Navigation Links
New Initiative to Improve Mental Health Among Chicago Latinos

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Receives Grant from The Chicago Community Trust to Build Latino Mental Health Providers Network

CHICAGO, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Latinos, who comprise 25 percent of Chicago's population, are a high-risk group for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, according to the National Alliance for Hispanic Mental Health (NAHMH), a reality made worse by a severe shortage of existing mental health care providers who are culturally competent. To help reverse this trend is the Latino Mental Health Providers Network, a new initiative made possible by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Center for Latino Mental Health.

(Logo: )

The project comes at a critical time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a high rate of suicide attempts among Latino adolescents. Meanwhile, the Surgeon General reports that fewer than 1 in 11 Latinos with mental disorders contact mental health care specialists -- a statistic that becomes 1 in 20 among Latino immigrants with mental disorders. To meet this challenge, experts estimate that there are approximately only 29 Latino mental health providers per 100,000 Latinos.

Building a pipeline for more culturally competent practitioners will be a central focus of the network. It will address a finding cited in a National Council of La Raza report that even when Latinos do access services, 70 percent never return after the first visit -- a tendency attributed to the lack of competency training targeted to the cultural and linguistic needs of this population.

"Studies have shown that therapists who participate in cultural sensitivity training provide more effective treatment to ethnic minority populations," said Dr. Hector Torres, Chicago School assistant professor and Center for Latino Mental Health coordinator. "The better the experience the Latino population has with mental health services, the more likely people in need will continue to benefit. Special thanks should go to The Chicago Community Trust for its support of this critical endeavor."

The vision for the network is to become a growing and collaborative organization, strategically focused to build cultural competence through workshops and mentorship opportunities among its members, other healthcare professionals, and community agencies. It also will address the immediate need for culturally competent care by placing Chicago School clinical counseling interns and at least 75 student volunteers in agencies that serve the Latino community. Together they will deliver more than 8,000 service hours working with clients and staff. Finally, the network will engage in public awareness, research, and outreach to coordinate and strengthen efforts of grassroots agencies with limited staff and capacity to address critical needs.

The network is the latest project to be implemented by The Chicago School's Center for Latino Mental Health. Founded in 2008, the center works to bolster understanding of and access to culturally competent mental health services to Latino communities through scholarly research, community service, and education. For more information about the center, visit

About The Chicago Community Trust:

For 94 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region's community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2008, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations. From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is the nation's leading nonprofit graduate university exclusively dedicated to the applications of psychology and related behavioral sciences. TCS is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized The Chicago School for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The Chicago School's community service initiatives resulted in recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to disadvantaged youth. For more information about The Chicago School, visit Follow us on Twitter at Follow us on Facebook:

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Hector Torres, Psy.D.

    CONTACT: Matt Nehmer

SOURCE The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. U.S. Initiative Seeks to Boost Hispanic Stroke Awareness
2. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. to Present at the Roth Capital Partners 2007 New York Conference
3. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
4. Tata Consultancy Services to Support Roches Global Capacity Building Initiative
5. Over 500,000 Health Care Providers Now Cutting Costs, Saving Time Through CAQH Administrative Simplification Initiative
6. Shipcom Partners With DOKUMENTA for METROs Future Store Initiative
7. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Initiatives Recognized for Increasing Patient Safety and Efficiency
8. U.S. Health Initiative Targets Aging Hispanics
9. Muslim Groups Kick Off Ramadan With Anti-Smoking Initiative
10. Acting Surgeon General Announces National Initiatives to Protect Children by Reducing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
11. Internal medicine physicians recommend key elements to guide state initiatives
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Lutronic, a leading innovator ... the latest addition to the devices for sale in the United States. Clarity ... and long-pulsed 1064 nm Nd:YAG lasers, into a single platform that is easy to ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... has selected 10 semi-finalists to head to Las Vegas for CES 2016, the world’s ... including CEO of Consumer Technology Association Gary Shapiro, Founding Partner of Pacific Investments Veronica ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Nurotron Biotechnology Co., Ltd., maker of cochlear implant systems, has ... The order will be from the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, a central government association, ... solution for children and adults suffering from severe and profound hearing loss . ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Tympani Inc., announced ... (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani as having fulfilled the training ... solutions targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center marketplace. , Ed Kapelinski, President ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... Trevor and Taylor ... as they play for the chance to represent the United States. This hybrid ... to be a part of their journey in addition to offering corporate sponsors with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... UPPSALA, Sverige, December 1, 2015 ... Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG, Bern ... att ingå i en klinisk studie av palbociclib, ... --> Studien, med namn PYTHIA, ... med anti-hormonella läkemedel i kombination med palbociclib, som ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... MAPLE GROVE, Minn. and BASEL, ... Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. (Upsher-Smith), through its wholly-owned ... for the further development of a novel, oral small ... cell-adhesion molecule that may be effective in the treatment ... Phase II clinical development. --> ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015 Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX ... IMMY ) to drive access to a low-cost alternative ... of toxoplasmosis that has been recently priced out of reach ... immune systems. --> --> ... leucovorin (a form of folic acid) for $1 per capsule for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: