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Thursday, July 22, 2021 – 12:00 pm ET

Society’s increased focus on issues of inequity and injustice dovetails well with current trends to create social service systems that are “value based.” Imagine if we built medicaid health systems that targeted communities historically marginalized from the healthcare system, or incentivized providers and payers to develop areas left undeveloped due to years of racially motivated neglect.

This quarter’s Community Data Roundtable will highlight how information that is already in the public domain can be harnessed to identify exactly where there are severe problems of inequity in our communities, and then discuss ways this information could be sewn into Value-Based Purchasing proposals.

Our featured guest is Shane Mofford, M.A., a health economist who consults with states to set up interactive data displays on an almost endless array of data that helps them see which communities are flourishing, and which are being left behind. We will highlight, in particular, the Pennsylvania Health Equity Analysis Tool (PA HEAT), which can pinpoint down to the census tract, all sorts of information about disparities regarding, health, housing, food, child care, and more.

Shane and I will look at my own neighborhood in Pittsburgh, and how legacies of injustice can be seen all around, and then discuss incentive models that could help drive intervention for the betterment of all

Please note that non-Pennsylvanians will also benefit from this presentation, because this exact same kind of analysis can be done in your state or province…and we’re hoping you’ll see the value of this work for all.

– Dan Warner, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Community Data Roundtable

Quarterly Community Data Roundtables

The quarterly Community Data Roundtables highlight innovative data work in community data, with a focus on behavioral health outcomes, child welfare, and juvenile justice. We highlight analytic approaches, software, and quality processes that optimize insights for action at the community level, advancing health, equity and justice. Participants in the Roundtable include administrators, data wonks and technical people, and anyone interested in learning what is most cutting edge in community-focused data across the globe.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 — 2:00 pm ET

For black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month, Magellan is offering a free webinar with their medical directors, Dr. Rakel Beall-Wilkins, MD, MPH, psychiatrist, and Dr. Misty Tu, MD, psychiatrist, as they share their knowledge and tips to support BIPOC mental health and answer questions from the audience.

Course Description: 
Impacts from the pandemic have disproportionately affected BIPOC groups, leading to increased stress and mental health concerns. While African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population, they make up 30% of COVID-19 cases and 33% of COVID-19 hospitalizations [1]. Data shows that COVID-19-related deaths among BIPOC groups are also disproportionately higher [1]. Among Hispanic adults during the pandemic, reports of increased or newly initiated substance use (SU) was 36.9%, compared to 14.3%–15.6% among all other respondents, symptoms of depression were reported 59% more frequently than by White individuals, and reports of suicidal thoughts/ideation were 4x higher than for African American and White individuals [2]. Among Asian Americans during the pandemic, 32% have reported fear over being threatened or physically attacked, 45% have reported at least one derogatory incident tied to racial or ethnic background, and 81% have reported a general concern that violence against them is increasing [3].

Historically, individuals in racial and ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive treatment for mental health or SU disorders [2]. Among people with any mental illness in 2015, 22% of Asian people and 31% of African American and Hispanic people received treatment, compared to 48% of White people [4].

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