What is it about?

Implementation research and practice can sustain white supremacist structures and perpetuate inequities in mental health care if not acknowledged and addressed. We offer recommendations that center collaboratively developed, community-led approaches to foster equity in mental health care.

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Why is it important?

The Open Forum is an opinion piece developed in collaboration with implementation scientists and community partners (i.e., individuals with experience with supervision, administrators, direct care provision, and youth advocacy). Conversations surrounding their experiences in working with implementation scientists centered around who had a say in what interventions were utilized, how those interventions were not developed for their communities, and the underlying power structures that existed with their relationships with researchers. Our goal was to increase awareness of these issues all tied to white supremacy by lifting up and amplifying the voices of our colleagues in this academic outlet and increase dialogue surrounding strategies for upending white supremacist practices within implementation science.


It was an honor to write this article in collaboration with colleagues who have experienced first hand the effects of white supremacy in the field of community mental health. We were able to learn together and begin the discussion of how to dismantle oppressive systems that affect the implementation of mental health services in community settings.

Amanda Sanchez
George Mason University

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: Power Redistribution and Upending White Supremacy in Implementation Research and Practice in Community Mental Health, Psychiatric Services, March 2023, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.20220209.
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