Creating Infrastructures for Latino Mental Health

Lissette M. Piedra, Lydia P. Buki

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The growing Latino population of the United States stands poised to shape the nation’s future throughout the twenty-first century, yet serious obstacles hinder the full participation of the Latino community in American society. Access to mental health care poses a particular challenge for many segments of the population. Although significant scholarship has focused on the delivery of culturally competent practice, few academic resources address systemic issues that affect the actual delivery of services to Latino clients. In response, Creating Infrastructures for Latino Mental Health provides the first interdisciplinary guide aimed at improving access to mental health services. Experts from several specialties provide state-of-the-art analyses and innovative strategies for tackling the structural, organizational, and linguistic issues that contribute to service inequities. Collectively, the book chapters call attention to clinical, geographical, and social contexts, as well as to populations as varied as breast cancer survivors, rural “new growth communities,” and unaccompanied immigrant youth. The authors provide an exquisite array of intersecting topics linked by a common theme: the need for a broad social response to transform mental health service for Latinos. Among the topics covered:

· Infrastructure development aimed at specific dimensions of structural inequality
· The role of government in facilitating the development of infrastructures
· The need for federal policy to protect immigrants and aid in their incorporation
· Building local infrastructures attuned to the specific needs of communities
· Developing a bilingual workforce through interdisciplinary collaboration, organizational planning, and training of staff and interpreters
· Addressing the mental health needs of Latino youth in the juvenile justice system
· Expanding educational opportunities for first-generation college students
· Supporting Latino families caring for persons with serious mental illness
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages276
ISBN (Electronic)9781283351171, 9781441994523
StatePublished - 2011


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