Pilot Design and Implementation of an Innovative Mental Health and Wellness Clinic at a Historically Black College/University

Jessica R. Moore, David E. Pollio, Barry A. Hong, Celeste Valencia, Michael Sorrell, Carol S North

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Abstract

A pilot mental health and wellness clinic was developed and implemented on the campus of Paul Quinn College, a small Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Dallas, TX, to address mental health disparities in an African-American student population. Additionally, a series of student engagement activities was developed and implemented to address stigma and enhance linkage to the clinic. The student engagement activities were well attended. In all, 14 students requested a total of 97 appointments during the spring 2016 semester, but attended only 41 appointments. Students sought treatment of a variety of psychiatric disorders, most commonly major depressive disorder and adjustment disorder. A model based on this program could conceivably be extended to serve students more broadly in other HBCUs as well as in community colleges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Sep 22 2017

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Keywords

  • African American
  • College mental health
  • Health care disparities
  • Historically Black College University
  • Mental health assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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