How are different communities’ emotional needs different?  Our health is influenced by five main factors: genetics, behavior, environmental and physical influences, healthcare, and social factors. Issues relating to equity—race, education level, income, etc.) contribute to the social factor of health, also often referred to as SES social determinants of health). Childhood enrichment and parents’ involvement boosts education, education determines career, and career determines community and what resources a person has at their disposal.

What Is Inequitable In Behavioral Healthcare And Education?

Special Education

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Behavioral and social challenges can present as symptoms of trauma, language barriers, and poor parental and family mental health more common in marginalized communities.

Diverse providers

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Rebuilding trust in health care remains an issue, particularly among racially and unethically diverse populations.


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People with low income, Pacific Islanders, and BIPOC are more likely to experience barriers to receiving treatment.

What are the repercussions of Healthcare inequities to the affected communities and the greater society?

Educational Outcome

11 Percentile

Academic performance boosted
through social-emotional learning


272000 Percentile

Cost of each student dropping out 

Career, Absenteeism & Productivity

Extra annual earnings with high school
diploma & college degree

College Acceptance and Graduation

Age 25

Socially competent children were significantly more likely to graduate from college and work full-time

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1/3 white Americans that hold at least a bachelor’s, compared with blacks (19%) and Hispanics (16%)

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Black students are 6x more likely to be on student loans 
compared to whites

Family, Generational Trauma
& Foster Care

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1/3 white Americans that hold at least a bachelor’s, compared with blacks (19%) and Hispanics (16%)

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Socially competent children were significantly more likely to graduate from college and work full-time

Crime, gangs, substance abuse

The prevention of ACEs protects against future criminal activities

Highschool Dropouts are 8X More Likely

to be incarcerated

Emotional Wellness of BIPOC

2.9 Million

Approximately 22.9 million Asian-Pacific Americans reside in the US, and 2.9 million are struggling with mental health conditions.

3x less likely

Research also shows that Asian Americans are 3 times less likely than other racial groups to seek help.

Rise of Asian Hate Crimes

Covid magnified this growing mental health crisis for many AAPI – there was a significant rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, causing mental health distress to many.

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Barriers to mental emotional wellness.

More families would receive help if they had affordable alternatives that were just as effective. The lack of black and brown therapists hinders them from seeking treatment and feeling comfortable confiding in one

Stigmatized judgments and misunderstandings

Black and brown people are often perceived to be weak when they have concerns about their mental or emotional well-being. Thus, a family may have difficulty discussing their issues with one another because they may later belittle, disparage, and unqualify one another. As a result. resentment becomes unresolved and builds up, resulting in a trauma cycle that is problematic.

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Inaccessibility of services

A shortage of Spanish-speaking psychologists, school psychologists, speech therapists, and behaviour therapists makes obtaining services difficult.

Perception of treatment

Spanish-speaking Hispanics see less need for mental health treatment, seek treatment for themselves or their families less often, and are more likely to drop out of treatment.

Immigrants' Risk of mental disorders

Immigrants’ risk of mental health disorders increases the longer they stay in the US due to discrimination and/or cultural conflict when compared with US-born Hispanics.

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Attaining equity means elevating marginalized people by preventing traumatic childhood experiences, helping families break harmful cycles, and endowing them with the knowledge, tools, and resilience to cope with stressors in healthy ways.
What Is curaJOY Doing For Minority Communities?

The US Surgeon General has identified a major deficit in cultural competence across existing behavioral health and education providers. For those from whom English is a second language, having a non-white provider who speaks their native language can be crucial to treatment success. For example, according to the APA, only 5.5% of therapists report the ability to provide treatment in Spanish, though Hispanics make up the largest ethnic minority in the US (18% of the population). curaJOY’s software is designed to be inclusive: it’s multilingual, culturally sensitive, and always learning to be better.

79% of psychologists in the US are white. A white provider can certainly treat a person of color, but be biased, culturally insensitive, and engage in micro-aggressions even if they have the best intentions. A survey of 635 behavior therapists revealed that only 30% of respondents received any graduate training that addressed cultural competence, 3% reported that the topic was a degree emphasis, and 25% reported no training at all. Ethnic minorities are the least likely to seek mental and behavioral healthcare. curaJOY is committed to making every user feel safe and comfortable by matching them with a virtual therapist who speaks their language and comes from their culture.

Stigma is a major barrier to seeking and receiving mental/behavioral health treatment, and certain cultures carry higher levels of stigma than others. Many ethnic minorities believe that seeking help is shameful, selfish, or unnecessary. This belief is especially common in Asian communities. With its positive, proactive approach, inclusive, multilingual content and collection of diverse-looking virtual mentors, Quest Depot fights stigma as a barrier to necessary care by:

a) allowing families to access support privately in their homes

b) using a fun, gamified approach to promote personal achievement during a positive growth-oriented journey

c) prioritizing culturally-competent care to benefit the most diverse audience possible

d) creating psychological safety for marginalized people who desire providers that share their cultural background and life experiences

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