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Racism and Our Families’ Health: Connecting the Dots… Racism and Mental Health
July 23rd, 2021 from 10am-12:15pm
Virtual Town Hall Organized by the Bronx Health REACH,
Please join our virtual town-hall style conference: Racism and Our Families’ Health: Connecting the Dots… Racism and Mental Health on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 from 10am-12:15pm EST. The Bronx was the hardest hit by the pandemic and ranks 62 out of 62 counties in NY State in terms of healthcare outcomes. This forum addresses issues raised by the pandemic but prevalent in our borough for years.
Participants will be given the opportunity to ask pressing questions of experts and leaders on mental health in the Bronx, NY. This event is organized by Bronx Health REACH, a community coalition led by the Institute for Family Health, and its partnering faith based organizations working on addressing the racial and ethnic health disparities in the Bronx, New York. Please RSVP here! !
There is now an understanding about the role racism can play in the mental health of people of color. And the potential repercussion this can have on their ability to maintain good physical health. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, affect people’s ability to participate in health-promoting behaviors. When compared to the other NYC boroughs, the Bronx has the highest prevalence of psychological distress, at 6.5%, where the average in the rest of the city is 5.3% (New York City Community Health Survey, 2015). This is exacerbated by the Bronx being the poorest congressional district . The racial and ethnic health disparities are rooted in the systems and institutions in place that have consistently set the stage for the perpetuation of racism and the generational impact and trauma inflicted on persons of color. If you want to learn about how your organization compares to others in advancing racial equity, check out THIS ASSESSMENT!
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst, driving a sense of urgency for all of us to be part of the conversation and efforts to achieve the liberation of these systems that perpetuate racism.
We aim to provide a space to (1) discuss the work of faith-based partners in addressing racism; (2) understand the relationship between racism, racial disparities, and mental health; (3) and get a commitment from the audience to help address mental health and the impact of racism.
Bronx Health REACH Coalition