Access for Everyone: A Toolkit for Addressing Health Equity and Racial Justice within Integrated Care Settings

A New Toolkit from the National Council for Mental Wellness

The first module is available here and focuses on mental health equity, including the need for culturally and linguistically appropriate care. The entire toolkit, modules 2-6, will be released by March of 2022. 

Information from the page, provided by the National Council for Mental Wellness on this toolkit:

As an organization, we have vowed to raise awareness about health care inequities and are committed to providing support to our members as they begin to or continue to address these inequities and persistent health disparities rooted in systemic racism in order to improve health care access and outcomes. Join us in taking the vow to raise awareness about health care inequities, and through this toolkit, build upon your knowledge related to health equity, health inequity, health disparities and social determinants, health literacy, cultural literacy, in order to address racial and social inequities and support your patients and organizations.

Purpose of this Toolkit:

The Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CoE-IHS) developed this toolkit and list of resources for you and your organization to support you in addressing racial inequities and the associated stigmas that lead to mental health and substance use treatment disparities and ensure you have the tools to support your patients and organizations. You and your team will be able to set your own pace and supplement your knowledge in the identified areas in a variety of formats to suit different learning styles.

We recommend that organizational managers/leaders assess the level of group knowledge related to health equity, health inequity, health disparities and social determinants, health literacy, cultural literacy, and racial equity and social justice in your organization. Forming a diversity committee focused on training might help this process within your organization.

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