The National Hispanic and Latino ATTC conducted its Panel of Experts Meeting where renowned researchers in the behavioral health and substance use disorder field will provide input and feedback on the work this ATTC accomplished to date and future tasks.
Gender has been identified as a determinant of health. Gender differences are found in mental illness patterns as well as substance use, and co-occurrence patterns. Gender acquired risks are multiple and interconnected. Many arise from womenâ€™s greater exposure to poverty, discrimination, violence, and socioeconomic disadvantages. Women constitute around 70% of the worldâ€™s poor and earn significantly less than men when in paid work. For Latinas, minority status may further contribute to experiences regarding diagnosis, access, and use of behavioral health services. Given that women experience higher levels of poverty, discrimination and gender violence, and that gender may play an important role in behavioral health experiences, the importance of looking at gender as a determinant of health seems evident. This symposium will examine the existing evidence on gender disparities as they related to access and treatment of Latinas in recovery who belong to other sub attended populations.