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Discussing the value of culturally competent mental health care

Mike Boucher and Melanie Funchess on "Connections."
Emmarae Stein
Mike Boucher and Melanie Funchess appear on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Data shows Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white Americans to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, but only one in three Black adults struggling with mental health challenges receives treatment. The reasons behind that are complex. As our guests discuss this hour, one reason is the lack of access to culturally competent care.

We talk with mental health practitioners who discuss what anti-racist, culturally competent mental health care looks like, and why it's important. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."