Using the Gifts of History to Promote Wellness
An Essay by the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Every February, during Black History Month, we are reminded that most of us—regardless of color or culture—grew up with an incomplete view of American and European history. We were missing the perspectives of colonized peoples, enslaved Africans and their descendants, and the conquered original nations of this continent. When we lack these perspectives, we lack important information about powerful forces that have influenced the range of social, psychological, economic, and environmental circumstances—the social determinants of health—that have shaped the health and well-being of African Americans.
People of Color Learning Community
The South Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center hosts a virtual five-part learning community for prevention professionals working in communities of color. The learning community discusses strategies for creating outcomes-based change in communities of color. The series covers best practices for delivering culturally competent services, prevention’s role in eliminating systemic and structural barriers to wellness, and much more.
Black American Behavioral Health Equity
SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) links resources that promote behavioral health equity for Black Americans including national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.
About Black History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.