faith-Based Organizations, Community Coalitions, Program...
  5. The Role of Spirituality in the Treatment of Torture Survivors

    Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services Informational guide discusses spirituality as a protective factor and strength for torture survivors as well as the importance of spirituality in torture rehabilitation. Population of focus: Refugees and asylees Link to resource: Informational guide: The Role of Spirituality in the Treatment of Torture Survivors (pdf)...
  6. Systematically Targeting AIDS Reduction and Treatment

    NNEDLearn 2013 Participant: International Black Women’s Congress Description: The program’s goal is to provide HIV prevention and education to the underserved and hard-to-reach African American community. The agency is located in the oldest, low-income Black community in Norfolk; surrounded by three public housing developments. The agency is staffed by multigenerational, community-based...
  7. Community and Treatment Engagement for Depressed African American Youth: The AAKOMA FLOA Pilot

    This manuscript focuses on the recruitment efforts and pilot testing of a culturally tailored motivational interviewing intervention associated with the AAKOMA Project, a 2-phase treatment engagement intervention trial for depressed African American adolescents and families. The research team used strategic community engagement as reported in other research derived from AAKOMA....
  8. Engaging Depressed African American Adolescents in Treatment: Lessons From The AAKOMA Project

    The authors describe and illustrate means of engaging depressed African American adolescents in treatment. Twenty-eight youth participated in focus groups or individual interviews. Using grounded theory and transcript based analysis, they derived 5 themes describing African American adolescents’ experience of depression and suggested mechanisms for improving African American youth treatment...
  9. Can Family Relationships Explain the Race Paradox in Mental Health?

    New research by a Rutgers medical sociologist refutes perceptions that black Americans’ lower rate of mental health problems stems from stronger family and church ties. It’s been well-documented that blacks are less susceptible to mental and emotional disorders, like anxiety and depression, despite the fact that they have higher rates...