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Integrated Healthcare for Racial and Ethnic Minorities:  An Opportunity to Improve and Reduce Disparities
Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST.

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Integrated health care is gaining significant momentum across the nation as a preferred approach to providing optimal care for both physical health and behavioral health conditions. Research shows that treating physical health and behavioral health conditions as early as possible, holistically, in a coordinated fashion, close to a person’s home and community, and in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner leads to the best health outcomes.

This presentation is designed to enhance the audiences’ knowledge in the delivery of integrated health care to racial and ethnic minority populations based on a collaborative project led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. A national consensus report outlining guiding principles, recommendations and best practice innovations related to the delivery of integrated health care services to racial and ethnic minority communities will be presented.  Key science, practice, and policy recommendations outlined in this report will form the basis of the presentation and establish a direction for the transformation of the current behavioral health care system from a “treatment as usual” and singular focused approach to an integrated, whole health approach designed to improve the physical and behavioral health status and well-being of racial and ethnic minority communities and persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).

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Our Speakers:

Teresa Chapa, PHD, MPA, is a senior policy advisor on Mental Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.  Dr. Chapa leads behavioral health and integrated care initiatives within the federal Office of Minority health aimed at eliminating disparities in mental health and substance use among under-represented and underserved racial and ethnic minorities, and limited English-speaking minority populations.  As a member of the senior leadership team, Chapa works to ensure that behavioral health is part of the public health agenda.  Key initiatives focus on building a diverse, multidisciplinary, and culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health system of care, workforce, leadership development, and the promotion of integrated health care.  She develops and supports innovative solutions and demonstration projects that can inform policies and practices aimed at eliminating disparities and promoting quality of care.

 Katherine Sanchez, LCSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.  Dr. Sanchez practiced as a bilingual clinical social worker for 15 years, primarily in medical settings with monolingual Spanish-speaking populations.  Her principal area of research is in integrated health care and the provision of socio-culturally, linguistically adapted models for the treatment of co-morbid mental and physical illness.   Dr. Sanchez teaches social work direct practice courses.  She has reviewed the research literature extensively and written on linguistic competency and patient treatment preferences in teh provision of mental health services.


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