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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.

Steven Sasa Marsiglia

Steven Sasa Marsiglia is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at Arizona State University who received his M.S.Ed. in education, culture, and society and his M.A. in counseling psychology. ...Read more



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Understanding and Addressing ACEs Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program: Understanding and Addressing ACEs During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar," which occurred March 24, 2021, 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 Disparities in the Prevalence of Stress and Worry, Mental Health Conditions, and Increased Substance Use Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Racial and ethnic minority groups have experienced disparities in mental health and substance misuse related to access to care, psychosocial stress, and social determinants of health. Combined prevalence estimates of current depression, initiating or increasing substance use, and suicidal thoughts/ideation among U.S. adults aged ≥18 years were 28.6%, 18.2%, and 8.4%, respectively. Higher rates of symptoms of current depression (40.3%), increased or newly initiated substance use (36.9%), and estimates of self-reported suicidal thoughts/ideation (22.9%) were reported among Hispanic respondents than by their non-Hispanic White and Black counterparts. These estimates highlight the importance of population-level and tailored interventions that address barriers and/or disruptions to access to and delivery of mental and substance use services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Considerations for health care systems, practices, and providers using telehealth coverage as well as the use of virtual mental health treatment and substance use recovery groups must be included.

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Citation: McKnight-Eily LR, Okoro CA, Strine TW, et al. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Prevalence of Stress and Worry, Mental Health Conditions, and Increased Substance Use Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, April and May 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:162–166.
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