Addressing Mental Health Challenges through Community Engagement: A Multi-level Approach to Depression among Latino Immigrants in Baltimore

 

Project Title

Addressing Mental Health Challenges through Community Engagement: A Multi-level Approach to Depression among Latino Immigrants in Baltimore

Project Summary

This project seeks to increase access to care for the prevention and treatment of depression for Latino immigrants living in Baltimore City. Depression is ubiquitous in the United States and many sufferers face barriers to accessing mental health care including provider shortages, time constraints, insurance and stigma related to mental health issues. Immigrants face additional challenges to accessing care as a result of ineligibility for insurance and the dearth of linguistically and culturally concordant healthcare services.

A coordinated effort on the part of healthcare providers and community members is critical in order to increase and enhance depression care for Baltimore’s immigrant Latino community, a vital and rapidly growing population. Since 2013, Johns Hopkins Centro SOL has been at the forefront of providing and expanding access to equitable care and health services for limited English Proficiency (LEP) Latino immigrants in Baltimore.

In this project Johns Hopkins Centro SOL intends to convene a network of stakeholders throughout Baltimore to accomplish three specific aims: 1) To reduce stigma and increase mental health literacy; 2) To pilot and evaluate evidence-based, feasible and sustainable mental health services for depression; and 3) To develop and disseminate the Latino Mental Health Equity Strategy: Opportunities for Lay-Led Interventions for Depression.

Project Details

 
Principal Investigator
Funder
Polk, Sarah - MD, MSH The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation
Department
Project Start Date
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center January 1, 2019
Co - Principal Investigator
Project End Date
Platt, Rheanna - MD, MPH December 31, 2021
Other Co - Principal Investigators
Team Members
Joo, Jin Hui - MD, MA
Page, Kathleen - MD
Grieb, Suzanne - PhD

Guerrero Vazquez, Monica - MPH, MS