230841 "Tratamientos Completos Mentales-" The Program Development and Practice Response to an Integrative Mental Health Service for Mexican- Americans

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Tanya Sorrell, NP-C, MSN, MS, RN , College of Nursing, Univeristy of Arizona, Yuma, AZ
The Hispanic population, mostly of Mexican descent, is the fastest growing minority in the country. These immigrants are mostly rural Mexicans with more traditional values and concepts of health and illness. Based on their rural upbringings, agricultural backgrounds and more traditional based thinking, Mexican migrants in the United States settle along the US-Mexico border as a familiar area for them and as a means to maintain cross-border migration for health care. They are also more likely to continue to use traditional and folk medicine as part of their cultural meanings of illness and in their treatment for any noted physical or mental illnesses. When entering the United States, Mexican-Americans are frequently reluctant, as are other minority populations, to seek mental health services given the historically dismissive stance in US medicine regarding the use of their own culturally meaningful mental health treatments/remedies. Given this, the understanding and utilization of traditional and folk mental health treatments for Mexican-American immigrants is important when working with these groups and for the successful provision of culturally sensitive mental health services. This presentation documents the rationale, marketing and individual/community response to the development of an integrative mental health center on the US-Mexico border that incorporates both traditionally western, complementary and alternative and Mexican traditional mental health service treatments. By incorporating services including psychiatric medication management, Grupos/Platicas para Salud/Bienestar, Tai Chi, Yoga, Therapeutic/Accupressure Massage and Mexican Traditional Medicine/Herbolaria, the overall empowerment in mental health service acceptance, utilization and benefit is enhanced not only in the Mexican-American individuals we serve, but in the US-Mexico border community at large.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
-List issues relating to the disparities in mental health service acceptance and utilization for Mexican-Americans. - Discuss research data on the cultural inclusion and validation of the utilization of Traditional Mexican Medicine services - Discuss the rationale for Integrated Psychiatric Services specializing in the use of both Western and Traditional Mexican Medicine for Mexican-American mental health patients. - List the various services available at Yuma Mental Health and Wellness- psychiatric medication management, Grupos/Platicas de Salud Mental, Tai Chi, Yoga, therapuetic/accupressure massage, empowerment/skills workshops and Mexican Traditional Medicine/Herbolaria. - Explain methods of facilitating and marketing integrated mental health practice environments for Mexican-Americans. -

Keywords: Mental Health Care, Hispanic

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in mental health for over 20 years, specializing in the care of minority mental health needs. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduating first in my class of 225 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I have traveled to almost every continent to study mental health care and services, especially pertaining to minorities. I am currently completing doctoral studies in Minority- US/Mexico Border Mental Health. I have worked in Yuma, Arizona for over 7 years, a border health area with over 55% Mexican-American citizens, over 35% solely Spanish speaking. I am receiving American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program full academic/financial support as a Minority doctoral scholar. My doctoral focus is on the indigenous mental health practices of Mexican-Americans, with a general emphasis in traditional mental health treatments/remedies of various cultures. I have maintained a private practice for over 1 year focusing on integrative mental health services in Yuma, Arizona. I am completing an advanced certification program in Mexican Traditional Medicine from Tlahui University in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.