Low perceptions of healthcare access for teen boys

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December 9, 2015
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In response to several tragic events, there has been significant national discussion about the need to increase timely access to mental health care and addiction/recovery services – especially for teenage boys. But according to a report released this week from the University of Michigan National Voices Project, adults have very low perceptions of the availability of these healthcare services.

The National Voices Project partnered with the National Collaborative for Health Equity in Washington, D.C. to assess the perceptions of adults who work and volunteer with children, teens, and young adults regarding the availability of healthcare services for boys from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Just 16 percent of adults said there is “lots of availability” of addiction/recovery services for African American and Asian/Asian American teen boys in their communities and similar rates were seen for teen boys from all other race/ethnicity groups.

Perceptions of mental health care access were also low overall: 20 percent of adults reported lots of availability of mental health care for American Indian/Alaska Native teen boys and 21 percent for Latino/Hispanic and African American teens. Read the brief report: NationalVoicesProject.org/BMOC-Health.

Perceptions of Healthcare Availability for Teen Boys

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