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date: 05 December 2023

Investing in Community Organizations That Serve Marginalized Populationslocked

Investing in Community Organizations That Serve Marginalized Populationslocked

  • Margarita Alegria, Margarita AlegriaDisparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Lauren Cohen, Lauren CohenDisparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ziqiang Lin, Ziqiang LinDisparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Michelle ChengMichelle ChengMassachusetts General Hospital
  •  and Sheri Lapatin MarkleSheri Lapatin MarkleMassachusetts General Hospital


Minoritized racial and ethnic groups experience mental health issues yet persistently encounter systemic barriers to accessing mental health care. Disparities in mental health services are linked to structural racism, discrimination, and stigma. Social determinants of health also impact the risk of experiencing mental health issues and contribute to mental healthcare access. Community-based organizations (CBOs) can serve as vital linkages for delivering much-needed support across many domains (e.g., physical and mental health, housing, food, recreation, etc.) and provide opportunities for fostering connections with members of underserved communities. There is untapped potential in leveraging the skills and expertise offered by CBOs and their staff. Designing programs and interventions that incorporate the goals and ideals of the community served may facilitate sustainability and contribute to a reconceptualization of care delivery based on equity. Ensuring that community-informed initiatives are set up for success will require advocacy for multisector collaboration and innovative approaches and policies that facilitate community collaborations to improve mental health and well-being for communities of color to flourish.


  • Global Health
  • Special Populations

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