Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities and Improving Outcomes for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

Katherine Sanchez, , Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Rick Ybarra, , M.A., Teresa Chapa, , Ph.D., M.P.A., Octavio N. Martinez, , M.D., M.P.H.

Integrated care holds promise for reducing mental health disparities for racial and ethnic minority groups, but studies are lacking. The authors consider critical components of effective integrated models for minority populations, including cultural and linguistic competence and a diverse workforce, and describe emerging best practices. To successfully implement integrated models into practice with minority populations will require guidance from communities, consumers and family members, and national experts.

This column highlights findings from a literature review report that served to inform a national consensus meeting convened by the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to develop recommendations on the most promising integrated health care approaches for engaging racial and ethnic minority populations and individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to improve outcomes and reduce health and mental health disparities (1).

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Website: ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ps.201400581

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