Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations summarizes research on reducing mental health disparities in underserved populations through community engagement programs. It discusses the efficacy of such programs with specific minorities and cultures, for specific disorders, and via specific communities. It identifies how and why community engagement works with these populations, how best to set up new community programs, the steps and stakeholders to success, and includes case studies showing successes and the challenges involved.
- Identifies how and why these programs achieve success through patient engagement
- Explores efficacy with specific ethnicities and cultures
- Discusses efficacy of programs through schools, churches, non-profits, and more
- Includes case studies with their successes and challenges
- Provides guidelines on the development and implementation of community programs
Section 1: Background 1. Introduction (Breland-Noble) 2. Foundations of Patient and Community Engagement
Section 2: Research and Capacity Building in Action 3. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Latino Youth 4. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Asian Youth 5. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Native American/American Indian Youth 6. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Arab Youth 7. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Black Youth 8. Families and Engagement
Section 3: Settings for Partnerships 9. Churches/Faith Communities 10. Schools 11. Community Based Organizations 12. Non-Profits 13. Youth Led Organizations 14. Hospitals and Clinics 15. Conclusion: Best practices and implementation considerations
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is Director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical School. She is an adolescent and child psychologist and a researcher in academic medicine. Her research interests include increasing mental health treatment use by African American and culturally diverse youth and families and reducing the stigma associated with mood disorders, mental illness and treatments for all youth. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH, NIMHD, NICHD), SAMHSA and foundations. Dr. Breland-Noble completed her training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.), New York University (M.A.), Howard University (B.A.), Duke University School of Medicine (2 postdoctoral fellowships) and recently completed a Masters in Health Sciences (M.H.Sc., May 2010 at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Through the AAKOMA Project, Dr. Breland-Noble designed and tested an evidence-based, culturally relevant behavioral intervention to improve psychological/psychiatric treatment engagement by African American adolescents and their families. The project expanded into The AAKOMA Lab upon Dr. Breland-Noble's recruitment to the Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry where she is a leader in the area of child and family mental health disparities.