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Providing psychological science to guide federal racial and ethnic health equity policies

APA Services responds to a National Academies’ request for information for analysis of federal policies that contribute to differences in health status and outcomes experienced by diverse populations.

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Rennie, L. (2022, October 14). Providing psychological science to guide federal racial and ethnic health equity policies. https://www.apaservices.org/advocacy/news/psychological-science-racial-ethnic-health

Black mother and daughter interacting with psychologist

On October 12, APA Services submitted comments (PDF, 237KB) in response to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Math Review of Federal Policies that Contribute to Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities request for information. Submitted comments will inform an ad hoc committee of the National Academies’ evidence-based, independent, and objective analysis of federal policies that contribute to racial and ethnic health inequities, including those policies that impact the social determinants of health, as well as potential solutions. 

Cosigned by APA Chief Science Officer Mitch Prinstein, PhD, and APA Chief Diversity Officer Maysa Akbar, PhD, the comments focused on the intersection of behavioral health policies and racial and ethnic health inequities, and presented four themes for the committee’s consideration:

  • Applying a population health approach to promote mental health equity.
  • Ensuring accountability in distribution of federal resources allocated to state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions.
  • Facilitating meaningful engagement of external stakeholders, including members of communities that have experienced historic social and economic marginalization.
  • Engaging in a comprehensive assessment of the disproportionate impact of public health emergencies and environmental disasters on people of color.

For more information, contact Leo Rennie.