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Cultural barriers to mental health care with Juan Riestra, M.D.

Our guest for this There’s Sumter About It episode is Juan Riestra, M.D. psychiatrist and music lover.

Today, we discuss cultural barriers to mental health care. Getting treatment for a mental health problem can be difficult for anyone—and more than half of all adults in the country will experience an occurrence during their lives. For members of ethnic and racial minority groups, the road to treatment is often blocked by cultural views of mental illness and therapy, lack of insurance, and access to appropriate care.

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Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter entered the New Jersey General Assembly in 2012. She has served in the executive leadership as Deputy Speaker and Majority Conference Leader. Assemblywoman Sumter currently represents the 35th Legislative District that includes parts of Bergen and Passaic County.