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Eliminating Disparities: Multicultural Strategic Summit 

June 28-July 2, 2006 at the NAMI National Convention in Washington, DC

The culmination of five years of the Multicultural Action Center's efforts, the Multicultural Strategic Summit brought together advocates of all cultures from across the nation to address the current disparities in mental health care that affect communities of color.  The result was valuable discussion of viable solutions to the myriad of barriers to access and quality of treatment faced by ethnic minority communities. 

The Summit focused on issues specifically relevant to the African American, Asian American, Latino, American Indian and Alaska Native communities with workshops devoted to each community. The communities were discussed in conjunction in the Summit Plenary and Round Table Discussion sessions. The Summit ended with an inspirational and expressive Town Hall Meeting that provided over 50 action items for a national advocacy plan.

The development of the national advocacy plan centered on four areas of priority established through the Multicultural Taskforce Meeting held Wednesday, June 28. 

The priority areas include:

  • Fostering a culturally competent workforce
  • Promoting publicly available information on community education and research
  • Further empowering families and consumers
  • Enhancing the quality of care and access for traditionally underserved populations

With the support of organizations across the nation, the Multicultural Action Center is taking the action plan further and it will be soon released as a formal report.

Multicultural Summit Schedule

View the schedule of events that were a part of the Multicultural Strategic Summit.

Multicultural Summit Resource CD

Materials included on the resource CD given to Summit participants are now available below. For more information about the Multicultural Summit or the action plan, please contact

Related Files

Eliminating Disparities in Mental Health: An Overview (PDF File)
African American Community Mental Health Fact Sheet (PDF File)
Depression and Mood Comorbidities - Dr. William Lawson (PDF File)
Initiating Study with African American Participants - Dr. Randye Semple (PDF File)
American Indian/Alaska Native Communities Mental Health Fact Sheet (PDF File)
American Indian Mental Health - Dr. Jessica Gourneau and Angie Stratig (PDF File)
Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities Mental Health Fact Sheet (PDF File)
Asian Americans Ahead of the Mental Health System? - Dr. Anand Pandya (PDF File)
Working with Asian American Elders - Yilo Cheng (PDF File)
Latino Community Mental Health Fact Sheet (PDF File)
The Current Status of Latino Mental Health in the US - Henry Acosta (PDF File)
NAMI NJ: Working with the Latino Community - Martha Silva (PDF File)
Critical Disparities in Latino Mental Health: Transforming Research into Action - Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis (PDF File)
National Institute of Mental Health Research Overview (PDF File)
Evidence Based Practice - Dr. Ernest Marquez (PDF File)
Public Attitudes Towards Genetic Research - Eleanor Murphy (PDF File)
Best Practices in Multicultural Advocacy and Treatment - Dr. Ed Wang (PDF File)
Cultural Competence - Celestine Willis, Linda Denson, Dr. Joyce Lane (PDF File)
Effective Strategies for Promoting Systemic Cultural Competence - Cathy Cave and Dr. Miriam Delphin (PDF File)
National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (PDF File)
NAMI NJ Multicultural Outreach: Consumer and Family Education and Support - Maggie Luo (PDF File)
Outreach: Reaching out to Diverse Communities - Gloria Walker (PDF File)
NAMI Tennessee: African American Outreach - Clarence Jordan (PDF File)
Advocacy and Coalition Building - Molly Cole, FAVOR Inc. (PDF File)
Improving Meaningful Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency - Juan Ramos (PDF File)
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act Language Access to Health Care - Majose Carrasco (PDF File)
Multicultural Partner Organization Profiles (PDF File)
Multicultural Action Center and Policy Platforms (PDF File)