“There is no cure for history. It happened. It is happening.” Those first words of the Healing History self-study and discussion guide (Woll, 2021) point to some essential challenges for the behavioral health field.
If we want to respond effectively to the depth and breadth of the behavioral health challenges that African American communities face, we will need an understanding of our nation’s past and some of the ways it has led to our present—and how it is propelling us toward our future.
This Web Page
The core of the Healing History web page is a discussion of what the history of African Americans means for the present, for the future, and for the decisions we make each day. This discussion is presented in 6 chapters, with the first two chapters published during Black History Month in 2022, and the final chapter to be published during Black History Month in 2023.
- Africa: Ripe for the Plunder
- America: How Did We Get Here?
- Policies, Systems and Institutions
- Health Care for Black Lives
- Strengths and Struggles