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Dealing With The Behavioral Health Difference

“Behavioral health conditions are not uniformly distributed across the population.” It’s a statement that most executives in the field would find unsurprising. And the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted our health care systems’ socially determined disparities in interventions and outcomes—these undoubtedly correspond with disparities in the lived experience of the populations who bear the brunt of these inequalities.

Behavioral health conditions vary widely in prevalence by subpopulation. Comparing five different subpopulations, prevalence disparity rate ratios were 1.5 or higher. For some populations, the …

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