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2015 Health Equity Research Snapshot

Health and health care inequities affect various populations across a wide range of diseases and health outcomes, including mental health and psychiatric illnesses. Various influences including genetic, familial, cultural and environmental factors contribute to group differences in the prevalence of mental illness and the outcomes of treatment.

The 2015 health equity research snapshot spotlights seven new federally funded research projects underway at AAMC-member institutions. We solicited these videos from researchers and their teams to demonstrate the diverse research efforts that aim to understand and eliminate mental health inequities.

Genetics Research

Familial, genetic and environmental influences of major depression in African-Americans

Understanding what factors contribute to the paradox of decreased prevalence and increased severity of major depression in African Americans.

Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Neuropsychiatry Research

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women Veterans

Using brain imaging to identify biological indicators of PTSD in women and genetic tests to understand why some women will develop PTSD while others won’t.

Veterans Affairs Health Care

Health Policy Research

Researching the effects of state and federal insurance policies on autism care

Identifying the components of state and federal policies that minimize the financial burden and increase the effectiveness of autism care.

PennState Hershey College of Medicine

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Community Based Research

Identifying multilevel protective factors for LGBT youth in North America

A mixed-methods study to identify and measure community-level supports that protect LGBT youth against substance abuse and emotional health problems.

The University of Minnesota

Implementation Research

Implementing mental health evidence-based practices in urban schools

The school as a setting for the delivery of mental health services to address service disparities in certain populations of children.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Suicide Prevention in Chinese Older Adults

Working to identify and address health disparities through the largest epidemiological study of Chinese older adults in the US.

Rush University Medical Center, Chinese American Service League, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Intervention Research

Implementing health promotion activities within a mental health center

Addressing cardiovascular disparities among persons with mental illness through evidence-based health promotion activities in mental health centers.

Darmouth Geisel School of Medicine