Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 2 to 3 p.m.
On this upcoming conference call of RWV’s Health Equity Working Group we discussed disparities in access to consistent and adequate mental health care for low-income women and women of color.
On this call we discussed the role of mental health care as it relates to treatment seeking barriers. If individuals feel they won’t be understood because of cross-cultural issues, they are more likely to seek treatment in outpatient setting such as ER, where there is limited-follow up. We also made the important connection between the impact of mental health on physical health. As we move forward with health care reform, it’s important that we include other factors that relate to adequate treatment and health care, beyond race/ethnicity.
Dr. Janet Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Columbia University at Harlem Hospital. She is on the front line battling the emotional and economic impact of mental illness. While living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Taylor practiced community psychiatry at Greater Vancouver Mental Health. She is also a consumer health strategist and certified life coach. Her company, Mind Projects, Inc., specializes in corporate stress management and consumer health strategies. Dr. Taylor recently completed her master's degree in Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
For more information, please see the following resources that Dr. Taylor mentioned on the call: