Community Outreach & Education
Aliento's community outreach and education components are targeted to mutually serve both community members and mental health professionals.
The Latina/o community is the fastest growing and largest ethnoculturally diverse group in the United States. One of the Center's goals is to focus on the strengths inherent in the Latina/o community that are often translated into or misinterpreted as deficits. We believe that empowerment of individuals and communities begins with the inclusion of community members in the development of education, training and research philosophies. Our Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model focuses on active dialogue and participation with Latina/o community members. The Center integrates a community service and outreach component to directly address the needs of the surrounding Latina/o communities. Our outreach efforts include working with local church communities and other entities to provide preventative educational programs to the community. Programs on parenting skills, relationships, and stress management are among the topics included in our outreach efforts.
Additionally, the Center is committed to empowering professionals in the community through educational workshops, consultation and through the dissemination of innovative research and practice methodologies. Through collaboration with several local, national and international Latina/o-serving entities, the Latina/o Center's connection with professionals increases our effectiveness in bridging the gap individually and systemically.
The elucidation and celebration of common, culturally-consistent values is a focus of the Center. Aliento's primary aim is to give voice to the Latina/o community's strengths and values. Through outreach and educational programs, Aliento hopes to empower both the Latina/o community and the professionals serving the community. Our outreach efforts are intended to provide the community with support and to destigmatize mental illness and mental health services within the community.