Striving for Excellence Series: Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among African Americans/Blacks Through Patient Care

Presented by APA and The Morehouse School of Medicine’s African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

  • Free to all Participants
  • 12 Live Webinars + Two Self-Paced Learning Modules
  • A Total of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Available for Physicians

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APA has partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health - Center of Excellence to develop the Striving for Excellence educational series.

The 12-week series consists of 12 live webinars hosted from July 13 to September 29, 2021 and two self-paced learning modules.

Each learning activity will focus on a different subject that will bring awareness to disparities in African American/Black mental health care. The information provided in the series will help to increase behavioral health systems' capacity to provide outreach, engage, retain and effectively care for African American/Black care seekers.

About the Series

Each live webinar will cover practical problems and offer culturally appropriate, evidence-based practices and approaches for caring for African Americans/Black people. Your participation can help inform your clinical practice through a more comprehensive understanding of the African American/Black lived experience.

Intended Audience

Psychiatrists, as well as other physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, medical students, and other mental health professionals.

Educational Goals

As a result of participating, learners will be able to:

  • Increase their, and subsequently, behavioral health systems’ capacity to provide outreach, engage, retain, and effectively care for Black/African American (B/AA) people.
  • Learn up-to-date information and culturally appropriate evidence-based practices/approaches for Black/African American people.
  • Increase workforce development opportunities focused on implicit bias, social determinants of health, structural racism, and other factors that impede high-quality care for Black/African American people.


Through the generous support of Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health - Center of Excellence, there is no cost to participate in any of the activities.


12 Live, One-hour Webinars

Live virtual events where participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with subject matter experts during a 10-15 minute Q&A period. Each webinar will be recorded and hosted in the APA Learning Center for learners to access at their convenience.

Two Online Learning Modules

One-hour interactive self-paced activities.


Each activity will offer a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ for physicians.

Course and Module Schedule

Click the titles below to view and register for the activity in APA’s Learning Center.

Psychological Impact of Racism

  • Tuesday, July 13
  • Recording Now Available
  • Dr. Kevin Cokley

The murder of George Floyd and other high-profile acts of police brutality have sparked a national dialogue about the psychological impacts of racism. This webinar will provide a brief overview of America’s history of racism. The course will discuss how police brutality has prompted Black families to have difficult conversations with their children about racism, the impact that racism has on Black Americans’ mental health, and how racism should be conceptualized as psychological trauma. Strategies for coping with racism are provided along with strategies to promote social justice.

Understanding African American Female Mental Health

  • Thursday, July 29
  • 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Lauren Carson

This webinar focuses on equipping behavioral health professionals with statistical and treatment considerations focusing on empowering the mental health and wellbeing of African American females. We will highlight unique experiences, circumstances and stress factors that impact the mental health of African American females, and best practices to treatment and resources. This activity additionally focuses on stigma, trauma and COVID-19 considerations that impact the mental health and wellbeing of African American females. Through this activity participants will have an understanding of cultural and gender considerations on African American female mental health and how to navigate these considerations through resources and therapeutic relationships.

Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool

  • Friday, August 6
  • 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Drs. Rachel Talley, Sosunmolu Shoyinka, and Kevin Minkoff

Racial Identification's Importance in Treatment

  • Tuesday, August 10
  • 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • Dr. Constance Dunlap

Navigating Racism: Addressing the Pervasive Role of Racial Bias in Mental Health

  • Friday, August 20
  • Noon EDT
  • Drs. Paul Maitland-Mckinley, David Nagarkattie-Gude, and Karina Espana

Increasing Access to Mental Health Care in Low- and Middle Communities: Examples and Strategies From Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Noon EDT
  • Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho

Grant Funding

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human ServicesÍž nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.