One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, research has consistently shown that essential workers, who are disproportionately members of minority communities, are experiencing adverse emotional effects from it. Minorities are already more likely than their white counterparts to face challenges in accessing mental health care; the stigma surrounding mental health issues, along with a deep-seated distrust of health care providers in some minority communities and a limited number of minority clinicians, only add to access challenges.
The Minority Psychology Network’s (MPN) mobile mental health unit will address both of these challenges by bringing culturally competent behavioral health care providers directly into underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods with high concentrations of essential workers. The bus will have services including limited talk therapy, screenings, and stress management workshops; it is not designed as a replacement for traditional behavioral health services, but rather as a way to start the conversation. Workers staffing the bus will play a liaison role—helping people become aware of the existence of mental health services, and helping them navigate the system. Another important component of this is our mobile app. People can use it to track the bus, but perhaps more importantly to be connected with and referred to a network of minority mental health providers and services, helping ensure continuity of care. Patients will be connected to a network of minority mental health providers who understand their culture and lived experience.
This fall, MPN was selected from among thousands of applicants to receive a generous $100,000 grant from the Booz Allen Innovation Fund, which has allowed us to purchase a bus, begin refurbishing it for use with patients amid the continuing pandemic, and start the process of staffing it and spreading the word about our services in our target Los Angeles neighborhoods and area communities. Winning this funding was a tremendous accomplishment, and we are grateful for the support—but we need your help to make sure that we can keep our doors open and reach as many people as possible! Please consider making a donation to support our efforts to bring culturally competent behavioral health care to the people who need it the most.
The MPN Team
To learn more about MPN and the mobile mental health initiative, visit our website or connect with us on social media!
- Marcus Davis
- Kevin Mason
- Mike Florian
- David Krumer
- BaBa Olu
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