BHIPP Bulletin
Volume 7, Issue 1
July 2021
Supporting the Mental Health of BIPOC Youth
In honor of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month, BHIPP has curated a list of resources from general information and research to strategies specific for pediatric primary care and organizations to support BIPOC youth and families.

Due to racial and ethnic disparities, youth from BIPOC communities are at increased risk to develop mental health concerns. During the past year, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted BIPOC communities. Many BIPOC youth do not have access to appropriate mental health services and stigma is a barrier to seek help. Pediatric primary care providers can support these youth by providing culturally competent care, helping to normalize mental health conversations and connecting BIPOC youth to evidence-based mental health treatment. Additional strategies for supporting BIPOC youth can be found in the following resources.

General Information
Mental Health America

**Happening Thursday, 7/29!** National Institute of Mental Health - Trauma and COVID-19: Addressing Mental Health among Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities Webinar

For Primary Care Providers
American Academy of Pediatrics - Providing Culturally Effective Care
American Academy of Pediatrics - The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health

For Families
EmbraceRace - Resources

Mental Health Organizations Supporting BIPOC Communities

As always, if you have questions about behavioral health needs of your patients, we encourage you to call the BHIPP consultation line at 855-MD-BHIPP (632-4477), open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, for resource/referral networking or consultation support.

BHIPP Announcements
Looking for COVID-19 resources to support children, families, and providers?

As the pandemic continues children, families, and providers may struggle with mental health concerns. BHIPP has compiled resources to support the needs of patients and providers. Newly added to our COVID-19 resources, check out the American Academy of Pediatrics: Mental Health Initiatives which includes resources for pediatric health care providers to support healthy mental development of youth.

As always, we welcome you to call the BHIPP line at 855-MD-BHIPP (632-4477), open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, for consultation support or for information about local mental health resources for your patients.
BHIPP in Your Neighborhood
  • August 27, 2021 12:30-1:30pm
  • BHIPP Resilience Break: Supporting Youth Returning to School: The Role of the Primary Care Provider presented by Sharon Hoover, PhD
  • Register here!
  • September 17, 2021 12:30-1:30pm
  • BHIPP Resilience Break co-hosted with Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS) in honor of Recovery Month
  • Benzodiazepine and Prescription Stimulant Use in Youth: What’s the Impact on SUD and its Treatment?” presented by Marc Fishman, MD
  • Register here!
  • October 16, 2021 8:00am-1:00pm
  • A Maryland BHIPP CME/CEU Mini-Conference: Addressing & Managing Pediatric Mental Health in Primary Care presented by Sarah Edwards, DO and Carisa Parrish, PhD
  • Co-hosted by Mid Shore Behavioral Health and Talbot County Health Department for providers on the Mid-Shore of Maryland
  • Interested in attending? Message our team!

  • Interested in organizing a (virtual) training event? Need more information? Message our team!
BHIPP Holiday Closures Calendar
Please note that the telephone consultation line will be closed on the following upcoming holiday(s):

  • Monday, September 6, 2021
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