12th Annual NMQF Leadership Summit On Health Disparities & CBC Health Braintrust

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During a panel discussion entitled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Detection and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia,” Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Senior Psychiatrist Advisor for Urban Behavioral Associates in Baltimore, MD, and the former Deputy Director for the American Psychiatric Association (far left), stresses “Treatment preferences do not explain disparities.”  She adds, “Blacks receive less outpatient mental health from physicians for most disorders.  Of those that do receive care, Blacks received more treatment than whites for psychotic conditions and an over-diagnosis of schizophrenia.” Also, according to Dr. Primm, “Blacks appear to have lower rates of depression and bipolar disorder than whites.”   Since having mood disorder can affect overall health, learn where you stand, to What’s My M3.  It’s a three-minute, confidential, free online test.  Its also available in the App Store and Google play.

During a panel discussion entitled “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Detection and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia,” Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Senior Psychiatrist Advisor for Urban Behavioral Associates in Baltimore, MD, and the former Deputy Director for the American Psychiatric Association (far left), stresses “Treatment preferences do not explain disparities.” She adds, “Blacks receive less outpatient mental health from physicians for most disorders. Of those that do receive care, Blacks received more treatment than whites for psychotic conditions and an over-diagnosis of schizophrenia.”
Also, according to Dr. Primm, “Blacks appear to have lower rates of depression and bipolar disorder than whites.”
Since having mood disorder can affect overall health, learn where you stand, to What’s My M3. It’s a three-minute, confidential, free online test. Its also available in the App Store and Google play.

By: Sari M. Rovira, MPH, BSN, RN 

Washington, DC – The month of April is National Minority Health Month in the United States. As a result, there have been a number of conferences and observances taking place around the nation that are shedding more light on the significant health disparities suffered by minority populations as well as the advances and significant efforts to combat these disparities.

During the NMQF/CBC Health Braintrust Summit’s Biodiversity Health Policy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Thomas Zenty, CEO, University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio (third from left) received the NMQF’s prestigious Booker T. Washington Award.  Pictured with Mr. Zenty are Representatives Robin L. Kelly (D-IL) (second from left) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) (fourth from left).

During the NMQF/CBC Health Braintrust Summit’s Biodiversity Health Policy Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Thomas Zenty, CEO, University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio (third from left) received the NMQF’s prestigious Booker T. Washington Award. Pictured with Mr. Zenty are Representatives Robin L. Kelly (D-IL) (second from left) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) (fourth from left).

One major, two-day conference which recently concluded in Washington, DC was held by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, this nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives that eliminate health disparities.

Co-sponsored by the NMQF and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, the “12th Annual Leadership Summit On Health Disparities & Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust” featured a multicultural mix of distinguished speakers from across the nation and covered a wide range of critical minority health topics, from Pain Management and HIV Treatment in Diverse Communities to Hypertension Treatments and Ethnic Disparities in the Detection and Treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia. Another, topic that proved to be extremely timely was “The Effects of Gun Violence on the Mental Health of the Community.” For a complete look at all the topics discussed at the NMQF/CBC Health Braintrust Summit, go to http://www.nmqf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015S-Bt_WorkingAgenda_4-16_finalforprint.pdf.

For more information about the National Minority Quality Forum, go to http://www.nmqf.org.

 

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