When behavioral health organizations create environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable, staff are more likely to feel valued, experience a sense of belonging, and want to stay. Creating this kind of work environment often involves examining and breaking down structures, policies, and practices to address barriers and challenges that individuals experience. How can organizations welcome these changes and work through them?
This NNED virtual roundtable shared the innovative strategies that community-based organizations are implementing to create inclusive and equitable workplace environments. Panelists highlighted the relationship between workplace environments and workforce staff retention. The discussion included strategies for increasing workforce diversity through pipeline opportunities and by supporting the growth and engagement of peer specialists. This virtual roundtable was held on April 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT.
Links to resources:
- Learn more about Ser Familia, and the work they are doing to strengthen, revitalize, and equip Latino youth, couples, parents and families through educational programs that teach improved life, leadership and communication skills, empowering participants to thrive and enjoy a healthy family environment.
- Learn more about Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc (RAMS), a mental health agency that is committed to advocating for and providing community based, culturally-competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans.
- Access Intersectionality: A Partial List of Resources to Generate Reflection and Conversation (pdf) from Syracuse University with appreciation to CREA colleagues for their contributions
- View slides from Difficult Dialogues: A Cultural Humility Approach to Broaching Cultural Issues, a presentation on developing the skills to address multicultural issues and improve cultural competence for therapists. Presented at AAMFT 2016.
- Read Does The Stages of Change Model (Transtheoretical Model) Work for Organizational Change? an article that talks about change at the organizational level and how important strong leadership is to manage that change.
- Access Recommendations for Supporting Emerging Scholars, which provides recommendations from the Hispanic Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (the Center) to help other groups and organizations in their efforts to recruit emerging scholars.
- Explore a set of mentoring and networking activities from the Center to strengthen and advance the next generation of emerging scholars in the field
- Read Tailoring Job Training Programs for Hispanics
Panelist Contact Information:
Belisa Urbina, Executive Director, Ser Familia
Jorge Wong, Ph.D, President and CEO, RAMS