Mental Health Care Among Marginalized Populations in the United States

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This July 2021 Pharmacy Today article will address barriers faced by marginalized populations when accessing mental health resources. Many of these individuals who are members encounter tremendous burdens that affect their ability to access mental health care, such as racism, homophobia, or misogyny. This article focuses on the disparities in mental health services provided to marginalized groups in the United States—Asian, Black, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning), Middle Eastern, and women.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Describe the difficulties in accessing mental health services among marginalized populations.
  • Outline the various mental health–related problems that face marginalized populations.
  • Discuss the various roles individuals, institutions, and systems play in propagating disparities in mental health services among marginalized populations.
  • Discuss pharmacist roles in addressing mental health disparities among marginalized populations.

Activity Type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.10 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-21-247-H04-P.  

To obtain credit for Mental health care among marginalized populations in the United States, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: July 1, 2021
Expiration date: July 1, 2024 - No credit can be earned after this date


Mental health care among marginalized populations in the United States, is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2021 American Pharmacists Association

Advisory Board

Helen Sairany, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director, Content Development, American Pharmacists Association.


Jeffrey Gold, PharmD, BCPP and APhA’s editorial staff and APhA editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at


There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-21-247-H04-P 0.1 CEUs July 01, 2021 - July 01, 2024