Development of a faith-based mental health literacy program to improve treatment engagement among caribbean latinos in the Northeastern United States of America

Susan Caplan, Carolyn Cordero

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Abstract

Depression is one of the leading causes of years lived with disability (YLDs) worldwide. Although depression can be successfully treated, 75% of Americans do not receive care. Treatment rates among Latinos immigrants are significantly lower than non-immigrant Latinos and non-Hispanic Whites. Known factors for mental health-care disparities such as poverty, insurance coverage, language barriers, and access to specialty mental health services in Latino neighborhoods do not fully explain the differences in treatment rates. Significant, but poorly understood factors influencing depression treatment among Latinos in the United States are lack of culturally congruent care, low mental health literacy, and stigma. Even though churches are a major source of health information, social and spiritual support for Latinos, the conceptualization of culturally congruent care rarely addresses religious beliefs. Therefore, one strategy to reduce disparities in depression treatment is to partner with churches to address faith-based stigma. Community-based participatory research is recognized as a methodology particularly well suited for creating successful culturally targeted interventions. The purpose of this article is to describe the process of creating a faith-based mental health literacy intervention in the Caribbean Latino community using the principles of community-based participatory research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Quarterly of Community Health Education
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • Faith-based
  • Latinos
  • Mental health literacy
  • Stigma

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