1. Project THANKS: Examining HIV/AIDS-Related Barriers and Facilitators to Care in African American Women: A Community Perspective

    Project THANKS, (Turning HIV/AIDS into Knowledge for Sisters), is an evidence-based intervention that utilizes a community-based participatory and empowerment building approach for African American female substance abusers living with HIV and other chronic diseases. Receiving input from African American women living with HIV related comorbidities was essential in improving the intervention...
  2. Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in Massachusetts (SSYI)

    Youth violence presents significant challenges across the U.S., disrupts communities and economic development, increases health care costs, and decreases property values—not to mention the human impact not only physically but mentally also. In 2010, Massachusetts was the most violent state in the Northeast—the MA Public Health Council reported 1,667 homicide...
  3. National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources and Practices

    September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD). Despite comprising an estimated 2% of the national population, Gay and Bisexual Men account for two-thirds of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 6 Gay and Bisexual Men living with...
  4. Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities

    This webinar series, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) respectively provided context and a brief data overview of the opioid epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities and opportunities...
  5. Value of Peers

    Peer support  encompasses a  range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both. This mutuality called “peerness”—between a  peer support   worker and person in or seeking recovery promotes connection and inspires hope. Peer support  offers...
  6. NNED Virtual Roundtable – Moving Forward: Diverse Community Perspectives and Strategies on Trauma, Healing, and Trust

    Trauma, trauma-informed care and the connection between traumatic exposure and mental health are hot topics. The growing discussions across the spectrum of research, clinical practice, community and service systems – mental health, education, criminal justice, child welfare, etc.—and increased awareness of the role trauma in peoples’ lives is creating a...
  7. Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

    Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program, offered by Think Cultural Health through the Office of Minority Health, is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic...
  8. Developing a Culturally Tailored Intervention for Diverse Populations

    Social workers strive to use interventions and treatments that are evidence-based (EB). However, many EB interventions are not validated with people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic populations. Regarding autism intervention research, of 408 studies on 27 EB practices only about 18% of the studies reported race, ethnicity, or...
  9. Suicide Surveillance Strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

    This report summarizes findings and recommendations from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) exploration of suicide surveillance among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities across the country. Each section describes challenges and provides strategies and resources to help AI/AN communities gather data on suicide to inform and evaluate their...