WMU: Black Women Less Likely to Get Needed Care; Tridiuum’s New Data-Driven Assessment Tool

WMU: Black Women Less Likely to Get Needed Care; Tridiuum’s New Data-Driven Assessment Tool

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Announcements:

 Our Gen Bold Youth Advisory Board member and youth advocate Chloe Chang Sørensen will be presenting tomorrow at the United State of Women Summit 2018. She will be sharing the learnings of Gen Bold’s workshops and focus groups, as well as about an exciting new project that’s in the works — thanks to the Hope and Grace Initiative!

We’re so excited to be able to shout out the work of Gen Bold at USOW’s first ever mental health panel! Gen Bold’s Youth Advisory Board set out to answer why it is that young women experience depression and anxiety at greater rates than young men, but are less likely to access services. You can read more about their work here.

The United State of Women Summit will take place from May 5 – 6 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

News:

Blacks, Latinos & Women Less Likely to Receive Needed Care
California Healthline – 5.1.18

A study released on Tuesday by the RAND Corporation found that though black Californians are more likely to experience mental health problems than other ethnic groups, they are less likely to get the care that they need. Study lead Eberhart and her team of researchers used data from the California Health Interview Survey.

The study honed in on the compounding cycle of untreated mental health problems and accumulating absences from work, which disproportionately affects black and Latino Californians — especially those that are women. The findings underscore the concept of “multiple jeopardies” in public health, which refers to the overlapping vulnerabilities that people with two or more marginalized identities, like black women, face.

Women are more likely to go without the mental health services that they need, and end up missing more days of work as a result. Multiple absences like these often put women at risk of losing their jobs, exacerbating their stress and mental health problems.

“I think there is a great deal of stigma, of guilt and shame surrounding mental health, and also women are dealing with the requirement to be resilient, like Superwoman,” said executive director of Black Women for Wellness Janette Robinson Flint. “They bury that and go to work to pay their bills, to make money so they can move forward. Because of that need to be resilient, because of the shame and guilt, people have anxiety attacks and heart attacks.”

Read about Young Minds’ work with the gender gap in mental health online at ymadvocacy.org/gen-bold.

Tridiuum Introduces New Mental Health Assessment Tool
Cision – 5.2.18

Triduum released a new data-driven youth mental health assessment tool, called Youth MH, on Wednesday. The Pennsylvania-based behavioral health solutions company hope to address the disproportionate incidence of mental health problems in teens with early detection and intervention.

The tool is meant to be used by mental health providers and specialists across the country that work with young people. Youth MH collects intake data from both young people and their parents and caregivers, develops a behavioral health index (BHI) score, and models BHI scores from the response data on an expected treatment response (ETR) curve.

“We have found with our adult mental health product that the ETR is extremely useful for not only tracking patient’s progress and modifying treatment plans, but also engaging the patient in their own treatment, thus improving overall clinical effectiveness,” noted Vice President of Clinical Science, Tina Harralson, PhD.

“When providers can easily track the BHI over time, it opens up the door to managing risk factors, understanding patient progress and further refining treatment to achieve better responses, adherence, and a more stable life.”

More Stories:

New map may help find tax-funded mental health programs
Los Angeles Times – 4.30.18

How the CARE Act changes practice for caregivers
California Healthline — 4.30.18

College students “clamor” for mental health services on campus
Mercury News – 4.29.18

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