Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Diverse Populations

Thursday, August 22, 10 am – 11:30 am
This session explores and showcases innovative state workforce approaches to meeting the needs and understanding the lived experiences of individuals with behavioral health needs, particularly racial and ethnic minority populations. In addition to sharing the latest research on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health conditions  and access to care, speakers will explore how Massachusetts and New York are redesigning their payment and delivery systems and integrating Community Health Workers and Credentialed Family Peer Advocates respectively in ways that can address these disparities. Representatives of these professions will serve as panelists as well.

Supported by The Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital through a grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01MD009719).

Erica Guimaraes
Speaker Erica Guimaraes
Program Coordinator Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Daphnne Brown
Speaker Daphnne Brown
Director of Family Involvement / Outreach Families Together in NYS
Tara Murphy
Speaker Tara Murphy
Deputy Director, MassHealth DSRIP Statewide Investments Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Meredith Ray-LaBatt
Speaker Meredith Ray-LaBatt
Deputy Director New York State Office of Mental Health
Johnnie (Chip) Allen
Moderator Johnnie (Chip) Allen
Director of Health Equity Ohio Department of Health
Margarita Alegría
Speaker Margarita Alegría
Chief, Disparities Research Unit Massachusetts General Hospital