The webinar provides an overview of social determinants, specifically violence and discrimination, unemployment and problems with law enforcement, which contribute to the creation of challenges concerning the behavioral health of African American Transitional Aged Youth(TAY) Males. A specific area of focus will be relationships between law enforcement and young black men, and how negative, violent interactions have contributed to a possible increase in depression, anxiety, acting out and tendency to self-harm in many instances.
The summit focused on culturally-specific strategies for promoting wellness. Traditional approaches to healing were used as well as key considerations and concrete methods for building the evidence for community-based practices.
The webinar series focuses on community-defined practices (CDPs) and promising practices in racial and ethnic communities (Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, African American, and Latino).
It is designed to promote specific strategies, discuss the implementation of effective practices, and discuss how to address systemic change at the local/county level and beyond in terms of creating policy to support CDPs in our communities.
This is a supplemental report to the African American Population Report for the California Reducing Disparities Project: We Ain’t Crazy! Just Coping with a Crazy System: Pathways into the Black Population for Eliminating Mental Health Disparities