The Black Community Must Cure Its Ills: Restore Intact Families

What is going on in the Black community? Seventy-two percent of Black babies are born to unwed mothers. High school and college graduation rates for Black males are at an all-time low. Black crime is soaring; and young males seemingly can't go to a house party without someone getting shot or killed before the last dance. Much of what is happening in the Black community is absolutely disgraceful, shameful and inexcusable.  

A Spotlight on Minority Mental Health

While May is known as National Mental Health Month, July is dedicated to focusing on the state of mental health in minority communities, which are often overlooked in the national discussion.

I invited J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (of HHS), to share her thoughts about the state of mental health in minority populations. She also addresses her take on how the Affordable Care Act will impact mental health efforts. She writes: