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In this issue focused on
Minority Mental Health...

                   Making a Difference

This month we spoke with Courtney Aklin, Ph.D., from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). 

Dr. Aklin serves as the Chief of Staff at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position Dr. Aklin develops and implements strategic initiatives designed to fulfill the Institute’s vision and mission

In this month's featured interview, we discussed the most promising strategies for addressing disparities in minority mental health in primary care.

Read the full interview...
"The diversity of the United States is continuing to grow, making awareness and education of those suffering with mental illness and families and communities who are impacted by these difficulties paramount. However, just as important is having a diverse and well-trained workforce who are able to identify the signs and symptoms and to provide appropriate care.This is especially true in caring for minority populations who tend to enter the healthcare system for mental health care at emergency settings.” 

 - Courtney Aklin, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Resources of the Month

In honor of Minority Mental Health Month, we have curated a set of screening and assessment tools for use in primary care settings.

Improving Cultural Competency E-Learning Program
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 HHS e-learning program is to help health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center 
The SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center offers training and technical assistance (TTA) on mental health and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion using the Strategic Cultural Framework.

Advancing Best Practices in Behavioral Health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Boys and Men 
This SAMHSA brief summarizes best practices and expert consensus on culturally appropriate approaches, treatment modalities, and effective tools in working with this population. 

A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity
The guide was released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was developed by Prevention Institute with the input of practitioners and researchers from across the United States, including technical reviewers from local health departments, community-based organizations, national organizations, and CDC subject matter experts.

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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


Penn NCIBH Faculty and Staff have recently published a paper entitled, "Perspectives and Practice in the Identification and Treatment of Opioid Use, Alcohol Use, and Depressive Disorders'" published in the American Psychiatric Association. Read the full paper online here
This summer the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has been hosting monthly Twitter Chats focused on education, research, and practice. NAM is interested in gathering insights on how to advance the profession of nursing to help our nation create a culture of reduced health disparities and aims to create an environment to influence the overall health of the population.
An AHRQ-funded opioid medication management program known as the Six Building Blocks led to a decrease in opioid prescribing, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. After Six Building Blocks was used to redesign opioid medication management, the number of patients prescribed a 100-milligram or greater morphine equivalent decreased by 2% and the number of patients on long-term opioid therapy fell by 14%. 


August 4-10
National Health Center Week
Where: Nationwide | Website

August 7- 9 
National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference
Where: Washington D.C.| Website

August 14-18
National Conference on Addiction Disorders
Where: Baltimore, MD | Website

August 15-18
Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) Conference 
Where: San Diego, CA | Website
August 16-17
Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: System Approaches that Work 
Where: Chicago, IL | Website
August 21- 23
National Sexual Assault Conference
Where: Philadelphia, PA | Website
August 27-29
National Prevention Network Conference
Where: Chicago, IL | Website
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