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Advancing Equity

While rates of mental health and substance use conditions do not differ significantly across most racial and ethnic groups, gaps in access to treatment persist for many communities of color. Significant work is needed to close this gap and to ensure that behavioral healthcare is culturally and linguistically appropriate, and that providers are representative of the communities that they serve.


Communities of color may also face additional threats to their mental health and overall well-being - such as poverty, discrimination, housing instability, and violence. New partnerships between health care and other sectors - like criminal justice and education - are helping to change community conditions and norms, promote greater healing, and prevent mental illness.

Partners leading this work across California include:


California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Prevention Institute

Public Health Enterprises, Inc. (Los Angeles County)


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