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Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Prue

Dr. Robert “Bob” Prue is a retired associate professor of social work at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Social Work, where he collaborated with the UMKC School of Medicine to expand access to rural Missourians and American Indian tribes and communities in the region. ...Read more


SPOTLIGHT features news, announcements, events, and hot topics on behavioral health in underserved communities.
Minority Fellowship Program: Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S Youth Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S Youth Webinar," which occurred February 28, 2024, are now available for download......Read more
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Learn about statistics, trends, and other relevant insights for behavioral health practitioners working to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for people in underserved communities.

Chronic Stress
Chronic stress, marked by the continuous release of stress hormones, can have harmful effects on mental and physical health.1 Black women in the United States tend to experience higher levels of psychosocial stressors (e.g., discrimination, socioeconomic resources, interpersonal traumas) than other groups of women and are disproportionately impacted by stress-related health conditions.2 For example, as of 2019, breast cancer is the leading cause of death for Black women and studies suggest an association between psychosocial stress and breast cancer disparities.3 Stress has also been indirectly linked to physical health conditions through poor diet and unhealthy eating behaviors.1 A research study found that over 80% of non-Hispanic Black women were overweight or obese (body mass index [BMI] of >2kg and 30kg, respectively) due in part to psychological determinants of emotional eating behaviors.4 Perceived stress is also associated with anxiety and depression, symptoms of which Black people are more likely to report overall, and Black women twice as likely than men to experience.5, 6 Focusing on the sources of stress as well as effective stress management and coping strategies can promote health equity and help reduce the disparities experienced by this group.

Chronic Stress, Chronic Stress Appraisal

Anxiety Symptoms, Depressive Symptoms

SAMHSA provides resources to support coping and stress management strategies.


  1. O'Connor, D. B., Thayer, J. F., & Vedhara, K. (2021). Stress and health: A review of psychobiological processes. Annual review of psychology, 72, 663-688.
  2. Mekawi, Y., Carter, S., Brown, B., Martinez de Andino, A., Fani, N., Michopoulos, V., & Powers, A. (2021). Interpersonal trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder among Black women: does racial discrimination matter? Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 22(2), 154-169.
  3. Sánchez-Díaz, C. T., Strayhorn, S., Tejeda, S., Vijayasiri, G., Rauscher, G. H., & Molina, Y. (2021). What mediates the racial/ethnic disparity in psychosocial stress among breast cancer patients? Cancer Causes & Control, 32, 357-367.
  4. Pickett, S., Burchenal, C. A., Haber, L., Batten, K., & Phillips, E. (2020). Understanding and effectively addressing disparities in obesity: A systematic review of the psychological determinants of emotional eating behaviours among Black women. Obesity Reviews, 21(6), e13010.
  5. Catabay, C. J., Stockman, J. K., Campbell, J. C., & Tsuyuki, K. (2019). Perceived stress and mental health: The mediating roles of social support and resilience among black women exposed to sexual violence. Journal of affective disorders, 259, 143-149.
  6. Brown, L. L., Abrams, L. R., Mitchell, U. A., & Ailshire, J. A. (2020). Measuring more than exposure: Does stress appraisal matter for Black–White differences in anxiety and depressive symptoms among older adults? Innovation in Aging, 4(5), igaa040.