2021 NNED Virtual Roundtable Series: Community-Based Organizations Build Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity for Communities of Color
Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities, community-based organizations (CBOs) have elevated their response to the behavioral health needs of racially/ethnically diverse communities. The 2021 National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) Virtual Roundtable three-part series presents the innovative and resilient work of CBOs in a time of healing and recovery.
Part 1 – Adapting to the Behavioral Health Needs of Underserved and Racially/Ethnically Diverse Youth
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
The COVID-19 pandemic on top of growing racial tensions across the nation are impacting youth mental health—including stress, anxiety, and fear. With school closures and the digital divide, young people are missing a sense of structure and stimulation and are at greater risk for social isolation while not receiving the social support that is essential for their overall mental health and well-being.
In this NNED Virtual Roundtable, panelists share how community-based organizations (CBOs) working with underserved and racially/ethnically diverse youth—Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), immigrant and refugee, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and 2-spirit (LGBTQIA2S+)—are quickly shifting their practices and programs in today’s unprecedented environment to address these mental health needs. Responses to these growing needs of youth include bolstering methods for telehealth, shifting to more remote positions, and providing services in innovative ways. Panelists share methods for how they are enhancing their staff’s skills and shifting roles to build resilience and competently respond in crisis situations.
Objectives for Part 1:
- Understand the national context of the behavioral health issues that underserved and racially/ethnically diverse youth are currently facing;
- Identify innovative approaches CBOs are taking to meet diverse youth where they are;
- Learn about unique CBO partnerships to address the behavioral health needs of diverse youth; and
- Learn how CBOs are increasing their staff capacity, socio-emotional skills, and self-care to quickly adapt and respond to crises.
Part 2 – Partnering to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Infrastructure and Capacity in Communities of Color
Tuesday, May 25 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
More than ever before, the behavioral health services provided by community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve racially/ethnically diverse communities are essential to support the recovery and healing of the people most impacted by COVID-19. Current funding approaches are challenging to navigate. Oftentimes, it is even more difficult for CBOs that don’t have the infrastructure to respond to these opportunities to sustain their work.
Foundations and government agencies are recognizing the importance of funding with flexibility so that CBOs can effectively serve racially/ethnically diverse communities. Funders are establishing relationships with CBOs to drive effective solutions for these communities, while also looking inward to implement changes in their practices and policies. This includes inviting CBOs to provide input on application processes, simplifying the criteria and fields in requests for proposals (RFPs), and ensuring a faster turnaround time to get funds to CBOs.
Join this NNED Virtual Roundtable to consider new ways to tap into philanthropic and governmental funding to meet the behavioral health needs of racially/ethnically diverse communities. Behavioral health-focused CBOs will share how they are leveraging funding opportunities and their successful partnerships with funders — how they were created, cultivated, and grown before and during the pandemic.
Objectives for Part 2:
- Understand how both funders and CBOs are responding to disparities in funding and behavioral health services within the current context of COVID-19.
- Learn about unique funding partnerships between government agencies/foundations with CBOs serving diverse racial/ethnic communities and underserved populations.
- Identify fiscal challenges and solutions related to behavioral health services faced by CBOs, including billing and reimbursements.
Part 3 – Creating and Enhancing Pathways to a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Behavioral Health Workforce
Wednesday, August 18 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
Join this NNED Virtual Roundtable to hear about strategies that motivate racially/ethnically diverse individuals to consider behavioral health as a career path. Discover how community-based organizations are working to diversify the behavioral health workforce including recruiting and retaining racially/ethnically diverse staff. Learn from panelists about professional pathways and programs/trainings that support racially/ethnically diverse people in behavioral health careers.
Objectives for Part 3:
- Understand the importance and impact of a racially/ethnically diverse behavioral health workforce.
- Examine how community-based organizations can create career development experiences in behavioral health such as internships and trainings for racially/ethnically diverse people.
- Identify national and regional programs for professional pathways that support racially/ethnically diverse people in behavioral health careers.
- Learn about strategies to promote the behavioral healthcare field to make it more inviting and interesting to racially/ethnically diverse young people.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
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 all of America, but disproportionately affects communities of color.
Community and faith-based organizations play an essential role in helping these communities handle deeply experienced trauma, loss, and grief. Poor access to and mistrust of health care systems leads individuals to reach out to their familiar and trusted faith-based organizations and leaders. In many cultures, spirituality is a key driver of wellbeing and hope. Faith leaders are coming together across communities to organize, support, provide, engage and instill hope.
This NNED virtual roundtable hosted by the NNED National Facilitation Center and SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity in partnership with SAMHSA’s Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office invited participants to learn how faith-based NNED partner organizations are supporting the mental health concerns of racial/ethnic minorities and providing opportunities to receive support and connection through faith-based practices and partnerships.
During this NNED virtual roundtable, panelists discussed:
- Faith-based partnerships that address the behavioral health in communities of color and augment the behavioral health workforce;
- Cultural and spiritual practices provided by faith-based organizations to strengthen community and social connectedness during times of crises;
- Faith leaders’ strategies to help diverse communities cope with trauma, loss, and grief; and
- The importance of and role of faith leaders in promoting self-care among the health care workforce, caregivers, and themselves.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
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 and emotional distress within API communities.
NNED organizations and API community leaders are responding to the rising needs for mental health and emotional support. The evolving circumstances have created a platform for enhanced partnership and innovation to expand the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services and ensure the safety of API populations.
