Developing a Policy Brief on Child Mental Health Disparities to Promote Strategies for Advancing Equity among Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth

Ashley M. Butler, Caryn R.R. Rodgers

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Research has identified a broad range of risk factors during early childhood that have neurobiological consequences and negatively affect children's mental health. Such risk factors disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minority youth. Disparities in children's mental health service use have also been documented for minority youth. Yet, compared with the focus on strategies to address health disparities (including mental health disparities) during adulthood, very little work has concentrated on addressing the roots of health disparities that occur in childhood. The purpose of this commentary is to describe the development and dissemination of a policy brief for policy advocates. The goal of this work is to help achieve the implementation of evidence-based programs, practices, and policies that target and modify risk factors to reduce disparities in child mental health burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-426
Number of pages6
JournalEthnicity & disease
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • African American
  • Children
  • Disparities
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Mental Health
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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