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How We're Reaching Spanish Speaking Families

How We’re Reaching Spanish-Speaking Families

According to the US Census Bureau, Hispanic Americans are the largest racial or ethnic minority in the United States, at 18.5% of the population. Further, 13.5% of the US population speak Spanish at home. Due to a wide range of barriers, Hispanic and Latinx communities often struggle to access evidence-based mental health care, support and resources.

At the Child Mind Institute, we’re building our capacity to effectively engage Spanish-speaking families through public education, partnerships, school programs and human resources measures.

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Public Education

Public Education

Through our website, email newsletters and social media channels, parents, caregivers and educators can access over 600 Spanish-language guides, articles and webinars to help them better understand and respond to the mental health needs of the young people in their lives.

In April of 2020, we established the Child Mind Institute en español Facebook page, a dedicated space to share resources and connect with our Spanish-speaking audience. Our clinicians began hosting Spanish-language Facebook Lives to answer questions about managing mental health during the pandemic and beyond. In less than a year, the Facebook page has gained over 59,000 followers and the Spanish-language videos have been viewed over 1.3 million times, demonstrating the significant appetite for these resources. These efforts were generously supported by Morgan Stanley.

We continue to partner with organizations that serve Spanish-speaking communities, including Common Sense Latino, Spanish-language iHeartRadio stations, Parents Magazine (Ser Padres), UnidosUS and Univision. For example, last October, the Child Mind Institute developed a series of Spanish-language public service announcements about children’s mental health, which aired during Hispanic Heritage Month and iHeartRadio’s “Fiesta Latina”.

School and Community Programs

During the current 2020-21 school year, our School and Community Programs team began offering Spanish-language Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training (BEST) for parents and Spanish-language parent talks on a variety of our most popular topics.

We are offering these services virtually during the pandemic, which has been highly successful, with more parents able to attend from home without additional travel time. We are also building our overall capacity to engage Spanish-speaking parents through our school programs by translating our program materials.

Investing in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Child Mind Institute

As part of our efforts to build our Spanish-language offerings in the long-term, early last year we created a new Spanish Editor and Outreach Manager role within the Child Mind Institute’s Communications team. In March 2020, Gabriela Bobadilla joined the Child Mind Institute and embarked on developing our outreach and engagement to Spanish-speaking populations. Gabriela is a tireless advocate for the Spanish-speaking community and has a deep understanding of the needs of Spanish-speaking children and families, bringing 25 years of experience with this population to the role.

Recognizing that Spanish-speaking, BIPOC, low-income and other marginalized communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and responding to last year’s reckoning around racial inequity and racism, we have launched several initiatives to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Child Mind Institute.

Last year, we established the Diversity and Equity Committee, a collaborative group of peer-nominated employees from a range of staff levels and backgrounds. The committee’s purpose is to address, explore, and plan for ways we can create an open dialogue about equity and social justice internally and externally. The Committee seeks to establish a supportive and culturally competent environment where our management and employees can thrive and work toward our goal of improving the mental health of all children.

To continue to build our capacity to engage Spanish-speaking children and families with Spanish-language, culturally relevant resources and supports, we need your help. Please consider making a donation to the Child Mind Institute today.

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About the Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

We are driven to create a brighter future for our children, and we make three commitments:

  • Give children and adolescents access to evidence-based, effective clinical care when and where they need it most.
  • Advance the science of the developing brain to improve diagnosis and treatment.
  • Provide useful, accurate information that empowers families and communities to get help.
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The Child Mind Institute comprises a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Child Mind Institute, Inc., and two clinical programs, Child Mind Medical Practice, PLLC and Child Mind Medical Practice, PC. Donations to the Child Mind Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Upon request, a copy of our latest annual report can be obtained by contacting the Child Mind Institute at Attention: Development Office, 215 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022 or by contacting the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General at 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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