The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3066.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 9:30 AM

Abstract #58128

Creating a Responsive and Culturally Competent Mental Health Delivery System for Underserved Populations of Color

Abdin Noboa-Rios, PhD, Research and Evaluation Department, IQ Solutions, Inc., 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 801, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-984-1471,

While African American and Latinos represent some of the lowest rates of utilization of mental health services among racial populations, particular subgroups are in great need of mental health care. Inner-city African Americans have higher rates of psychotic diagnosis, Puerto Ricans suffer from particular rates of “ataques de nervios,” Chicanos exhibit more than twice the national rate of depression, while El Salvadorans exceed 3 times the need for outpatient mental health services from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) increased mental health services to high need groups who are 1) primarily unaware of the distinction between mental health and primary care; 2) adversely affected by economic, linguistic, and cultural barriers to mental health care; and 3) highly resistant to mental health care due to misperceptions that mental illness is equated with craziness (“estar loco”) and the associated stigma for persons who seek mental health care.

In a statewide effort to create a culturally competent system of care, ODMH has 1) designed an organizational culturological assessment tool to assess the degree of organizational cultural competence among mental health agencies in selected counties; 2) provided specific T-A to those organizations; 3) convened statewide conferences to raise awareness about culturally competent services, and 4) provided resources and information on viable approaches/strategies for mentally ill populations of color.

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Keywords: Mental Health, Minorities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Culture-Specific Mental Health Intervention

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA