Health Equity Ambassadors Resources
The Health Equity Ambassadors Program offers resources on topics such as health information dissemination, eliminating health disparities, smoking and substance abuse, boys and men of color, obesity and stress.
Health Information Dissemination
- Extending Your Reach: Techniques to Disseminating Effective Health Messages
Webinar offering effective techniques and strategies to share health information and encouraging participants to develop an action plan for dissemination and implementation.
Eliminating Health Disparities
- Eliminating Health Disparities by Advancing Health Equity
A health disparities primer webinar featuring Brian Smedley, PhD, a member of APA’s National Steering Committee on Health Disparities and a nationally recognized expert on the history, causes and effects of health disparities in vulnerable populations.
- APA Health Disparities Strategic Initiative
APA factsheet describes the purpose, focus and major programs and activities of the APA Health Disparities Strategic Initiative.
- Health Disparities
APA fact sheet on the history, definitions and priorities within the health disparities field.
Smoking and Substance Abuse
- What's Smoking Got to Do with It? Improving the Health of Priority Populations by Treating Tobacco Use
This webinar, featuring H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, (Santa Clara University and former director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), is about smoking in health-priority populations, including prevalence and risk factors; why professionals may not attend to smoking in these populations and the consequences of not doing so; and effective evidence-based practices.
- A Critical Analysis of Drug Laws, Interventions and Policy Based on Research and Life Experiences
A seminar featuring Columbia University psychologist Carl Hart, PhD, author of "High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society."
- Strengthening Psychology's Role in Reducing Tobacco Health Disparities
A conference to gather recommendations (PDF, 175KB) on best practices for reducing tobacco health disparities in priority populations, and ideas for improving dissemination of those best practices.
- Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) Webinar Archive
The SCLC has over 50 webinars covering the latest topics on tobacco addiction and recovery.
- Adult Smoking: Focusing on People with Mental Illness (PDF, 3MB)
Vital signs fact sheet on the high rate of tobacco use in people with mental illness. From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- Tobacco Related Mortality
Quick facts from the CDC related to smoking and tobacco use in the U.S.
- Quitting Smoking
CDC fact sheet includes a resource list for individuals trying to quit using tobacco products.
Boys and Men of Color
- Health Disparities in Boys and Men: Influence of Masculinity on Health Disparities and Equity
A seminar co-sponsored with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Aging, and featuring Wizdom Powell, PhD, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Waldo Johnson, PhD, MSW, (University of Chicago) from APA's Health Disparities in Boys and Men Working Group.
- Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity: Addressing Disparities Experienced by Boys and Men of Color
Conference co-sponsored by APA and SAMHSA to address the knowledge gap on effective evidence-based interventions for trauma and stress-related disorders in men and boys across racial and ethnic minority groups.
- Improving the Lives of Men of Color
Former CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD writes about APA’s efforts on behalf of boys and men of color. From the APA Monitor®, May 2015.
- Twitter Chat
on mental health in boys and men of color, held with the Robert Woods Johnson's Finding Answers Program.
- Summit on Obesity in African-American Girls and Women
Co-sponsored by APA and the Association of Black Psychologists to examine determinants and intervention strategies. Also see the final report. (PDF, 212KB)
- Prime Time Sister Circles: Addressing the Paradox of Obesity in Midlife African American Women
Seminar featuring Marilyn H. Gaston, MD, and Gayle Porter, PsyD, this session discussed some of the contextual factors that contribute to obesity risk for middle-aged African American women and detailed strategies to help combat obesity.
- Health Disparities and Stress
APA fact sheet about the effects of stress and the role chronic stressors play in creating health disparities among priority populations.
- APA Stress in America Survey Reports
These annual reports measure attitudes and perceptions of stress among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. The results of the survey draw attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress and the inextricable link between the mind and body. See the 2014 Report Highlights: Paying with Our Health. (PDF,1.7MB)