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APA awarded a five-year, $7.1 million grant for the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018  
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APA has been awarded a five-year, $7.1 million grant for the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), one of the oldest federally-funded grants at APA. This MFP grant cycle was highly competitive and this year’s award almost doubles APA’s annual funding from the previous fellowship grant cycle.

The grant will continue the work of APA’s MFP.  The charge is the following: 1) to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for underserved populations and 2) encourage more racial and ethnic minorities to join the behavioral health workforce.  While racial and ethnic minorities make up more than 28% of the nation’s population, less than 20% of America’s mental health workforce consists of racial or ethnic minorities.

APA will expand and deploy robust programs that enable SAMHSA to continue its MFP mission and help APA with its goal of ensuring mental health equity for all. Leveraging APA technology and resources, MFP Fellows will be provided individualized support for their projects on mental health disparities as well as mentorship from fellow MFP recipients, MFP alumni and APA leaders. APA resources include national/state advocacy, media training, cutting-edge research, education, health disparities, telepsychiatry and use of APA’s PsychPro registry.

Since 1974, APA has had more than 500 MFP graduates. Today, these alumni serve racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations and are leaders in their respective communities, institutions and APA. 

APA MFP will be led by APA Deputy Medical Director Ranna Parekh, M.D., M.P.H., and the Division of Diversity and Health Equity in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.  All involved APA staff will work closely with MFP Fellows and other MFP grantee organizations (e.g., American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, etc.) to execute SAMHSA’s mission. 


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