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Striving for Excellence Series

Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among African Americans/Blacks Through Patient Care

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

  • Free to all Participants
  • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ Available for Physicians for Each Activity

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.

Upcoming Webinar

Advancing Mental Health in the African American Community by Fostering Inclusion in Workplace and Educational Settings

  •  Thursday, February 29, 2024
  •  12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
  •  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™


  • Toi Harris, M.D., SVP & Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Alicia Monroe, M.D., Chief Integration Officer and Senior Advisor to the President. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • David Acosta, M.D., Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, AAMC. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Napoleon Higgins, M.D., Executive Director, Black Psychiatrists of America. Reports financial relationships with Neurocrine, Supernus, NOven, Sage, Otsuka, and Janssen.


According to the World Health Organization, "mental health is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life." Mental illness is prevalent in the United States impacting greater that one in five adults throughout our communities. Although rates of mental illness are similar among African American/Blacks in our country, there are disparities between access to quality and culturally informed mental health care. The literature has described systemic and structural promoters and barriers of health and wellbeing within health care and educational settings. During this webinar, an interprofessional panel will share data-informed strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of African Americans by enhancing inclusion and belonging across settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the association between inclusion, mental health and wellbeing;
  • Describe barriers to achieving an environment that promotes belonging and inclusion at work and in clinical practice;
  • Identify strategies and promising practices for cultivating inclusive educational and health care settings.

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Self-Paced Training Modules

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How Racial Socialization Perpetuates Racial Inequities in Psychiatry

Available until March 29, 2025

Racial socialization is a process that can erect significant attitudinal barriers to eliminating racial inequities. Our socialization into racial identities shapes what we understand of our experiences in the racialized contexts we inhabit. The work of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals occurs within many racialized contexts thus the pervasive racial ideology in the field is worthy of exploration. This activity will explore how racial socialization contributes to colorblind racial ideology (CBRI) and discuss its impacts on understandings of racial inequities.

On-Demand Webinars

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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.
  • Cost: 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.
  • Format: 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. Interactive self-paced activities to use at participants’ convenience.
  • CME: Each activity will offer a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ for physicians and a certificate of participation is available to non-physicians.

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.

Grant Funding

Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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