Systemic Racism and Structural Racialization: Examining the Impact of Behavioral Health Disparities
Webinar 2

Systemic Racism and Structural Racialization: Examining the Impact of Behavioral Health Disparities

HELD: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 10:00am-11:30am (PST)


Please join us for the webinar, Systemic Racism and Structural Racialization: Examining the Impact of Behavioral Health Disparities, the second webinar in the five (5) webinar series, Eliminating Inequities in Behavioral Health Care. The goal of this webinar is to increase participants’ ability to identify how systemic racism and structural racialization leads to disparities in access, quality, and outcomes of behavioral health care for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 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

  1. Participants will be able to cite two or more research findings that show how stress and poverty related to racial oppression are associated with depression, suicide risk, physical illness, misdiagnosis and other disparities in health and behavioral health outcomes among Black, indigenous and people of color.
  2. Participants will be able to describe at least two strategies that can be used within health and behavioral health care settings to advance racial equity in care to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).
  3. Participants will be able to describe one example of a racial equity tool and how it can be used to assess the potential adverse impacts of behavioral health policies and programs on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).


Adèle James is the founder and CEO of Adèle James Consulting Inc. ( She brings more than 20-years experience in public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors, including 11 years in foundation grant making with three California based foundations. Over the past 20 years, she has managed multi-subject grant portfolios throughout California. She brings a comprehensive expertise as a funder, organizational development consultant, university faculty member, and executive coach. Her services include program planning and design, participatory action research, meeting facilitation, training, executive coaching, assessment and implementation of organizational equity and inclusion practices. As part of the Mental Health Services Act’s Statewide Prevention & Early Intervention Initiatives’ $140 million disbursement, Adèle co-facilitated the proposal review process, developed recommendations for grantee capacity building, as well as designed, facilitated a two-day orientation for awardees. Her portfolio also includes working with a collaborative of 9 family resource centers to design and implement a Cultural Responsiveness Action Plan based on the National Cultural & Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards, and development of an accompanying Cultural Responsiveness Toolkit.

A native of Trinidad, West Indies, Adèle is passionate about improving programs and systems to serve increasingly diverse communities. Adèle loves the adventure of international travel and is working on a forthcoming book of stories and photography of the work of artists and artisans in Trinidad & Tobago ( Adèle holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA from Stanford University in International Development Education.  

Handouts and References

Systemic Racism Presentation Slides

References for Structural Racism