Overview: Reducing Health Disparities


Reducing disparities in health will give everyone a chance to live a healthy life and improve the quality of life of all Americans.

A health disparity is a difference in health outcomes across subgroups of the population, often linked to social, economic or environmental disadvantages. Behavioral health disparities persist in diverse communities, including racial and ethnic groups, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) populations, and people with disabilities, transition-age youth, and young adults. Within these populations there can be increased mental health and substance use disorders. These diverse populations tend to have less access to care, lower or disrupted service use, and poorer behavioral health outcomes. Prevention Services is committed to addressing at-risk and underserved populations and their communities in Ventura County.


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SAMHSA OFFICE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EQUITY

www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity

The Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) works to reduce mental health and substance use disparities and improve access to quality care.

  • Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander - Resources include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, related behavioral health resources, and in-language resources. www.samhsa.gov/behavioral-health-equity/aanhpi


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