Core Leadership Skills for People of Color in Behavioral Health Roles: Mentoring Young People of Color - Part 2
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2 pm ET
Co-facilitators: Celia Brown, Regional Advocacy Specialist at NYS Office of Mental Health and Chacku Mathai, STAR Center Director
What are the challenges that young people of color face when taking leadership roles in mental health?
How can mentoring support young people to overcome these issues? The United States is rapidly transforming into one of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world. Groups--including Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives--are the fastest growing segments of the population. Despite the rapid growth of racial and ethnic minority groups, their representation among the nation’s health professionals has grown only modestly. (IOM: Smedley, Stith Butler, and Bristow, 2004) There are explicit differences between cultures, particularly in terms of the values, attitudes and behaviors of individuals, and this divergence has implications for leadership in organizations (Hofstede and Hofstede, 2005; Alves et al., 2006).
There are many issues faced by people of color that are major stressors impacting our mental health status including the continued disparities in health and mental health outcomes for people of color. Increasing the capacity of leadership in mental health organizations to reach and connect with communities of color is a recognized organizational change strategy. The STAR Center's monthly national networking call for people of color is for anyone who is interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders.
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