This NNED Virtual Roundtable was the second of a two-part series on the behavioral and mental health impacts of COVID-19. Panelists discussed:
- Emerging mental health needs for API communities
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and emotional support services to API populations
- Community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by APIs
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
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 need for mental health and emotional supports for individuals, families and providers across all populations.
NNED partner organizations across the country have rapidly pulled together—demonstrating collective strength, innovation, and new partnerships—to address the particular needs of their residents. Their efforts to reduce the anxiety and mental health stressors associated with COVID-19 expand the capacities of local healthcare systems to care for diverse populations.
This NNED Virtual Roundtable series will highlight issues associated with COVID-19, including:
- Unique experiences of individuals in underserved communities;
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health information; and
- Specific actions taken by select NNED communities to deliver high-impact and easy to implement approaches that support behavioral health needs.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
In response to the overwhelming interest in the SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity and Justice-Involved (OBHE) webinar by the same name, the NNED organized a virtual roundtable to build on the conversation. New participants and previous attendees are welcomed into this NNED virtual roundtable, where the panelists and participants engaged in conversation to inform community-driven action.
Panelists built on strategies shared in the first session, taking a deeper dive into community-focused, culturally and linguistically-resonant strategies to prevent and treat opioid misuse and addiction in Black and Hispanic/Latinx communities. The new format allowed for panelists to dialogue with each other and provided interactive opportunities for attendees to ask questions of the panelists to help move their conversations and work to end the opioid crisis.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
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 paradigm shift. Approaches for creating optimal conditions for mental health and well-being are emerging trends within communities.
As the promotion of trauma-informed programs and interventions expands, it is critical to learn how communities—often those experiencing higher rates of violence and associated trauma—understand the impact of trauma, the roles of resilience and community assets, and the development of community-driven and community-embraced programs and interventions.
This NNED virtual roundtable highlighted perspectives from diverse racial and ethnic community leaders to illustrate how trauma shows up in their communities and how culturally responsive, trauma-informed, holistic services and supports provide appropriate opportunities for healing and resilience.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
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 was convened on April 24 to learn about 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 also included strategies for increasing workforce diversity through pipeline opportunities and by supporting the growth and engagement of peer specialists.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
This NNED virtual roundtable, held March 6, explored the potential for broad partnerships to build the evidence of effectiveness for behavioral health best practices in diverse communities. Engaging evaluators with expertise in culturally-responsive and equitable evaluation can amplify the efforts of community-based organizations (CBOs) to best serve the needs and help tell the stories of diverse communities. Panelists provided a brief history of community-defined evidence and practices in behavioral and mental health, and recognized evidence on a spectrum. They also discussed strategic partnerships to enhance practice and model the way to continue bringing community-defined evidence practice to the national stage.
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- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Partnering to Strengthen the Behavioral Health Infrastructure and Capacity in Communities of Color
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Adapting to the Behavioral Health Needs of Underserved and Racially/Ethnically Diverse Youth
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Taking on the “Perfect Storm”: Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address COVID-19 and Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for Asian Pacific Islanders
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Communities Respond to COVID-19 with Innovative High-impact Strategies
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Continuing the Dialogue: Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Moving Forward: Diverse Community Perspectives and Strategies on Trauma, Healing and Trust
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Workplace Environment Matters: Strategies to Support and Retain Behavioral Health Staff Providing Services to Diverse Ethnic and Racial Populations
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Building the Evidence: Innovative Partnerships to Move Community-Defined Evidence to Best Practice
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Creating Supportive Systems to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Young African American Boys
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Funding Your Behavioral Health Equity Work: How What and With Who?
- NNED Virtual Roundtable – Voices from the Field, the Impact of Opioid Addiction in Diverse Communities
- Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2014 Webinar and Twitter Chat
- 2014 National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Planning
- (En Español): Effective Outreach & Enrollment Practices to Latino Youth
- (En Español): Demographic Overview of Latino Adolescents & their Health Coverage Needs
- Behavioral Health & the Affordable Care Act for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
- Reaching Latino Audiences—Media Outreach and Digital Engagement
- Barriers and Challenges for Outreach and Enrollment in Latino Communities
- Building Partnerships To Further Outreach & Enrollment in Latino Communities
- Fundamentals of Health Reform Outreach & Enrollment to Latinos
- Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013
- Planning and Preparing for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 History & Highlights Webinar
- Virtual Roundtable: Providing Behavioral Health Services to Diverse Service Members
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2012 Planning
- NNED Forum Call: Healing Hurt People
- NNED Forum Call: Psychological First Aid
- NNED Forum Call: Tenemos Voz (We have a Voice)
- Addressing Re-experiencing & Avoidance in Victims of Urban Trauma
- Trauma Informed Care and Violence Prevention – Recognizing Hyperarousal
- Empowering our Voices: Developing & Sustaining Multicultural Consumer Networks
- Community of Practice – Latino MultiFamily Group Program
- You Say
PotaytoI Say Potahto, Don’t Call the Whole Thing Off: The Need for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
- Community-Based Responses to Parental Depression
- Community-Based Approaches to Maternal Depression
- Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities Through Faith-Health Partnerships
- Empowering Native Youth Through Experiential Education
- Celebrating Mental Health in Diverse Communities Part II
- Celebrating Mental Health in Diverse Communities Part I
- Social Media Strategies for Community-Based Organizations