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Sunday, October 14, MSPP holds Sixth Annual Lucero Memorial Run and Latino Leadership Breakfast

Race to Raise funds for Latino Mental Health Training Program

BOSTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Sunday, October 14, and for the sixth year in a row since her untimely death, hundreds will run/walk to remember and symbolically "finish the race" for Dr. Cynthia Lucero, the talented young psychologist who died during the 2002 Boston marathon, and to raise funds for her legacy. That legacy is training -- through language and cultural immersion to create culturally sensitive and linguistically competent psychologists to care for the fastest growing population in the US.

Preceding this year's race, MSPP will also hold a breakfast for educational, political and Latino leaders to discuss making mental health services truly accessible for Latinos and what MSPP is doing to facilitate that access. Attending will be Representative Jamie Eldridge of Acton; Representative Elizabeth Malia of Jamaica Plain; Senator Marian Walsh of West Roxbury; Former Senator Jarret Barrios, now President of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts; and Ali Noorani, Executive Director of MIRA.

WHAT: Sunday, October 14, 2007

8:30 AM --Latino Leadership Breakfast

10:30 AM--Dr. Cynthia Lucero Memorial Run and Walk

WHERE: MSPP 221 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury, MA

By 2050, experts estimate that one-quarter of the country's population will be Latino, yet only two percent of psychologists are really equipped to treat them. The MSPP Lucero Latino Mental Health Training Program seeks to fill this urgent need for Spanish-speaking psychologists, who understand the complex mental health needs of Latinos and the barriers to access. "Even among Latinos who access mental health services, 50 percent never return after their first visit, most likely due to a lack of 'cultural fit,'" says Dr. Nicholas Covino, MSPP president.

MSPP's program is the first of its kind to require Spanish fluency, requiring students to undergo two summers of intensive language study in Latin America, in addition to language support during the academic years and at US clinical sites serving Latinos. Recently returned from Costa Rica, the first immersion class will be available on Sunday.

Dr. Cynthia Lucero collapsed from hyponatremia while running the 2002 Boston Marathon. Shortly after her death, MSPP and Dr. Lucero's family and friends founded the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Center, which eventually created the Latino Mental Health Training Program as one of its major projects.

SOURCE Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
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