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Accelerating Training in Behavioral Health Equity: A Learning Series for Trainees

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This 4-part learning series is designed to enhance education and training related to health equity for current behavioral health trainees. The program is designed to introduce trainees to various structural factors that contribute to behavioral health disparities, outline the role of social justice in achieving behavioral health equity, and foster understanding and appreciation of culture and community in promoting equity. The program is also designed to increase the number of behavioral health trainees with a particular emphasis on and orientation towards applying social justice to behavioral health practice.


  • Outline the multiple determinants of health contributing to behavioral health disparities among marginalized communities
  • Explain social justice as a critical component in prevention, treatment, recovery and healing
  • Apply key social justice concepts to promote equity in behavioral health


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

About the Presenter

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Marilyn Sampilo, PhD, MPH.

Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health at Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Marilyn Sampilo is a clinical psychologist who specializes in integrated behavioral health and health disparities among diverse and marginalized populations. She received her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, a Master of Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral aspects of public health from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and an executive certificate in social impact strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, all of which have allowed her to develop extensive experience in prevention, health promotion and intervention for diverse populations, particularly the Hispanic and Latinx population. Dr. Sampilo is also well-versed in public policy from her tenure as a health equity and cultural competency administrator at the state level where she led the agency’s behavioral health equity initiatives and consulted with state agencies on issues of equity and diversity particularly related to racially and ethnically diverse, immigrant and refugee populations. She is currently a psychologist in the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health at Cleveland Clinic where she works in integrated behavioral health within primary care. She currently serves as the health equity and social justice lead for the Center and is chair of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Pediatrics Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She also works with various local, state, regional, and national entities on training and professional development in the areas of health equity, diversity, and cultural proficiency.

September 7, 2022
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