Task Force meeting-Rockville, MD January 22nd and 23rd, 2015
The National Hispanic and Latino ATTC recently conducted its Task Force meeting in Rockville, MD. During the meeting, representatives from across the ATTC Network conveyed to discuss the role of the Hispanic Latino ATTC in collaborating with regional centers to better serve the Hispanic/Latino population. The meeting had the following objectives:
To provide the regions with current demographic information of the Hispanic and Latino populations.
Inform of recent initiatives that are available from representatives of the Federal Government for Hispanic and Latino populations
Illustrate training curriculums that address Hispanic and Latino issues
Facilitate information from your ATTC region on behavioral health disparities in SUD that are affecting the Hispanic and Latino population
Design a structure on how the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC can be instrumental to address these issues that have be identified.
The meeting yielded fruitful results where collaboration efforts and new initiatives where established.
Current demographic information of the Hispanic and Latino populations:
The ATTC Network conducted a Task Force meeting where Regional Centers presented relevant data on services provided for Hispanic and Latino populations.
During the Task Force Meeting, Regional Centers were appointed to present on the follwoing aspects:
Identify the highest concentration of Hispanic/Latino populations with SUDs in your region.
Identify the behavioral health services access disparities in your region among Hispanic/Latino populations.
What are the treatment capacities and training needs of organizations and providers servicing the Hispanic/Latino population in your region?
Mention key stakeholders in your region that can collaborate to facilitate the access to training of the workforce servicing the Hispanic/Latino population.
What strategies have you applied in your region with providers servicing Hispanic/Latino populations that have been effective in implementing cultural competent practices?
These presentations respond to this request and provide some background information that allow service providers to contextualize and understand more profundly the complexity of providing culturally relevant and responsive services.
Dr. Torres' Presentation: Disparities in Services to Hispanic and Latino Populations
Dr. Luis Torres is an assistant professor in the Graduate College of Social Work. His research agenda focuses on co-occurring mental health, substance abuse and medical disorders in adolescents and young adults, with a particular emphasis on Latinos in the U.S. and Latin Americans in their countries of origin. Research interests include acculturation models and their impact on illness development; prevalence, sociodemographic and clinical correlates of comorbid conditions; best practices in screening, assessment and integrated treatment across service settings; culture and psychiatric diagnosis; and cultural adaptation of interventions (Bio obtained from the the University of Houston).
Review recent demographic shifts in the Hispanic population and their implications for service delivery.
Articulate important issues impacting disparities in service delivery (e.g., cross-cultural factors, personal biases, structural issues) and other risk factors for adverse health and mental health outcomes in Hispanics.
Identify strategies for targeting and decreasing Hispanic Health Disparities (e.g., increasing culturally-competent practice with Hispanics in healthcare settings).