This year’s conference theme is “Justice, health equity, and reducing the digital divide". The conference theme underscores the importance of addressing the socially constructed determinants of health and structural inequities, including systemic racism, in order to achieve health equity. As providers of mental health care, supporting people living with mental illness, we need to establish equity-based approaches rooted in cultural humility in order to collaborate with diverse groups to provide the best possible care, education and support.
Digital care has rapidly accelerated transmission of knowledge while expanding the scope of practice without significant consideration for the complexities and disparities in access to care. Therein lies opportunity to develop culturally relevant, responsive strategies to reach disadvantaged populations and address the digital divide, leveraging this platform to decrease disparity.
We encourage you to attend, share and connect so we may work to enhance integrated and collaborative mental health care and improve health outcomes now and far beyond the pandemic.