Health Disparities and Health Equity
Addressing health disparities and advancing equity is a major area of focus for the New England ATTC. Our ATTC offers multiple training and TA events on this topic regionally.
Recent highlights include:
The New England ATTC has maintained a major focus on health disparities and health equity through an array of training and TA offerings, participation in national workgroups, and dissemination of blogs.
On March 4, 2021, the New England ATTC presented a virtual training event entitled “The Impact of Racism and Violence on Communities” in partnership with the Substance Use Mental Health Leadership Council in Rhode Island. This workshop addressed issues of racism and violence, and how these issues impact work with people with substance use disorders. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to: a) identify the types of violence and trauma related issues that have impacted minority communities, b) analyze historical and systemic forms of racism, and c) discuss the concept of violence as a public health issue.
The New England ATTC hosted a training with subject matter expert Haner Hernandez on "Social Determinants of Health: Impacts on Disparities, Discriminatory Practices and the Need to Develop and Deliver Services Grounded in Equity" for The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island on March 4th. This workshop introduced participants to how social determinants of health contribute to disparities and marginalization in the US.
In partnership with the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island, the New England ATTC presented the "Wraparound Virtual Training Series" throughout February and March 2021 with subject matter expert Michele Stewart-Copes. Wraparound refers to individualized planning and intervention for individuals and family members experiencing behavioral health issues, and related community obstacles surrounding substance use and mental health. This training was offered throughout the state of Rhode Island to family members, community health workers and behavioral health providers. The focus was on parents, family members, youth, and young adults impacted by opioid addiction and substance use challenges. Following the wraparound virtual training series, Michelle Stewart-Copes and Haner Hernandez have been providing technical assistance to the Parent Support Network of RI on best practices in fostering an equitable, inclusive culture. Technical assistance is ongoing and includes the formation of an Equity and Inclusion Committee, and the conduct of an organizational self-assessment using the CLAS Assessment Tool.
The New England ATTC partnered with Call for Action (CFA) Boston, a non-profit organization serving Massachusetts to coordinate their annual Latinx Wellness Care Conference from December 9-11, 2020. CFA's main objective is to address disparities that affect the LGBTQIA community. Their focus population is men who have sex with men and transgender women and their goal is to nurture a healthy Latinx LGBTQIA community by addressing structural barriers preventing individuals from having fair access to wellness care, while creating awareness in developing a culturally appropriate workforce to provide services to the community. The conference objective was to convene members of the Latinx LGBTQIA community in Massachusetts to engage Latinx LGBTQIA community members to discuss a culturally celebratory framework to connect members to wellness care effectively. There was discussion with the Latinx LGBTQIA community about the challenges developing a culturally appropriate and trauma-informed workforce while aiming to engage and retain members of the community. The conference was entirely in Spanish and the New England ATTC coordinated a key note address from Haner Hernandez that expanded on core principles of the conference including a new Latinx-centered workforce development and training initiative.
Other popular health equity training topics and products/resources by the New England ATTC include:
- Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Needs Assessment Tool
- Cultural Humility and Cultural Intelligence
- Cultural Intelligence: Understanding and Incorporating CLAS Standards into Practice
- Understanding Disparities and Building Health Equity from a Social Justice Perspective During the COVID-19 Healthcare Crisis