The Role and Responsibilities of Health and Behavioral Health Care Leaders in Addressing Systemic Racism to Eliminate Behavioral Health Disparities
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The Role and Responsibilities of Health and Behavioral Health Care Leaders in Addressing Systemic Racism to Eliminate Behavioral Health Disparities

HELD: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 10:00am-11:45am (PST)


Please join us for the webinar, The Role and Responsibilities of Health and Behavioral Health Care Leaders in Addressing Systemic Racism to Eliminate Behavioral Health Disparities, the fourth webinar in the five (5) webinar series, Eliminating Inequities in Behavioral Health Care. The goal of this webinar is to identify levers/opportunities for meaningful action that behavioral health leaders can take to address structural racism in their own organizations. The target audience for the series includes behavioral health care leadership, administrators and managers, ethnic service managers, peer professionals, clinical supervisors, clinicians/direct care providers, and care managers.

Learning Objectives include:

  1. Participants are able to describe at least one clinical strategy that is informed by a cultural humility framework for fostering strong therapeutic alliances when treating persons of color with behavioral health needs.
  2. Participants are able to compare and discuss two or more research findings on patient-provider race-concordance for improving health disparities in behavioral health care settings.
  3. Participants are able to describe one or more organizational policies that support the practice of cultural humility in day-to-day clinical work to enhance behavioral treatment outcomes among persons of color.


Jei Africa, PsyD, MSCP, CATC-V, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) at the County of Marin. An experienced clinician and an innovative thought-leader and strategist, Dr. Africa is passionate about integrating effective culturally responsive practices into the core functioning of County health services. An activist and a storyteller at heart, Jei believes that love and justice are essential ingredients in helping people thrive and collectively transforming communities.


In 1992, as a National Director of Sales and disheartened by the lack of other minorities in the technology field, André V. Chapman redirected his focus and founded Unity Care Group, Inc. with the goal of developing educational and social programs designed to enrich the lives of underserved youth.  

As Founder and CEO, Mr. Chapman’s personal mission is to change the foster care system so together we will ensure equality, transparency and access for underserved and marginalized communities of color.

Unity Care recently celebrated a monumental milestone, its 27th Anniversary, and since its inception the agency has expanded its core services and has made a significant impact upon those communities as a major multi-service youth and family development agency.  Serving thousands of youth and families Unity Care provides a variety of culturally competent supportive housing and mental health programs across eight Bay Area & Northern California Counties (Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Nevada).

Mr. Chapman has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, a Masters in Organizational Management and a Certificate of Completion, Harvard Business School, Strategic Perspectives on Non-Profit Management.  Mr. Chapman has received numerous awards of distinction and commendation honoring his tireless dedication and community involvement. 

Mr. Chapman serves on a variety of local, County and State Boards and Commissions and is a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Mr. Chapman has been a national presenter on creating effective, efficient and culturally proficient services for communities of color and continues to work diligently to advocate on behalf of foster youth to enact change in the policies and practices of the Child Welfare System, Mental Health System, Juvenile Justice System and the Police.

In response to the impact of the coronavirus Mr. Chapman recently launched a health initiative to reduce the spread of this deadly virus within the African Ancestry community. Mr. Chapman is an author releasing his book “Roses in Concrete: Giving Foster Children the Future They Deserve”


Dr. Clark Harvey is the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies. Dr. Clark Harvey has previously served as Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions,  Principal Consultant to the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, and a health policy consultant to the office of former Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. 

Prior to her work within the California Legislature, she completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Mattel Children’s Hospital. She was also a social justice fellow at the Center for Policy Analysis in San Francisco. 

Dr. Clark Harvey has maintained an impressive record of leadership including serving on national and local boards including her current position on the American Psychological Association (APA), and prior positions on the Association of Black Psychologists, Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board, Sacramento County Children’s Coalition and the Los Angeles View Park Section of the National Council of Negro Women. She is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Sacramento Chapter and is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program.

Dr. Clark Harvey has received numerous awards including: a 2020 Minority Fellowship Program Early Career Award, 2020 Hume Center Distinguished Community Leader Award, 2016 APA Presidential Citation, the APA’s Emerging Contributions to Service Award, Henry Tomes Award for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology, the University of Wisconsin’s Outstanding Woman of Color Award, the 2014 Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, the 2015 Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders award, and was recognized by the Sacramento Bee as a Top 100 Influencer in the healthcare sector. She was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to his Master Plan on Aging Advisory Committee and the Behavioral Health Task Force.


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