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Tue 29

March 29, 2022 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm EDT

Community Solutions for Addressing Disparities in Mental Healthcare Access

National Civic League

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant changes both in the number of people seeking mental health care, and how our nation provides mental health care. A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that while telehealth allowed some patients to maintain continuity of care, there was a significant increase in the number of first-time patients seeking the services of behavioral and mental health specialists, with a 63-fold increase among providers accepting Medicare.

While mental health professionals have welcomed the advent of telehealth as a tool to ameliorate the rural-urban disparity in mental health, socio-economic and other barriers to access persist.

During this webinar, participants will join mental health advocates and community leaders to learn how communities are partnering with key stakeholders to address the remaining disparities in mental healthcare access, including how non-healthcare-focused initiatives can make mental healthcare more accessible for all.


Christina Diego, MSW, MPA, Policy Program Director, Seattle Indian Health Board

Christina advocates for the health and wellness of American Indian and Alaska Native people. She also supports community-based initiatives and carve-outs for BIPOC communities. Christina practices in public policy, community engagement, and research.

Christina Pacheco, Manager, Children, Youth and Families, City of Longmont, CO

Christina is the Division Manager for Children, Youth and Families at the City of Longmont. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has had the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities such as Juvenile Court, Child Protection, School Districts and Children & Youth Services.

Erica Taylor, MA, City of Kansas City, Missouri Community Health Improvement Plan

Erica Taylor-Murff grew up in Kansas City, Missouri . She currently serves as the liaison for the KC Health Commission and the Health Department. The KC Health Commission advises the Mayor, Council, and City Manager on public health issues, with a focus on racism and health equity.