Professional Advocacy Through a Health Equity Lens
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Expires on Aug 16, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

Available: 08/16/2022 - 08/16/2025


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Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.      

This webinar will review the history of mental health policies and their roots in inequality and racial discrimination.  Modern-day approaches to equity in mental health must confront this past and support reforms to address barriers for racialized and minoritized communities.


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

This presentation was recorded on August 5, 2022

Learning Objectives

  • Define health equity and understand historical challenges to achieve equity in mental & behavioral health. 
  • Identify policies that have promoted equity and justice in psychiatric practice. 
  • Recognize the role of professional organizations in advancing equity in practice, profession and patient care. 

Target Audience

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

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: August 16, 2022
End Date: August 16, 2025

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 activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.   

Program Presenters

  • Steven Starks, M.D., is clinical assistant professor at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. His interests lie in understanding the cultural and social effects of mental health conditions on patients, families and communities. He has designed programs that integrate mental health practice into home-based care, long-term care and primary care practice settings to ensure individuals with mental health and substance use disorders receive compassionate and effective psychiatric care and treatment. 

    He serves Fertitta Family College of Medicine departments of clinical services and behavioral and social sciences with roles in education, curriculum development and community partnerships. He has a passion for mental health advocacy and serving individuals and communities that have been marginalized and made vulnerable by social and institutional factors. He has completed formal trainings in both health equity and health policy and has directly engaged in the federal legislative process as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Dr. Starks has no financial relationships to disclose.  


  • Regina James, M.D., APA Chief of Diversity and Health Equity ,American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
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