Will Rhett-Mariscal, PhD, MS, is the Director for the Health Equity team at CIBHS. Dr. Rhett-Mariscal has developed and implemented practice and system improvement projects impacting California’s public behavioral health system in the areas of health equity, health care integration, prevention and early intervention, and SUD.
In January 2016, CIBHS is convening the Care Coordination Learning Collaborative (CCLC), a Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative aimed at improving the overall health of individuals who have serious mental health disorders through care coordination among primary care and specialty providers.
The Health Equity Team aims to become the recognized experts in California leading efforts to achieve health equity and social justice, helping families and communities achieve whole health. We do so by being focused on the people we are working for and with, having a close relationship with the community, and valuing diversity.
Promotores de salud (health promoters) play a key role in advancing the wellbeing of the communities they serve. Promotores are individuals who provide health education and support to community members, provide their services in the community, and are generally from the community they serve. They can help address multiple barriers to accessing services, such as those related to transportation, availability, culture, language, stigma, and mistrust.
The Center for Multicultural Development (CMD) was established with the enthusiastic support of California’s county mental health directors. The center was designed to promote the cultural competence of publicly funded behavioral health systems and ensure the integration of cultural competence into policy development, research, training, technical assistance, and other activities and products of CIBHS. Programs, trainings and materials have been developed to assist California provide culturally appropriate services to meet the needs of diverse populations.