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Mental Health in BIPOC and Immigrant Communities
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM CDT
Category: SIGS

This event will be held live via Zoom.

Timed Agenda
● 5:45-6 Check in/ tech troubleshooting
● 6-7:15 Presentation
● 7:10-15 Questions/Discussion

Event Description
This course will include information on key terminology related to equity, drivers of health outcomes for BIPOC and immigrant communities, research and inclusion, BIPOC history and social determinants of health, BIPOC mental health research, root causes of need, and a call to action lab. Recommended training for health practitioners, and recommended BIPOC mental health supplementary research and texts will also be provided.  

Racially and ethnically diverse patients routinely have poorer health outcomes as compared to their White Non-Hispanic counterparts. These outcomes have historically been accounted for by patient factors or behavior (ie lack of follow up). Research has found factors such as Immigration, acculturation, police violence, and racialized trauma are factors in BIPOC mental health. This course will review literature on those factors, in order to equip OT practitioners and students in successful treatment planning in BIPOC mental health. Attendees will participate in a lecture and interactive call to actions/lab.

Speaker Biography
Kimberly Anderson, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CLT has been an Occupational Therapist since
2005. She is the Founding co-chair of the Health Equity Special Interest Group for the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association and 2 year community servant with a County based Racial Equity Community Engagement Action Team on Diversity Equity programming in Health and Wellness. Her career has primarily centered around outpatient adult rehabilitation and community health promotions across the lifespan.

Kimberly has recently embarked upon a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship at the University of Minnesota with the purpose of increasing leadership training on Health Equity within Disabilities and Education sectors. Kimberly’s 16 years of experience include executing organizational launches of service lines, process improvement projects, strategic planning, program development, clinical care, marketing, outreach relations, best practice guidelines, staff education, and leadership.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
• Describe 1-2 drivers of mental health outcomes in racially diverse populations (US & Non-US born)
• Describe 1-2 strategies to support the mental health needs specific to culturally and linguistically diverse populations

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, Students

Level of Content: Introductory

AOTA Practice Area: Health & Wellness, Mental Health

CEUs: 1.5

Fees: $5 (This event is only open to MOTA members.)


Contact: [email protected]