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Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128180129, 9780128180136

Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations

1st Edition

Editor: Alfiee Breland-Noble
eBook ISBN: 9780128180136
Paperback ISBN: 9780128180129
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd May 2020
Page Count: 246
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Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations summarizes research on reducing mental health disparities in underserved populations through community engagement programs. It discusses the efficacy of such programs with specific populations of people of color and cultures, for specific disorders, and via specific communities. It identifies how and why community engagement works with these populations, how best to set up new community programs, the steps and stakeholders to success, and includes case studies showing successes and the challenges involved.

Key Features

  • Identifies how and why these programs achieve success through patient engagement
  • Explores efficacy with specific ethnicities and cultures
  • Discusses efficacy of programs through schools, churches, non-profits, and more
  • Includes case studies with their successes and challenges
  • Provides guidelines on the development and implementation of community programs


Researchers in clinical psychology, and practitioners working with underserved people of color

Table of Contents

Section 1: Background
1. Introduction (Breland-Noble)
2. Foundations of Patient and Community Engagement

Section 2: Research and Capacity Building in Action
3. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Latino Youth
4. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Asian Youth
5. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Native American/American Indian Youth
6. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Arab Youth
7. Patient and Community Engagement for Mental Health Disparities in Black Youth
8. Families and Engagement

Section 3: Settings for Partnerships
9. Churches/Faith Communities
10. Schools
11. Community Based Organizations
12. Non-Profits
13. Youth Led Organizations
14. Hospitals and Clinics
15. Conclusion: Best practices and implementation considerations


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About the Editor

Alfiee Breland-Noble

Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is an internationally recognized scientist, author, media personality and speaker. With a primary focus on teens, college students, families and communities of color, she is recognized for her remarkable ability to motivate and inspire by translating complex scientific concepts (developed via her 20+ years of research leadership in Research 1 institutions) into everyday language. As Founder and Board President of the AAKOMA Project, Inc. (initially an academic psychiatry research lab; now a 501©(3) nonprofit), Dr. Breland-Noble and her team have built a research enterprise founded on the science of adolescent and community engagement. She was part of the senior leadership team with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and the Congressional Black Caucus on the report Ring the Alarm and the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act of 2019. Her academic publications and presentations reflect her commitment to a culturally relevant, patient centered approach to reducing mental health disparities. Her research interests include increasing mental health treatment use by African American youth, youth of color, families and communities, suicide prevention, mental health equity and stigma reduction, depressive disorders, mental illness and improving treatments for all youth. Dr. Breland-Noble trained at Howard University, New York University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Duke University School of Medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

The AAKOMA Project, Inc. and Georgetown Medical Center Expertise: Adolescent Mental Health Disparities, Patient Centered Outcomes Research, Depressive Illness, Behavioral Clinical Trials, Patient Engagement, Community Engagement, CBPR, Mixed Methods


"This book is useful for academics, practitioners, researchers, community activists, and mental health workers in various fields. Similar books regarding health disparities such as Patient-Centered Clinical Care for African Americans: A Concise, Evidence-Based Guide to Important Differences and Better Outcomes, Hall (Springer, 2020) are identified. However, this book is written from a scholarly-clinical perspective and more useful to academics or researchers seeking to improve upon access and quality of mental health services for people of color." --Doody

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