Minimizing Health Disparities
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont
6 Continuing Education Credits
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines health disparities as “preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.” It has been well established that members of racial and ethnic minority groups and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations with behavioral health needs have less access to care, lower or disrupted service use, poorer quality of care, and poorer behavioral health outcomes. Disparities in mental health treatment result in significant consequences, including higher rates of mental health and substance use disorders, higher rates of domestic violence, poverty, and suicide, as well as higher rates of trauma exposure and criminal system involvement. Join our panel of local, regional, and national experts as we address ways to minimize mental health disparities across the developmental span, with a focus on ethnic minority and rural populations.
This conference was supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under D19HP26969 and Nursing Workforce Diversity for $350,000 awarded to the University of Delaware School of Nursing.
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Jerry C. Johnson, M.D.: Dr. Johnson is Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Project Director of the Center of Excellence for Diversity Health Education and Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Lonnie R. Snowden, PhD.: Dr. Snowden is Professor of the Graduate School in the Health Policy and Management Program in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. Snowden’s research focuses on mental health and other health services disparities in access and quality of care, and on understanding disparities from treatment systems and mental health policy perspectives.
Kirk Dabney, M.D.: Dr. Dabney is Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Dabney co-directs the Cerebral Palsy Division/program, one of the largest in the country. He is the Clinical Director for the Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion.
Rita Landgraf: Rita Landgraf serves as Professor of Practice and distinguished health and social services administrator in residence at the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences. She also directs the UD Partnership for Healthy Communities, a cross-college, cross-state initiative that seeks to address healthcare challenges in the community.