Health Inequities in Mental Health Care

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Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH
Adult/Child Psychiatry Resident at Yale Child Study Center
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH

Amanda J. Calhoun, MD, MPH, is an Adult/Child Psychiatry Resident at Yale Child Study Center/Yale School of Medicine and is concurrently pursuing a PhD in Yale’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.  Dr. Calhoun graduated from Yale University with a BA in Spanish and received her MD/MPH from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up.  Dr. Calhoun’s research, which focuses on the mental health effects of anti-Black racism on children, has been funded by multiple national awards.  Dr. Calhoun also specializes in the effects of medical racism and writes for both academic journals as well as general press and has published in New England Journal of Medicine, TIME magazine, HuffPost, STAT News, Washington Post, BET News, and many others. Dr. Calhoun is also a public speaker, and a consultant and has made multiple national news appearances, most recently on CBS News discussing the rising rates of Black youth suicide.

Twitter handle: @AmandaJoyMD

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Jessica Isom, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Attending Psychiatrist, Codman Square Health Center
Dorchester, MA
Jessica Isom, MD, MPH

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and faculty leader in the Yale Department of Psychiatry’s Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. She primarily works in Boston as an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center where she is leading a grant effort to infuse antiracism in OUD services. She is a nationally recognized expert on racial equity and justice in psychiatry with a focus on workforce development and organizational transformation. Her professional interests include working toward eradicating racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias on clinical care, and the use of a community-centered population health approach in psychiatric practice. She serves on multiple advisory boards and is a consultant, curriculum developer, and presenter to a variety of organizations including Fortune 500 companies and medical societies through her company, Vision for Equity LLC.

Statement of Need

Ethnic/racially diverse populations in the United States face major disparities in mental health care access and quality. For example, these individuals are less likely to receive community behavioral health services, and more likely to been seen in emergency departments and hospitals for mental health conditions. Fueled by unchecked inequities, these disparities contribute to overall reduced mental health care outcomes for underserved racial and ethnic groups.

In this CME Outfitters podcast episode, expert faculty will discuss cultural and systemic challenges faced by ethnic/racially diverse patients, and empower health care professionals with education, tools, and resources to address these challenges and provide more equitable mental health care for all.

Learning Objective

Analyze the influence of unconscious bias, health disparities, and health inequities on mental health care.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, pharmacists, and social workers, specializing in psychiatry, emergency medicine, or primary care

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Dr. Peek reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Calhoun reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: MaxCyte, Inc.; Research Support: Yale Child Study Center trainee pilot grant for research

Dr. Isom reports no financial relationships to disclose.

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  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Health Inequities in Mental Health Care
Event Date: 03/22/2023 at 4:00 am EST