Improving Health Outcomes for Diverse Populations - Series

Central East ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC Webinar Series

Improving Health Outcomes for Diverse Populations

Anthony PresidentThree-part series presented by Anthony President on January 12, 19, and 26.

Anthony President is a Certified Trainer with the Institute for Human Services, Ohio Human Services Training Program, Author and Executive Coach. He holds a BA in Sociology from John Carroll University. He has served with distinction as the Senior Training Officer, for Cuyahoga County Human Services and worked with fragile families as a Social Services Worker. Anthony has over 20 years training experience in both the public and private sector on a variety of Human Service and Employee Development topics.


Central East Button - Register for Part 1Part 1: Inequality, Systemic Racism and Disparities Impact on the Behavioral Health of our Clients

Tuesday, January 12, 2021  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Course Description

The Pandemic and recent incidents of Police Brutality have shed new light on age- old problems in the U.S. – inequality, systemic racism and disparities in behavioral health. These problems have caused an increase in substance abuse, suicides, child abuse, and depression. Unfortunately, equality in behavioral health care is the ideal but not yet the real. Disparities occur across many dimensions, including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, location, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation – Kaiser Family. This workshop will discuss how the recent incidents of civil unrest due to police brutality and the disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on African Americans, Latin X and aged populations.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define systemic racism and disparities.
  • Participants will be able to understand the extent of how systemic racism, civil unrest, and disparities has impacted our client population.
  • Participants will be able to list the factors that can contribute to behavioral health care disparities such as provider bias, economic issues and sociopolitical factors among diverse populations.

Central East Button - Register for Part 2Part 2: The Hidden Self- Exploring our Implicit Bias

Tuesday, January 19, 2021  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Course Description

Bias in all human being begins in childhood and is a natural cognitive function of us all. Well intentioned people who consciously disapprove of bias can still harbor implicit bias. Implicit bias can occur instantly &involuntarily with certain groups of people (Justice Research & Statistics Association, 2018). This workshop challenges Behavioral Health Staff to examine their implicit biases which can influence service engagement, case decisions, actions, attitudes and behaviors towards those we serve. We will assess our implicit biases and learn strategies to limit and manage them in the behavioral health setting.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will define and understand implicit bias.
  • Participants will understand the challenges and potential effects of implicit bias in behavioral health care.
  • Participants will assess and determine implicit biases they may possess.
  • Participants will use strategies to help cleanse implicit bias.

Central East Button - Register for Part 3Part 3: Cultural Humility in the Behavioral Health Space

Tuesday, January 26, 2021  |  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Course Description

Behavioral Health Staff support diverse populations throughout the day that may have cultural backgrounds different from their own. It is imperative that workers build a bridge of understanding to better communicate and relate to a broad range of clients. Cultural Humility is a tool that allows workers to explore the culture of others as they explore themselves. Cultural Humility is achieved through respect, open mindedness, and a willingness to learn about diversity. This workshop explores the dynamics of cultural humility and how it can help bridge the gap between staff and diverse clients. “Cultural competence is widely seen as a foundational pillar for reducing disparities through culturally sensitive and unbiased quality care”- (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will define cultural humility.
  • Participants will understand cultural humility as a dynamic process that involves self-reflection & self-examination.
  • Participants will examine potential barriers to achieving cultural humility.
  • Participants will use strategies to employ cultural humility in client engagement and delivery to reduce behavioral health disparities.

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