Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

​"July was first named Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 and was created to highlight mental health resources and treatment in minority communities. Minority Mental Health Month is a nationwide effort developed by Mental Health America to “shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, and queer and trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC) and others that face disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers and historical adversity.”

Marginalized, oppressed, and disenfranchised people have unique concerns, trauma, stress, obstacles, and challenges because of historical experiences, cultural differences, and social disparities. It is vital to have culturally competent professional counselors provide a safe and trusting environment and assist in eradicating minority stigma, bias, and mental health misdiagnoses."

American Counseling Association​



MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines), is an independent local organization providing mental health education, support and advocacy. They are "dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families and the community on mental illness." (mindspringhealth.org)

Mindspring released a report that includes mental health disparity data and an overview specific to each QTBIPOC community. The report also identifies the barriers impacting BIPOC mental health: language barriers and gaps, cultural beliefs, health care access, and racism and stereotyping.

View Report


Click the video below to learn about the impact of health disparity in communities of color. This video was provided by Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Equity​.​

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One Economy 2020 ​Blueprint for Action Report

One Economy, an initiative of The Directors Council, "works to eliminate racial, economic, and other disparities in the African American community by directly addressing 5 key areas: Employment, Financial Inclusion, Education, Housing, and Health". Each area has its own team of individuals who work to identify and address disparities and "serve as a resource for individuals to acquire tools to make meaningful change in these fields through their own community circles" (tdcdsm.org).

The Health section (pg. 21) of the One Economy Blueprint for Action​ report identifies eye-opening data points related to mental health disparities in the Black community:

  • An average of 15.2 percent of adults living in a predominantly Black Des Moines census tract experience poor mental health compared to 12.3 percent in predominantly non-Black Des Moines census tracts.

  • Nationally, minority children are 50 percent less likely to receive any mental health services and more likely to receive services that are inappropriate, fragmented, or inadequate.

  • Approximately 25 percent of Black adults in Iowa have experienced four or more adverse childhood experiences, putting them at increased risk of poor physical and mental health and disability later in life. In comparison, roughly 13 percent of White adults in Iowa have experienced four or more adverse childhood experiences.

To learn more about The Directors Council and One Economy, click here​ to view the 2020 Blueprint for Action report​.

​Events Calendar​

DMACC students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in these upcoming diversity events!





Minority Mental Health Virtual Event with DMACC Professor, Tony Stephens

Join us for an in-depth conversation about minority mental health featuring a presentation from DMACC psychology professor, Tony Stephens, M.S.

This event will be during the last week of July.


 Click here​ to view the DMACC Events Calendar for updates and more throughout the month!

Tina's Report - Gear Up Iowa Events and Announcements

Tina Akinyi
GEAR UP Coordinator
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Are you hoping to transfer to Grand View University in Des Moines? GEAR UP is hosting a FREE transfer tour on Thursday, July 8th. Click here to learn more​.

For a majority of you, the Fall semester will be your first time being on campus. This orientation will get you familiarized with the Urban campus and the resources we offer. All Urban campus students are required to attend this orientation (CTE students from other campuses are also welcome to attend):



Scholarship Opportunities

As a reminder, applications for DMACC Foundation scholarships are due July 15th!

DMACC Foundation Scholarships


Looking for assistance with filling out the FAFSA?

DMACC Urban Financial Aid is offering FAFSA assistance available in English, Spanish, and Karen/Burmese.

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