Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC) Resource Library for Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities

Disparities Tools


Addressing Health Disparities Is a Place Based Issue Academic article that discusses an equitable approach to building healthy communities by applying a place-based approach that involves the community and stakeholders.
A Roadmap and Best Practices for Organizations to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care This report is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national program, Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, to identify promising interventions to reduce disparities in health care.
Behavioral Health Equity  Website offering resources to address behavioral health disparities involving specific populations such as LGBT, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, AN/AI, and AANHPI.
A Blueprint forUsing Data to Reduce Disparities/Disproportionalities in Human Services and Behavioral Health Care This document describes a frmework and process to reduce disparitoes and disproportionalities, using the OJJDP Disproportionate Minority Contact Model.
Building an OrganizationalResponse to Health Disparities Resource that provides a brief introduction in ways to reduce health disparities through data collection, data analysis, culture of equity, quality of improvement, and interventions.
California Reducing Disparities Project Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities This resource details a plan to reduce mental health disparities in California. It includes a discussion of how to build strengths to reduce barriers by: reducing stigma, addressing discrimination, expanding health coverage, improvimh social and environmental conditions, increasing quality of care and enhancing data collection.
Chartbook on Rural Health Care This is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129).
Children’s Mental Health
What Every Policymaker Should Know
Resource that provides a brief introduction in ways to reduce health disparities through data collection, data analysis, culture of equity, quality of improvement, and interventions.
Considering Culture: Building the Best Evidence-Based Practices for Children of Color This case study examines the role of culture in informing and enhancing efforts to level life’s playing field for children of color.
Culturally Competent Care: Some Examples of What Works Follow up study that looks at what cultural and language policy components work to address health disparities in nine healthcare networks asking community members directly about their perceptions and experiences concerning their care.
Disparities in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Mental Health Services in the U.S. Study conducted by the William T Grant Foundation which investigates disparities in mental health and mental health services for minority youth.
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (Fiscal Year 2015) Since 2011, the NCJFCJ has been publishing this Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) that identifies the disproportionality rates for children of color in foster care.
Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach Consensus Statements and Recommendations This report is the outcome of an expert consensus meeting sponsored by the United States Deparment of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, which was convened to formulate consensus statements, provide recommendations and identify key strategies from practice for implementing integrated health and behavioral health care intended to improve health status for underserved populations.
Fresno County Department of Social Services: Confronting Racial Inequities and Disproportionality to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes for Children & Families This report details Fresno County’s early efforts and the work still underway to address racial inequities and improve outcomes for all children and youth involved in the county’s child welfare system.
Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Partners Comprehensive look at health equity and social determinants of health.
HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Implementation Progress Report 2011-2014 Action Plan on reducing disparities from the US Department of Health.
Implicit Bias in the Child Welfare, Education and Mental Health Systems Paper that investiagtes the impact of racial bias on the child welfare, education, and mental health systems.
Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities for Priority Populations Study that examines existing interventions to improve culturally appropriate health care for people with disabilities, LGBTQ populations, and racial/ethnic minorities.
Increasing Cultural Competence to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities Set of hands on tools and worksheets for practioners designed to help them address disparities in their communities.
Key Resources for Promoting Equity and Reducing Disparities Compendium of web based equity focused resources.
Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity/A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General This Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS], 1999) documents the existence of striking disparities for minorities in mental health services and the underlying knowledge base.
Mental Health Service Utilization among Black Youth; Psychosocial Determinants in a National Sample Details a study which investigated the association between demographic factors, socieconomic status, psychiatric disorders, and mental health utilization among black youth.
Multicultural Health Care: A Quality Improvement Guide A quality improvement framework for healthcare organizations to promote more culturally appropriate care, provide equitable access for individuals with limited english proficiency, and reduce health care disparities.
National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy 2015 Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. These reports to Congress are mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129).
Race for Results (2017) - Building a Path to Opportunity for all Children AECF Policy Report that explores the intersection of children, opportunity, race, and immigration. The data analyzed measures how children are progressing on key milestones by race and ethnicty at the national and state levels.
Race for Results (2014) - Building a Path to Opportunity for all Children Policy report on how chidlren progress on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups.
Race Matters Toolkit: User’s Guide This toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care among U.S. Adolescents Fact Sheet discussing disparities in access to healthcare, utilization, and health status among Hispanic, Black, and White adolescennts (age 12-17).
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care for Children and Young Adults: A National Study Academic article discussing racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care for young adults and children.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Youth Incarceration Webinar discussing racial and ethnic disparities in youth incarceration.
Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare Issue brief which explores the prevalance of racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system, as well as providing strategies to address these issues.
Reducing Disparities Beginning in Early Childhood Provides data regarding racial and ethnic disproportionality that begins in early childhood and ways to reduce that.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Practice Manual Manual designed to promote racial and ethnic fairness in the juvenile justice system.
Serving Everyone At the Table: Strategies for Enhancing the Availability of Culturally Competent Mental Health Service- Making Children's Mental Health Services Succesful This monograph aims to increase awareness of the impact of culture on the availability of mental health services with the goal of improving services for culturally/racially diverse families in ways that reduce mental health disparities.
Strategies to Reduce Racially Disparate Outcomes in Child Welfare Survey of state and national strategies to promote racial equity among children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Think- Speak - Act Cultural Health: Part 1

Think- Speak - Act Cultural Health: Part 2

Videos - At the 2010 Quality Health Care for Diverse Populations Conference, colleagues were asked to share how they Think, Speak and Act Cultural Health.
Two Lenses, One Goal: Understanding the Psychological and Structural Barriers People of Color Face in the Criminal Justice System Brief explaining the barriers people of color faced when dealing with criminal justice reform. Recommendations for addressing these barriers are also made.
You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities The authors highlight how our interactions across racial lines continue to yield differential outcomes in school discipline, with devastating consequences for many youth of color.