The Greater Brockton Health Alliance is focused on Behavioral Health and defines it in the following context:
“Behavioral health is more than mental health and substance use…it is looking at the whole person – where they are and where [and how] they can thrive.” GBHA focuses its work on behavioral health and defines it in the following context:
“Behavioral health is more than mental health and substance use…it is looking at the whole person – where they are and where [and how] they can thrive.” –Steven Nikolsky, Manager of Clinical Social Workers, South Shore Health System Department of Behavioral Health
The Greater Brockton Health Alliance is “looking at the whole person” in the context of the following areas: social determinants of health (education, housing, income and transportation), early intervention and prevention, and physical and social environment (stigma, cultural barriers).
Furthermore, GBHA strives to work through a lens of cultural humility which practices beyond cultural competency and acknowledges people’s authority over their own experience as well as acknowledges the power dynamics that contribute to the marginalization of certain groups of people.
Three factors to sojourner cultural humility:
• Lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self critique
• Fix power imbalances
• Develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others