The Challenge

REDUCING BARRIERS TO CULTURALLY COMPETENT CARE

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

—Maya Angelou


The African-American Challenge To Mental Wellness


Transitions in life can be hard. Mental health professionals are essential in helping individuals understand one’s challenges and roadblocks when creating new attitudes and a change in behavior. 


As an African-American, you may find it challenging to reach out to a therapist because of the stigma attached to mental health, and the cost for many can also be prohibitive due to the lack of insurance and the ability to pay for the deductible. Not to mention, finding a healthcare professional who looks like you and can understand the role of cultural beliefs, customs, and values play in building insights into relationships.  Also, in Minnesota, the mental health field is an overwhelmingly white profession. These are all barriers to our wellness in becoming whole as African-Americans.

By focusing our efforts on improving the cultural competence among healthcare professionals, government and non-profit organizations through networking, peer mentorship and the exchange of ideas on mental health issues affecting African-Americans, we believe we can have an impact.   Will you join us?



The Case for Culturally-Competent Care


 "People with chronic conditions require more health services, therefore increasing their interaction with the health care system. If the providers, organizations, and systems are not working together to provide culturally competent care, patients are at higher risk of having negative health consequences, receiving poor quality care, or being dissatisfied with their care. "


Source:  Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute