Addressing Disparities in Behavioral Health for Communities of Color:
The Community Defined Evidence Project (CDEP)
A joint initiative between the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) and National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) in association with the Department of Child and Family Studies in the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida
The Community Defined Evidence Project offers an important and exciting opportunity to advance the current body of knowledge on community-based practices “that work” for Latino populations. By developing an evidence base that uses cultural and/or community indices, we hope to influence the research and evaluation agenda, as well as policymakers and funding agencies, to implement and use innovative community-based practices to reduce disparities and improve availability, quality, and outcomes of behavioral health care for all individuals and families.