Strategies for Deconstructing Racism in the Health and Human Services

ISBN : 9780199368907

Alma Carten; Alan Siskind; Mary Pender Greene
392 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Building on the successful outcomes of a five-year initiative undertaken in New York City, Alma Carten, Alan Siskind, and Mary Pender Greene bring together a national roster of leading practitioners, scholars, and advocates who draw upon extensive practice experiences and original research. Together, they offer a range of strategies with a high potential for creating the critical mass for change that is essential to transforming the nation's health and human services systems. Strategies for Deconstructing Racism in the Health and Human Services closes the gap in the literature examining the role of interpersonal bias, structural racism, and institutional racism that diminish service access and serve as the root cause for the persistence of disparate racial and ethnic outcomes observed in the nation's health and human services systems. The one-of-a-kind text is especially relevant today as population trends are dramatically changing the nation's demographic and cultural landscape, while funds for the health and human services diminish and demands for culturally relevant evidence-based interventions increase. The book is an invaluable resource for service providers and educational institutions that play a central role in the education and preparation of the health and human service workforce.


Forward (Joyce M. James)
Contributing Authors
Introduction (Alma J. Carten)
PART ONE: Building the Infrastructure: Supporting Sustainable Change and Renewal
1. Promoting Organizational and Systemic Change
Mary Pender Greene and Paul Levine
2. Incorporating Antiracist Work at Staff and Board Levels
Alan Siskind and Todd Schenk
3. Education and Training of a Race-Conscious Workforce
Willie Tolliver and Steve Burghardt
4. Creating a Culturally Competent Research Agenda
Mo Yee Lee, Xiafei Wang, Yiwen Cao, Chang Liu, and Amy Zaharlick
5. When Does Race Matter? Examining Antiracist Organizational Change
Lisa V. Blitz and Mimi Abramovitz
PART TWO: Reshaping Theoretical and Practice Paradigms
6. Deconstructing White Supremacy
Rev. David Billings
7. Theoretical Perspectives for Transformation
Jeanne Bertrand Finch
8. Antiracist Approaches for Shaping Theoretical and Practice Paradigms
Kenneth V. Hardy
PART THREE: Systemic Impacts and Special Populations
9. Children, Youth, and Family Serving Systems
Gerald P. Mallon and Ruth G. McRoy
10. Systems Serving Ethnically Diverse Older Adults
Camille Huggins
11. Barriers to Mental Health and Treatment Among Urban Adolescents and Emerging Adult Males of Color
Michael A. Lindsey and Amaris Watson
PART FOUR: The Helping Relationship
12. The Influence of Race and Ethnicity on Consumer Behaviors
Manny J. Gonzalez
13. Establishing Effective Cross- Cultural Alliances with Diverse Consumer Populations
Eileen Klein
14. Unpacking Racism, Poverty, and Trauma's Impact on the School- to- Prison Pipeline
Robert Abramovitz and Jessica Mingus
PART FIVE: Replicating Best Practices
15. Giving Equal Access to the American Dream to All Kids: The Harlem Children's Zone
Anne Williams- Isom
16. A Racial Equity Staff Development Strategy for Public Human Service Organizations
Christiana Best- Giacomini, Alexis Howard, and Henry Ilian
Closing Thoughts from the Editors


Alma J. Carten, PhD ACSW, LCSW, is Associate Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She teaches in the human behavior in the social environment and social welfare policy curriculum areas.; Alan B. Siskind, PhD, LCSW, is former CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, one of the nation's largest voluntary Human Service and Mental Health agencies.; Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, is President & CEO of MPG Consulting. She and her team provide transformative culturally and racially attuned clinical, programmatic, and administrative services to individuals and organizations serving populations of color.