260499 Latino Disparities in Mental Health Care in California

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Lina Mendez, PhD , Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD , Center for Reducing Health Disparities, University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
Gustavo Loera, EdD , Los Angeles, Mental Health America Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA
Ethnic minority groups constitute a large segment of the U.S. population and are typically underserved in terms of accessing and utilizing mental health services. We explored the perspectives and experiences of Latino stakeholders in California to help us develop community-based strategies related to access and utilization of mental health services as well as prevention and early intervention. We conducted 11 community forums with individuals who represented a wide spectrum of sectors such as consumer, family members, ethnic service managers, cultural competence workers, promotores/as, teachers, professor, counselors, researchers and others. To analyze the data, we created a database that included all 11 summaries from the forums and used Atlas ti a qualitative data analysis software package, to facilitate the coding and compiling of data into categories. In general the participants saw negative perceptions about mental health care as a significant factor contributing to limited or no access to care. Among the many concerns, stigma, culture, masculinity, exposure to violence, and lack of information and awareness were the most common. The data showed that the following five communities and cultural assets were critical elements to improving access to care: (1) individual and community resiliency, (2) family involvement, (3) church and religious leaders, (4) community role models and mentors, and (5) community Pláticas.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
List two reasons why some Latinos in California may not seek mental health services. Describe two outreach strategies that help Latinos seek information about mental health services. Name two provider's characteristics that make Latinos feel more comfortable when seeking mental health services.

Keywords: Latino, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project manager for the California Reducing Disparities Project and was responsible for the data collection,analysis and returning to the Latino communities to share our findings. My research interests are to investigate what works for Latinos in California when it comes to prevention and early intervention in mental health.
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.