"Racial/ethnic disparities within and outside of the healthcare system"
The goal of this presentation is to increase understanding about the epidemiology and health services research demonstrating racial/ethnic disparities in behavioral health and behavioralhealth treatment. As the field moves from identifying disparities to developing and testing interventions to reduce these disparities, I will also present a summary of how structural racism and provider discrimination act as mechanisms underlying these disparities and examples of policy and clinical interventions that have been undertaken to address these mechanisms. Key to the success of these interventions are the development of partnerships between community stakeholders, academic institutions, and clinicians. One such partnership recently formed in the Boston area holds promise and will be discussed.
Dr. Benjamin Cook is a health services researcher focused on improving access and quality of treatment for individuals living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. He also has a particular focus on improving methods of measuring and understanding underlying pathways of healthcare disparities, and applying these methods to analyses of national data sets and healthcare systemelectronic health records.He has been PI of multiple NIH-, AHRQ-, PCORI-and private foundation-funded studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Director of the Health EquityResearch Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA and the PRIME Center for Health Equity at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.