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HWLCC is committed to equalizing mental wellness and eliminating behavioral health disparities for minorities. Our CEO, Andriel Ugbomeh envisions a world where everyone can reach their optimal level of health.
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Andriel has expertise in assessing health disparities at the community level and developing programs to address identified needs. Andriel also has developed health equity at the state level with federal funding.
Andriel can develop or enhance your strategies for reducing health disparities within the population your agency or health system serves. This may include enhancing policies, programs, practices, culture, or even systems. Andriel focuses on developing solutions to eliminate treatment disparities.
Andriel works with healthcare organizations, community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and mental health agencies and systems to develop health equity programs and plans to eliminate disparities for their patients, clients, and populations served.
Andriel is focused on working with health systems to enhance treatment outcomes for minorities (e.g. mental health agencies, state, and hospitals, or even PCPs).
Andriel is a board member of Columbus Therapist of Color, which is focused on health equity and holding a space for therapists of color to help them thrive in impacting the community.
Health disparities are differences among segments of the population such as race or ethnicity, education, socioeconomic status, age, geography, language, gender, disability status, citizenship status, and sexual identity and orientation. These disparities are barriers that result from systemic, avoidable, and unjust social and economic policies and practices.
When physical and mental health care are separated it was found that diagnoses are missed and conditions go untreated.
Equitable health services allow every client or patient to reach their optimal level of health, without barriers, discrimination, and disparities in care. Andriel can assist your organization or health system in transformation to ensure every life touched receives equitable care, free of disparities.
Americans have the desire to seek mental health treatment more than ever, we still find that 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. This may be due to many not believing that services are accessible for everyone, and almost half (47%) believe options are limited.
In states where data is available, it was discovered that Black people and American Indian/Alaska Native people frequently die earlier than White people due to conditions that are treatable with proper access to quality health care.
As of 2018, life expectancy among Black people was four years lower than White people, with the lowest expectancy among Black men.
Blacks were less likely than Whites to receive diagnostic and revascularization procedures and thrombolytic therapy even when patient characteristics were similar. Furthermore, Blacks were less likely to undergo invasive cardiac procedures in the Veterans healthcare system.
Diabetes is a condition that can be effectively managed with blood glucose monitoring and medications. Yet diabetes is associated with racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes as Black people and American Indian/Alaska Native people are more likely to die from diabetes-related complications.
Major depression goes undiagnosed and untreated at disproportionally greater rates in majority Black and Hispanic communities, which leads to unnecessary suffering.
The Commonwealth Fund’s health equity scorecard found racial and ethnic health inequities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia — disparities that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In almost all states, Black Americans are more likely than White Americans to die from preventable and treatable conditions due to lack of timely, high-quality healthcare.