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Black Mental Health Matters (Part I) is a webinar facilitated by Dr. Eunice Peterson, a board-certified Adult, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. The webinar is an interactive presentation with a Q&A session designed to provide participants with an understanding of how racism impacts mental health.

Dr. Peterson will present information on the history of racism in healthcare, the stigma of mental healthcare in communities of color, and the impact of microtraumas and microaggressions on the mental health/wellness in communities of color.

Part I of this webinar program will focus on some of the ways that the history of racism impacts the delivery and accessibility of mental health care in communities of color. While both Part I and Part II of “Black Mental Health Matters” are open to all participants, Part I of the series will provide insights specific to healthcare providers and the staff that support them.

Learning Objectives:
To understand the history that informs the barriers to seeking mental healthcare in the Black community/communities of color and to learn some of the ways in which racism impacts mental health.

To better understand the key determinants of racial equity in delivering mental health services and to sensitize healthcare professionals to the equity challenges across race in mental health services.

To learn about the ways in which police brutality and other forms of institutional racism impact the mental health in the Black community and communities of color.

To provide patient/patient communities and mental healthcare providers with insights into how micro trauma and microaggressions (related to racism) impact mental health.

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