Barriers to Mental Health Care for Boston-Area Black Residents [Report]

Barriers to Mental Health Care for Boston-Area Black Residents [Report]

by the ARC Team

Does Boston-area mental health care adequately serve Black residents? Community Health Network Area 17 (CHNA 17) invited EGC to partner in addressing this question for six cities near Boston.

CHNA 17’s 2018 report cites seven major barriers to American-born Blacks receiving mental health care as needed. Barriers include:

  • a double-stigma associated with mental health issues in the current social climate

  • a dearth of Black mental health providers

 CAMBRIDGE, MA - Focus group for Cambridge mental health service providers, facilitated by EGC’s Applied Research and Consulting.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Focus group for Cambridge mental health service providers, facilitated by EGC’s Applied Research and Consulting.

 SOMERVILLE, MA - Nika Elugardo (left) and Stacie Mickelson (right), former and current Directors, respectively, of EGC’s Applied Research and Consulting co-facilitating a mental health care focus group with Somerville residents.

SOMERVILLE, MA - Nika Elugardo (left) and Stacie Mickelson (right), former and current Directors, respectively, of EGC’s Applied Research and Consulting co-facilitating a mental health care focus group with Somerville residents.

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