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The Other Side of the Strong Black Women: Individual, Cultural and Systemic Factors Associated with Risk for Mental Illness and Linkage to Treatment

Inger Burnett ZieglerThe Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI), invites you to attend our upcoming Colloquia on Thursday, February 17th at 12 PM CST. Dr. Inger Burnett-Ziegler, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University, will be presenting her research examining the characteristics of the cultural icon the ‘Strong Black Woman’.

Epidemiological studies have shown that socio-demographic characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, education, employment and income are associated with one’s risk for developing a mental health condition, access and engagement in treatment. Similarly, cultural factors play a key role in the expression, identification, and perceived need for treatment, particularly among Black women. Dr. Burnett-Ziegler will discuss the ‘Strong Black Woman’ as it relates to how Black women cope with stress. Additionally, mental and physical challenges that are disproportionately prevalent among Black women will be highlighted. Finally, the benefits and consequences of the Strong Black Woman prototype will be reviewed and a model for mental wellness among Black women will be presented. 

Join us virtually on Thursday, February 17 at 12 PM CST via Zoom. Join our program by clicking this Zoom link.