213284 Mental health disparities and research challenges: An interdisciplinary perspective

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:50 AM

Marc A. Safran, MD, MPA , Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Mental health and mental illness are major public health issues of the twenty-first century and affect all segments of the population. Health systems and nations face major challenges with respect to addressing mental health and mental illness and the large health disparities that exist with respect to those aspects of public health. Often, the work of addressing mental health, and of performing the research necessary to learn how to better address mental health and mental health disparities has been performed in isolation, and challenges inherent in such work have gone unrecognized. This presentation reports on the work of an inter-disciplinary cross-agency team convened within the Federal Collaborative for Health Disparities Research to explore and write about challenges and opportunities for addressing mental health disparities in the United States. The presentation will explore specific health disparities, health disparities research challenges, and potential strategies for overcoming them.

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least two health disparities related to mental health. Explain at least two ways in which public health research can help reduce those disparities. Identify at least one aspect of health disparities research that requires added caution.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a US Public Health Service psychiatrist with relevant work experience and recently led an inter-agency team in a related project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.