Health Equity

A01: Action Steps to address health inequities in Primary Care Behavioral Health

The pandemics of racism and COVID-19 continue to disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and to further reinforce existing health inequities, so much so that the term syndemic more adequately captures the lived experience of BIPOC. Inherent to Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) is a deep commitment to realizing health equity. Rooted in our shared humanity as clinicians and researchers, there lies a passion akin to a community organizer and social justice activist. BHCs are often frontline healthcare advocates and educators as champions of the PCBH model. Interrogation, activating change, systems-level thinking, complexity, and community are at the core of Integrated Care for any Behavioral Health Consultant. In this workshop, participants will engage with the PCBH Special Interest Group (SIG) to understand certain guiding principles of activism and advocacy used in health-related professions today. To set the context, presenters will first provide a brief overview of health inequities affecting BIPOC communities, as well as examples of existing efforts at addressing these inequities at the individual and system levels. Presenters will use an ecological framework to engage participants in discussion and self-reflection exercises to promote awareness of their own role in activism and to identify strategies they can apply in their various roles and clinical settings. To this end, presenters will engage participants in discussion about the unique challenges and opportunities that exist within PCBH with the goal of improving the lives of BIPOC communities we serve. This workshop intends to inspire BHCs to take action within and beyond individual therapeutic relationships and advocate for structural changes at different system levels that directly impact their communities.

Author(s): Kelli Bosak, Yajaira Johnson-Esparza, Ha... Keywords: Cultural Humility|Primary Care Behaviora... Continuing Education: 0 Objective 1:: Understand shared principles of movement... Objective 2:: Identify challenges and opportunities th... Objective 3:: Identify ways BHCs can advocate for stru... Level of Evidence: Yellow

  • Handout
  • Action Steps to address health inequities in Primary Care Behavioral Health
  • A01_Bosak_Video.mp4
  • A01_Bosak_Chat File.pdf
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed