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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.