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Our Approach

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Our Approach 

Healthcare and mental health are intimately connected in the physiological, psychological, developmental, environmental, and ecological domains of our lives. Our approach recognizes the interconnectivity of the human experiences and works to address problems through a psycho-physiological, sociological, and a cultural-environmental lens. Our organization’s three perspectives were chosen in order to provide a comprehensive foundation for research on systematic issues in healthcare for marginalized communities to better understand unique cultural needs. In our ongoing processes to influence positive change, we focus on the treatment of various physical, mental, and/or emotional illnesses, as well as the prevention of healthcare inequities for historically underserved communities that continue to experience healthcare disparities, despite current interventions.

Three-Step Approach 


The branch of physiology that is concerned with the relationship between mental (psyche) and physical (physiological) processes; the scientific study of the interaction between mind and body.

Social Determinants of Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the social determinants of health as the conditions in which persons are born, grow, live, work, and age, including the health-care system. The social determinants of health as well as race and ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, age, and disability, which all influence health.

Health Disparities

As indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health disparities are preventable

differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. Health disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

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