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Structural Racism and its Impact on ´╗┐Mental Health Inequities in Children and Adolescents


Presented by Ruth S. Shim, MD, MPH

Luke and Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education, University of California, Davis School of Medicine


Location: Virtually on Zoom

Structural racism is the main driver of mental health inequities and poor mental health outcomes, and yet, few understand the outsized role that structural racism plays in the identification, diagnosis, and management of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in children and adolescents. This presentation will examine key concepts associated with structural racism, provide clear examples of how structural racism manifests in the mental health outcomes of children and adolescents, and discuss strategies for dismantling structural racism in our communities and institutions that serve young people.

Target Audience

Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.   

  1. Define key concepts associated with structural racism and child/adolescent behavioral health  
  2. Evaluate the evidence base of the impact of structural racism on behavioral health outcomes in children and adolescents 
  3. Identify solutions to dismantle structural racism in settings that serve children and adolescents 

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The institution designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This institution maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.