Last spring, CHNA 17 funded and coordinated an assessment on mental health and racial equity in each of our 6 communities. 38 African American/Black community residents and 39 service providers were interviewed and asked about their perceptions on mental health and racial equity. A detailed report has been compiled with the findings. Over the coming months, we'll be sponsoring community forums to share back what we've learned (the calendar of events is below). The forums are open to the public and we encourage you to participate and to share this information with your networks. While the report is nearly 100 pages, it also includes a section on each community with the data collected. Finally, an executive summary is also available (links below). One of the most important findings from the report is the following:
Community members had much more to say about racism than providers did. Racism was described in every community, and was discussed in detail and in depth by community members, but a significant number of providers in multiple communities expressed that there might not be racially-driven differences in access to services. Some said that they don’t think people experience racism in their communities.
Help work with us to bridge this divide!
Executive Summary - Mental Health and Racial Equity
Final Report - Mental Health and Racial Equity
Please note, some dialogues are geared to providers, and others to residents.