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Anti-AAPI+ Racism: Coalition Building and Healing Our Communities and Workforce

Available: May 1, 2024 - May 1, 2027


This course is free to members for the month of May 2024. On June 1, 2024, the course will be available for purchase.


Anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) racism is certainly not new - but continues to grow as real and serious issue that our communities face on a daily basis with over 11,500 hate incidents reported within the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic by the latest July 2022 National Report by Stop AAPI Hate. Whether mandated by the U.S. government (e.g., Gentleman''s Agreement of 1860, antimiscegenation laws, unconstitutional internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II) or Grandfather and grandson acted upon by individuals via hate crimes, AAPI+ people continue to face oppression and racism in the United States. For many, the sense of collectivism and group identity results in a shared experience of discrimination, even when such events are experienced by other AAPI+ people. Using the term "AAPI+" is used by the presenters in a more inclusive way to represent the heterogeneity of varied experiences and intersectionalities while recognizing that this population is also not a monolith. Mental health is a major concern among AAPI+ populations in the United States as 44% of AAPI+ adults report having experienced significant mental health issues, compared with 21% of white adults. However, AAPI+ communities have the lowest mental help-seeking rate when compared with other ethnic groups. And certainly, cultural and generational differences play a huge role in this, but there are other barriers keeping AAPI+s from receiving care, one of which might be that they do not see themselves visually represented in the mental health care system. Fortunately, many community organizations are working hard to combat these challenges and offer much-needed support and resources for patients - yet, coalition building to support those frontline AAPI+ mental healthcare workers: the therapists, nurses, social workers, and psychiatrists have yet to be further examined. In this session, we will discuss how psychiatry can intervene from an individual level with culturally competent patient care to antiracist systems-based approaches for bolstering a stronger and healthier workforce as well as addressing these gaps of mental health care in the AAPI+ patient population. Education, community-based solutions around healing, and civil rights legislation are at the forefront to intentional and thoughtful psychiatric best practices.


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

This presentation was recorded at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2023.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the COVID-19 pandemic in its historicization in AAPI+ history in the United States
  • Learn evidence-based clinical strategies to engage AAPI+ patients in culturally competent care
  • Learn how the behavioral health system can accommodate antiracist policies and practices
  • Discuss about strategies to support frontline AAPI+ mental healthcare workers

Target Audience

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.50 hours
Begin Date: May 1, 2024
End Date: May 1, 2027

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including 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 (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.50 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

  • Adam Chan, MD. 
  • Teresa Lee, MD. 
  • Robert Hsiung, MD. 

Program Planners

  • Vishal Madaan, MD. Chief of Education and Deputy Medical Director, APA.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

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+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

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)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on May 01, 2027
Cost: Member: $18.75
Non-Member: $37.50
Medical Student: $18.75
Resident Fellow Member: $18.75
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits
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