BOSTON, MA. — Array Behavioral Care, the nation's leading virtual psychiatry and therapy practice, announced today that Dr. Nicole Christian-Braithwaite, SVP and Chief Medical Officer of Non-Acute and Scheduled Care for Array Behavioral Care, will present the Department of Psychiatry’s Grand Rounds at Boston Children’s Hospital on June 22.
Dr. Christian-Braithwaite’s presentation is titled, Racism is Trauma: How to Support Children and Adolescents Who Experience Racial Trauma. The presentation will help attendees understand the intersection of trauma and racism and the long-lasting effects of this on children and families of color. The presentation will include insights on screening for and addressing racial trauma and how racism may be perpetuated in mental health encounters.
“As our communities of color continue to experience acts of racism and trauma, our healthcare leaders and providers must combat racial discrimination and have the assets to support diverse populations,” said Dr. Nicole Christian-Braithwaite. “I urge every healthcare institution to consider following in the steps of Boston Children's Hospital as they commit to providing residents with more cultural awareness and the skills to care for the mental health of marginalized groups who are often overlooked".
Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress, refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes. Following the presentation, attendees will be able to identify the impact racism and microaggressions have on the mental health of children and adolescents of color and will be equipped with resources to support these patient populations.
“The United States is experiencing a mental health emergency that deeply impacts communities of color, especially in health care settings,” said Geoffrey Boyce, CEO of Array Behavioral Care. “We’re proud to see Boston Children’s Hospital host Dr. Christian-Braithwaite to present on addressing and supporting these diverse communities so that they receive equitable care and support in mental health encounters and across the entire continuum of care.”
Dr. Christian-Braithwaite is a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist specializing in perinatal and post-partum mental health, trauma-informed care, telepsychiatry, mental health in communities of color, school psychiatry, and implicit bias and racism in mental health. In May 2021, her Grand Rounds at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “The Impact of Racial Trauma on the Developing Brain," discussed the psychological impact of adverse childhood experiences including trauma, depression, anxiety, and abuse on underserved communities.
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Array Behavioral Care is the nation’s leading clinician-centric virtual psychiatry and therapy practice with a mission to transform access to quality, timely behavioral health care. Array offers telepsychiatry solutions and services across the continuum of care, from hospital to home, through its three flexible delivery models. For more than 20 years, Array has partnered with hundreds of hospitals and health systems, community health care organizations and payers of all sizes to expand access to care and improve outcomes for underserved individuals, facilities, and communities. As an industry pioneer and established thought leader, Array has helped shape the field, define the standard of care and advocate for improved telepsychiatry-friendly regulations.
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