Racism, discrimination, and inequity can significantly affect a person’s mental health. African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population. While research on the psychological impact of racism and racial discrimination has only emerged within the last two decades, studies show that experiencing either can affect people’s health. Studies also show that race-related stress and trauma are associated with the development of lifetime depressive and mood disorders. It is more important than ever to strengthen our network of mental health supports for people who are struggling right now or may have faced healthcare disparities and discrimination in the past.
Transparencies February 2022
A monthly newsletter from Integral Care
Strengthening Our Network of Mental Health Support
A Message From Our CEO
Each February, Integral Care hosts the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference to bring information and resources as well as build a community of support. Last week, the conference celebrated 22 years. The conference boasted over 551 attendees from 8 states, 2 keynotes, 29 presenters, 19 workshops and live entertainment. CTAAFSC speaker topics included parenting, faith and mental health, overcoming trauma and grief, health equity, substance use, domestic violence, the child welfare system, and much more. Attendees represented people with lived experience, mental health specialists, members of the faith community, and business, non-profit, and community leaders.
I invite you to visit the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference website in the coming days and watch our keynotes and workshop presentations. In the meantime, here are some highlights from our phenomenal keynote speakers.
• Regina Louise, author & child advocate, shared her story of growing up in the foster care system. Ms. Louise emphasized the importance of self-love. In one of her books, she talks about “lovefirmations,” a mash-up of “love” and “affirmation.” These statements offer ways to give ourselves unconditional love and appreciation.
• Mike Veny, corporate wellness coach and bestselling author, shared helpful self-care exercises like doing a “brain dump.” Make a list of the things that are running through your mind so that you can get them out of your head, which helps ease stress and anxiety and gain clarity.
Thank you to our Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee, our sponsors, and public and private community collaborators who make this conference a reality every year. Looking forward to celebrating 23 years in 2023!
Chief Executive Officer
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Program Highlight: Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee
The Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Planning Committee makes the conference possible. This amazing group of volunteers gathers all year long to create a meaningful conference. The Planning Committee solicits and selects the workshop topics, plans the entertainment, fundraises, and spreads the word about the conference. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of health professionals, advocates, and people with lived experience. Many of our committee members have been with the conference since it started in 2000. The commitment, dedication and heart of these individuals makes the conference what it is today – a unique, inclusive homecoming for people looking for information, support and resources. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
Welcome Lone Star Circle of Care
Integral Care is thrilled to welcome Lone Star Circle of Care to our 3000 Oak Springs Clinic where they will provide primary care. This collaboration supports our approach to integrated mental and primary health care. Together, we’re supporting the whole person – body and mind.
Black History Month Staff Picks
To celebrate Black History Month, staff from across the agency shared their favorite books, TV series, movies, podcasts and articles. We’re excited to share their recommendations with you.
Black Girls Must Die from Exhaustion
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Between the World and Me
Black Reconstruction in America
What is the What
Call Us What We Carry (poems)
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
The 1619 Project: A New Origin
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Storming Caesar’s Palace
The Disordered Cosmos
The Warmth of Other Suns
Do the Right Thing
When the Levees Broke
Something the Lord Made
A Letter to My Nephew
The Case for Reparations
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
Barbara Jordan’s 1976 Democratic National
Convention Keynote Address
Bill Russell: My Life, My Way
A Black Lady Sketch Show
David Makes a Man
A Different World
Everybody Hates Chris
I May Destroy You