Black Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic€”What Does the Data Say?
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Expires on Nov 01, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

This webinar will provide an epidemiological and sociological overview of adverse mental health and substance use amid the COVID-19 Pandemic among Black Americans. Dr. Rashon Lane from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will highlight recent studies that describe the state of mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also describe the social and structural factors that exacerbate mental health for Black individuals during the pandemic. Additionally, trends in US emergency department visits for mental health and outcomes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic will be shared.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on September 14, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the prevalence of adverse mental health, substance use and suicidal ideation for Black Americans during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Identify social and structural factors, including racism and racial trauma that intersect with Black mental health

  • Utilize prevention, intervention, and healing opportunities for Black communities to improve mental health during and post the COVID-19 epidemic

Target Audience

Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Medical students and other mental health professionals 

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: November 1, 2021 
Program End Date: November 1, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by viewing the live presentation and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this live event for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.     

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships relevant to this activity have been mitigated.


  • Dr. Rashon Lane, PhD, (she/her) is a Behavioral Scientist in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. She specializes in applying behavioral and social research to apply health equity principles in public health programs. She is a subject matter expert in mental health and chronic comorbidities, including heart failure and hypertension. Rashon specializes in medical sociology and has responded to multiple public health emergencies, including the 2014-16 West Africa Ebola epidemic, Hurricane Irma and Maria, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, she’s worked on developing health equity indicators and interventions in cardiovascular disease and designing equitable evaluation frameworks for structural interventions. In CDC’s COVID-19 response, she’s served as a team lead for the Monitoring and Evaluation and the Minority and Rural Health Teams and a subject matter expert for the Social Behavioral Health team. She received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco.


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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