African-descent communities gamble just like all communities, and gambling has historically offered not just entertainment but also a way for men to care for their families. Due to systemic racism, structural barriers, and social injustice, African-descent persons and communities may gamble also to escape emotional and financial distress from lived realities that are painful. How do we support African-descent gamblers, affected others, and community members? What Afrocentric and health equity strategies can we use to help our community “breathe through life better?” This session, led by Dr. Deborah G. Haskins, is a cultural review of problem gambling.
Gambling has been expanded in Massachusetts in recent years, and many communities are not aware of the importance of using a public health approach to address problem gambling, the potential harms associated with it, and the populations disproportionally affected. This introductory training will explore the importance of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities, identify problem gambling concepts and terminology, and will categorize variables associated with an increased risk or a lower likelihood of problem gambling.
Rebecca Bishop, MSW, Project Director, Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Problem Gambling Prevention
Problem Gambling, Intermediate
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing problems with gambling and need support, call 1.800.327.5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org to speak with a trained specialist. Specialists are available 24/7. Services are free, confidential, and available in multiple languages.