Recent events have evidenced how structural inequities, racism and discrimination contribute to the health and mental health experiences of communities of color. In the United States, 92% of Blacks, 78% of Latinxs, 75% of Native Americans, and 61% of Asian Americans have reported experiencing racial discrimination in the form of racial slurs, violence, threats, and harassment. For Latinx, the intersectionality of identities may also contribute to the way health and mental health is experienced and expressed. This conversation is geared at addressing how Latinx identities, discrimination, and mental health interact. Our panelist will provide insight from the mental health and social justice perspective on the impact of these variables on Latinx communities. The panel will provide recommendations for practitioners, including how advocacy can be an important element in mental health services.
Who should attend? This webinar is designed for mental health providers including psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and graduate level students in the mental health field.
About the presenters:
Haner Hernández, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI- Dr. Hernández is originally from Puerto Rico and has lived in the United States since 1968. He is bilingual and has worked for over 20 years in the human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare programs. Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professional in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide addiction and recovery services to the Latino population. Haner is a person in long-term recovery from addiction, and for the past 20 years has been committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels.
Miguel Gallardo, PsyD- Dr Miguel Gallardo has been a long- time collaborator for the previous National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center and now National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. His expertise in culturally responsive approaches has been instrumental for our audience that has included addiction counselors, clinicians, clinical social workers, psychologist, mental health counselors and graduate level students. Dr. Gallardo´s sensibility and awareness in describing the social, historical, community and individual factors that have an impact on the mental health of Latinos has been recognized and appreciated by our audiences. Dr Gallardo has been a presenter at our conferences and has also facilitated webinars, and in all of those he has been well-organized, articulate and responsible in presenting the information. We are grateful to have him as one of our main collaborators.