De-Stigmatizing Stigma: Bridging the Mental Health Equity Gap

This virtual (WebEx) webinar – held on Thursday, May 23 – focused on the key drivers and social determinants of inequity in mental healthcare and why all providers should be engaged in their patients' mental health.

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There has been increasing recognition that mental health is an integral component of overall health and wellbeing; psychological and behavioral health concerns are highly linked to other chronic conditions and patients with unaddressed mental health needs face worse physical health outcomes. While cultural acceptance of mental health and wellness has increased in recent years, significant stigma surrounding mental illness remains, which differs in magnitude and impact across geography, occupation, and cultural background.

Due to issues of stigma, access, cost, and provider shortages, many patients receive most of their mental healthcare from their primary care or other physical healthcare providers. Within the value-based care landscape, there have been increasing efforts to incorporate performance metrics related to mental health and a push toward behavioral health integration within alternative payment models.

The objective of this webinar is for providers to better understand how SDOH factors and stigma impact a patient’s ability to seek mental healthcare; which aspects of mental healthcare fall within the scope of non-mental behavioral health specialist providers; and why engagement in their patients’ mental health is important from the perspective of value-based care and healing.


Speakers included:

Denise White-Perkins, MD, PhD
Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Healthcare Equity Initiatives, Office of System Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Denise White Perkins
David Moore, PsyD
Senior Staff Clinical Health Psychologist
Director, Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Psychology Services
Denise White Perkins
Kimberly Kowalec, RN, MSN
Director, Clinical and Social Health Integration

Please join us for this important hour of education (1 CME).

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