Latinx Families Navigate Mental Well-Being During a Pandemic

October 2, 12:00pm, MDT - 1:00pm, MDT




What you'll learn

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this session will focus on addressing mental health in Latinx families. COVID-19 has compounded mental health issues for families experiencing job loss, unemployment, childcare challenges, online schooling, food disparity, and has exacerbated the difficulties experienced by those who are undocumented. In many Latinx families, there is a stigma around seeking help for mental health. Mayra E. Alvarez is President of The Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization committed to giving every child, no matter their background, the resources and opportunities they need for a bright future.

Last year, The Children’s Partnership and the California Immigrant Policy Center joined efforts to launch Healthy Mind, Healthy Future, a research and policy project that aims to better understand the impact of heightened immigration enforcement activities and anti-immigrant rhetoric on the mental health and wellbeing of children in immigrant families in California, and identify what more California can do to support children in immigrant families. Ariel McNichol is the Co-founder and CEO of MotiSpark, a personalized video platform that is transforming outpatient behavioral health and engagement. MotiSpark’s Latinx Young Adult Mental Health series leverages the fun of personalized video to deliver a variety of evidenced-based interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, Compassion Focused Therapy, CBT, Implicit Priming and more. The program was developed from winning The Grand Prize in The HIMSS, CHLA Innovation Studio Developer’s Challenge to help improve health equality for Latinx youth.

Join Mayra Alvarez and Ariel McNichol as they discuss pandemic-heightened issues regarding access to healthcare, insurance challenges, the undocumented experience, and more.

Learning Points:

  • Identify pandemic-heightened issues surrounding Latinx families regarding mental wellbeing
  • Describe the technological barriers many Latinx families and communities face
  • Discuss ways to assist Latinx families in overcoming these obstacles