Health Equity

Advancing health equity to reduce mental health disparities

Our Commitment

We are committed to our mission of providing data-driven and trusted program and policy guidance that creates equitable and systematic changes so all Texans can obtain effective behavioral health care when and where they need it.

Did you know?
9.8%

Race Ethnicity focusing on Youth, African American teenagers are more likely to attempt suicide than White teenagers. * CDC High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

1 in 5

Veterans experiences mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and anxiety * RAND Research

+60%

Access to Care, Rural Americans live in designated mental health provider shortage areas. * US Department of Health and Human Services

65%

Rural to Urban, nonmetropolitan counties do not have psychiatrists. * American Journal of Preventive Medicine

3.9%

Language Barriers, of Latinos who spoke primarily Spanish reported use of specialty mental health services, as compared to 7.2% of Latinos who primarily spoke English. * National Latino and Asian American Study

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Telehealth * RAND Research

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Disabilities * RAND Research

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Our challenge

Diversity & Inclusion

Ethnicity Challenges

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Veterans Care

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Access to Care/Telehealth

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Rural to Urban

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Language Barriers

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Disabilities

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our Approach

Driving Change

Our team cultivates an internal culture of inclusivity and uses a data-driven systems-based approach to guide the implementation of our health equity work. We are committed to fostering strategic partnerships and can provide guidance to promote and advance health equity. For more information about health equity strategy services, contact David Auzenne at [email protected].

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Featured Projects

Dallas County Smart Justice Project

SUMMARY – The Dallas County Smart Justice Project aimed to reduce the number of people with mental illness who receive primary treatment in jail or only after encounters with law enforcement. With the support of the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, the Meadows Institute provided policy guidance to Dallas County during planning and implementation of their Smart Justice project.

Featured Projects

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Updated on:
August 23, 2021

Fostering Resiliency in the Aftermath of COVID-19: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

The Hackett Center for Mental Health was asked by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 on youth...

Updated on:
March 15, 2021

2021 Speaker Series: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, & Families

SUMMARY - Throughout 2021, we welcomed experts in implementation science, evidence-based practices, health equity, financing, and more to help Texas mental health providers deepen...