Socially disadvantaged children and those from minority backgrounds are less likely to receive services before 36 months of age, a Rutgers study finds.
Funded by Global Health Seed Grants, five faculty-led efforts will address disparities related to postpartum mental health, diseases of poverty, child feeding in farming communities, racial stigma in hospital care, and intimate partner violence.
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care hired an additional 30 mental health clinicians this summer, specifically to work with school districts to promote the social and emotional health of the state’s students, teachers, and staff as the pandemic continues.
The dashboard, which displays information to help state residents, stakeholders, and policy makers understand the range of services available to youth and families, comes at a critical time. The pandemic continues to impact children and youth, who face increased levels of anxiety, stress, isolation, and a sense of loss and grief.
The pressing need for comprehensive mental health services for New Jersey’s young people—including youth in underserved and underrepresented communities—has inspired a Rutgers alumna to help transform youth mental health care and research in the state.
Nursing science faculty member Susan Caplan, an authority on the assessment and treatment of mental health issues in Latino communities, offers practical tips for developing cultural competence while working in global health.