Arts & Humanities in the Spotlight

As Director of the Hutchins Institute for Public Policy Studies, Dr. Francisco H. Vázquez continues to provide support to Latinos Service Providers (LSP), which has received a five-year (2016-2022), 1.18 million dollar grant from the California Department of Mental Health to conduct a five-year research project on mental and behavioral health. The objective of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) is to work with the Latino community to identify cultural-based practices that promote mental health and to develop methods to translate these into evidence-based practices. Dr. Vázquez conceived and co-wrote the proposal for the Testimonios project, which will train up to twenty high school students per year as promotores de salud mental. Once trained, these promotores collect and disseminate information from and to their particular communities. The first group of 20 students successfully completed their internship and the second group is well under way. They are supported by a Community Advisory Group made up of SSU and SRJC faculty and students, community members, cultural practitioners, mental health specialists, as well as CRDP and LSP staff.