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Race & Ethnicity Data: Search Results: Reports, Policy Briefs, and Other Resources

CPEHN is excited to release Accessing Mental Health in the Shadows: How Immigrants in California Struggle to Get Needed Care.The expansion of public mental health services over the last several decades, while significant, has not guaranteed access to mental health care for all California residents, especially undocumented immigrants.Over the past year, CPEHN interviewed fifteen county behavioral health leaders representing twelve California county behavioral health departments in order to evaluate the barriers that immigrant communities face when accessing mental health care.

Innovations in Mental HealthCommunities of color and LGBTQ communities have historically been unserved, underserved, or inappropriately served by California’s behavioral health system. Without innovation in local delivery systems, the prevalence of inappropriate treatment or no treatment among communities of color and LGBTQ communities will remain. This summer, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, along with its partners the California Primary Care Association and #Out4MentalHealth, released a brief on mental health innovation in California. The brief highlights models of local innovation and opportunities for local and statewide change to ensure new practices are introduced into California’s mental health system. 

CPEHN is excited to release the California Reducing Disparities Project: Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities. This report was developed by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network in partnership with the California Reducing Disparities Project Partners.

The Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparitieswas developed between 2012 and 2015 by the CaliforniaPan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) with our partnersrepresenting diverse populations in California. The StrategicPlan is part of the California Reducing Disparities Project(CRDP), which is funded through the Mental HealthServices Act (MHSA, or Proposition 63).

Kế Hoạch để Làm Giảm Sự Chênh Lệch về Sức Khỏe Tâm Thần (Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities) được lập ra bởi Hệ Thống Y Tế Các Sắc Dân của California (California Pan-Ethnic Health Network - CPEHN) với những cộng tác viên của chúng tôi đại diện cho sự đa dạng các sắc dân trong tiểu bang California. Kế Hoạch là một phần của Dự Án Làm Giảm Sự Bất Bình Đẳng trong California (California Reducing Disparities Project, viết tắt là CRDP), được tài trợ thông qua đạo luật Đạo Luật Dịch Vụ Sức Khỏe Tâm Thần (MentalHealth ServicesAct -MHSA, hoặc Dự Luật số 63).

CPEHN is excited to release Measuring Mental Health Disparities: A Roadmap & Recommendations for Implementation of the Mental Health Equity Act (AB 470, 2017).We know that health care coverage and access alone do not guarantee a reduction of disparities or improve health outcomes. Quality of care and the cultural appropriateness of care are critical components of ensuring health equity.Quality measurement in mental health has historically lagged behind quality and performance improvement in health care, but it is a key component of achieving equity. Therefore, CPEHN convened an Advisory Committee to develop a recommended set of quality metrics for adoption by the State of California. Through this conversation, a number of themes emerged that are reflected in the report, “Measuring Mental Health Disparities”.

El Plan Estratégico para Reducir Desigualdades en la Salud Mental fue desarrollado por la Red de Salud Pan-Étnica de California (CPEHN, siglas en inglés) con nuestros colaboradores quienes representan las diversas comunidades de California. El Plan Estratégico forma parte del Proyecto para Reducir Desigualdades de California (CRDP, siglas en inglés), el cual es financiado por La Ley de Servicios de Salud Mental (MHSA, siglas en inglés, o la Proposición 63).


Mental health and well-being is a core component of overall health, but communities of color in California face myriad barriers to optimal mental health and necessary care. 

The third edition of this report uses current data and research to examine health disparities across a broad spectrum of factors and social conditions. Throughout the report, the complex relationship between structural factors and health outcomes is discussed. The report also includes case studies, policy wins and policy recommendations.

This report, developed with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Consumers Union, and the National Council of La Raza, examines developments in health information technology and offers policy recommendations for how advancements can best improve health in all communities.

This report highlights the characteristics of medical homes that could reduce disparities, and better meet the needs of our diverse communities.

This report includes a summary of accomplishments on language access, cultural competence, and health disparities reduction in California and nationwide; a look at opportunities available through health care reform and health information technology; and questions and issues to consider as we move forward.

This brief documents CPEHN's advocacy efforts on SB 853. The first of its kind in the country, this law holds health plans accountable for the provision of language services - requiring health plans and health insurers to provide their enrollees with interpreter services, translated materials, and to collect race, ethnicity, and language data.

Funded by the California Program on Access to Care, this study explores the role of race/ethnicity and language in access to, and experience of, care among adult Californians enrolled in the state's seven major health plans.

Supported by the Commonwealth Fund, this paper provides principles and recommendations for implementing cultural competency in the field. Based on interviews with leaders in the field of cultural competency, the authors discuss best practices and important lessons in the implementation of cultural competency initiatives.

Our review of the state's current process of overseeing health plan compliance with the Healthy Families cultural and linguistic requirements finds that they need to do more to ensure compliance.

California Speaks: Language Diversity and English Proficiency by Legislative District

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The health system is not doing enough to collect, standardize, and utilize race, ethnicity, and language data to improve our health. Download our report and help make significant advancements in the use of this data to eliminate health disparities.

CPEHN offers an analysis of the reports health plans submitted to Department of Managed Health Care, which found critical limitations, and provides recommendations for improvement.

Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, this project examined whether standardized surveys of consumers' experience and satisfaction with health care could provide useful information on certain dimensions of the cultural competency of health care organizations.

Driven by the imperative to stem increasing health care costs, managed care seeks to save money by “managing” health care utilization and narrowing the choices available to health care consumers. Although both cost-saving strategies are effective, they also present a potential threat to quality of care.