04/19/16 – Bridging the Gap: Reducing Mental Health Disparities in Latino Populations at the Local Level

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Many individuals suffering from mental disorders in need of treatment remain untreated although effective treatments are available. This lecture, hosted by the USC Immigrant Health Initiative, will examine the extent of this treatment gap in Latinos and other ethnically/racially diverse populations in the United States. Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, a clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, will demonstrate how a local public behavioral health agency and community leaders of three underserved communities come together to build partnerships and organize decisions to achieve a health system transformation of services delivered.

He will present a cultural transformation model that identifies mental health concerns and assets, and collects community-defined recommendations aimed at

  1. strengthening meaningful community outreach and engagement,
  2. building mental health leadership in Latinos, Filipinos and LGBTQ communities, and
  3. building local capacity to foster collaborations, enhance the experience of care, improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and ultimately reduce mental health disparities in access to and utilization of mental health services.

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center. He is the author of over 130 scientific articles and chapters and editor of two books.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Soto Street Building 1 (SSB) 116
USC Health Sciences Campus
Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to kbeasley@usc.edu. by April 18, 2016.

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