By Dr. Traci Thompson Ferguson
Pregnancy and new parenthood can often be emotional times. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there’s a big difference between what is sometimes called the “baby blues” and the clinical condition known as perinatal and postpartum depression – or PPD. Continue reading “Recognizing Perinatal and Postpartum Depression”
By Ken Burdick
It’s National Health Center Week, a time to recognize and raise awareness for our nation’s community health centers.
Each year, community health centers serve more than 27 million Americans and report approximately 104 million visits annually—and the numbers continue to rise.
What makes these centers such a growing, critical resource? Continue reading “Raising Awareness for Our Nation’s Community Health Centers”
As a psychiatrist practicing in the Chicago area for the past decade, I have seen firsthand the impact mental illness has on our communities, especially in minority and underserved populations.
Mental illness doesn’t discriminate and is almost equal in prevalence across racial and ethnic groups. The disparity is rooted in the fact that African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos are less likely to receive diagnosis for their behavioral health issues and have less access to mental health services. Even when programs are in place, these groups may not take advantage of them due to social and cultural stigmas about mental illness. Continue reading “National Minority Mental Health Month: How WellCare Integrates Behavioral Health Care”