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Latino Behavioral Leaders win National Award for Health Equity

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Teresa Molina and Javier Alegre of UNP and Latino Behavioral Health Services received the national 2021 Award for Health Equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Campus Partnerships for Health.

The award recognition explains, “For ten years, the Latino Behavioral Health partnership has worked to advance mental health and wellbeing among Latinx and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) communities in Utah, and to end systemic inequities that deny access to culturally and linguistically responsive mental health supports.

“The partnership is rooted in principles of inclusion, access, equity, opportunity, collaboration, and the possibility of good health for all. The partnership has been at the forefront of an effort to shift the mental health paradigm in Utah from one that diagnoses and treats individual mental illnesses, to one that promotes recovery and wellbeing by addressing the individual, family, community, and institutional factors that shape mental health outcomes in communities facing marginalization.”

Those of us who have had the honor of working with Teresa and Javier over the years know how important LBHS’s work has been in our communities, and that this award is much deserved. Congratulations!

Read more about the award HERE.