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  1. The Behavioral Health Barometer, Volume 6

    The Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, Volume 6: Indicators as measured through the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, is one of a series of national, regional, and state reports that provide a snapshot of behavioral health in the...
  2. Strategies for Outreaching and Engaging Communities of Color: A Pathway to Reducing Disparities

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) had released a brief guidance from SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity for state administrators and state grantees. A confluence of events—the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated economic crisis, and the widespread racially- focused protests and demonstrations across the country—has highlighted glaring...
  3. Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans

    The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Culture of Health Program is proud to present a model for developing Community-Driven Health Equity Action Plans. The NAM piloted the model in collaboration with five diverse communities across the United States from 2018 to 2019. This page contains links to each pilot community’s completed plan,...
  4. Taking on the “Perfect Storm”: Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address COVID-19 and Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color

    July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This July, communities are facing the “perfect storm” of crises that are deepening the disparities in mental health and wellbeing. The current COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, behavioral health crisis, and the civil unrest stemming from recent incidents of police brutality has impacted...
  5. Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for APIs

    This year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) comes at a time when many Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) are experiencing discrimination and stigma emerging from anti-Asian narratives related to COVID-19.  These narratives, embedded in a national context of uncertainty about health and safety, are increasing the vulnerability for fear, anxiety...
  6. Resources for Responding to COVID-19

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country. SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible. Population: Everyone Links to Resource:...
  7. Communities Respond to COVID-19 with Innovative High-impact Strategies

    COVID-19 brings new health, economic and social crises on a daily basis. These crises especially affect lower-income, ethnic minority communities with job loss, food insecurity, and poorer access to health care. Information overload and cultural and linguistic gaps in information exacerbate anxiety, confusion, and uncertainty. National conversations underscore the growing...
  8. Community Partners in Care a Mental Health Innovation

    Depression is a common chronic condition—second to hypertension—and is estimated to be the leading cause of morbidity and disability worldwide. It is common across all age and cultural groups; but, under-resourced communities, especially communities of color, have less access to care and evidence-based treatments. Community Partners in Care (CPIC) compared...
  9. United States Census, 2020; Engage Your Community

    Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for a community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals,schools), how to plan for the future, and the communities voice in government. However many times ethnic minority...