Disparities in the Mental Health Field

Did you know…?

  • Diverse and vulnerable populations have worse health outcomes than their counterparts.
  • Among Latinos with a mental disorder, fewer than 1 in 11 contact a mental health specialist and Latinos are more frequently undertreated than non-Latino whites.
  • The patients seen in community clinics have more medical co-morbidities and experience more psychosocial stressors (i.e., financial crisis, loss of a loved one) than those seen in most medical settings.
  • Only 10% of all evidence-based treatments actually end up being used in community clinics.
  • It takes, on average, 15-20 years for evidence-based treatments to reach low-income, diverse communities. This is called the “science-practice gap”.
  • “Dissemination and Implementation Research” refers to the study of the process by which evidence-based treatments can be taught and used effectively in communities. The goal of D&I research is to reduce the science-practice gap.

Praise for Workshops

The lecture was outstanding–one of the best lectures of the didactic curriculum so far. The information presented on trauma was both research-based and experience driven, which allowed me to take away practical pieces of information that I will be able to use in real time. It’s not often that in a one-hour presentation I come away feeling as though my knowledge base has expanded in a way that is functional in clinical practice. I actually think another lecture on this topic that goes a step beyond in terms of treatment approaches would be awesome. Would welcome Dr. Marques back any time!

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MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

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This was a fantastic lecture. The lecturer was concise, practical, informative, evidence based, and clinically informed. I really appreciated the tools that she gave us for addressing this very difficult topic with patients. I left the lecture feeling more confident that I could more empathically and accurately take a trauma history. Kudos to such a great and needed lecture

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MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

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One of the best didactics we have had. Her style of presenting evidence based and practical clinically relevant information about trauma and how to work with patients with trauma- giving specific examples and advice- was excellent.

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MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

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A great intro to trauma talk! Should definitely be kept in the curriculum. Would love to have her give a series of lectures where we actually learn more about the nuts and bolts of working with trauma patients (like, how to do the different therapies) as opposed to just the theories, but was still a great intro.

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MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

 

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