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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.

Skye Anfield

Skye Anfield is an addictions counseling master’s fellow in the 2022-2023 class of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). He received a B.A. from New York University . ...Read more


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Minority Fellowship Program: 2022 Orientation Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: 2022 Orientation Webinar," which occurred November 16, 2022, 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.

Racial and Ethnic Discrimination
Racial and ethnic discrimination has significantly impacted the mental and physical health of older people of color contributing to negative health behaviors and early aging.1 According to the Commonwealth Fund 2021 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults, one in four Black and Latinx/Hispanic adults 60 and older reported unfair treatment or not having their health concerns taken seriously by health professionals, a rate nearly eight times the rate of their white counterparts. In addition, older adults who have experienced racial/ethnic discrimination were significantly more likely to have a mental health diagnosis, feel socially isolated, and face a material hardship.2 To address these issues, the study recommends:

  1. Promoting transparency and accountability by identifying instances of discrimination and publicly reporting discrimination data.
  2. Developing medical school curricula to educate students about how the U.S. health care system has harmed patients of color and other historically marginalized communities.
  3. Examining how current policies enable discrimination and then remove or reform those policies.
  4. Addressing the lack of diversity in the U.S. health care workforce.
  5. Providing culturally and contextually appropriate care that addresses patients’ communication needs and preferences.

How Discrimination in Health Care Affects Older Americans

SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program aims to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racial and ethnic populations by 1) growing the number of racial and ethnic minorities in the nation’s behavioral health workforce and 2) training and better preparing behavioral health practitioners to more effectively treat and serve people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.3 SAMHSA’s E4 Center for Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging aims to engage, empower, and educate health care providers and community-based organizations for equity in behavioral health for older adults and their families.


  1. David R. Williams et al., “Understanding How Discrimination Can Affect Health,” Health Services Research 54, suppl. 2 (Dec. 2019): 1374–88; and Brigette A. Davis, “Discrimination: A Social Determinant of Health Inequities,” Health Affairs Blog, Feb. 25, 2020.
  2. How Discrimination in Health Care Affects Older Americans, and What Health Systems and Providers Can Do External Web Site Policy
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