Addressing Latinx Health Disparities in the U.S. – Jan. 23

Dr. Luis H. Zayas wearing a suit and tie smiling in an outdoor portrait
Dr. Luis H. Zayas

Colorado State University’s School of Social invites students, faculty, alumni, and community members to a one-day training conference: Addressing Latinx Health Disparities in the U.S.

This event is a collaboration between CSU’s School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Sciences, and the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network at the Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23, in the Lory Student Center Ballroom D. Registration for the conference is free but required. Register at Eventbrite.

The event will also be webcast – you can watch on YouTube.

Event sessions

This free one-day training conference will include presentations on:

  • Trauma Informed Care for Latinx Populations
  • Prevention of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in Latinx Communities
  • Suicide Prevention Approaches with Latinx Children and Youth
  • Self-care and Mindfulness as Strategies for Professionals Serving Latinx Populations

Mental health professionals will also share their experiences and research in Hispanic and Latino populations in the U.S. This event’s purpose is to recognize and address the intersection between immigration, trauma, substance abuse and mental health in Latinx populations.

Keynote speaker

Luis H. Zayas, dean and professor of the Steven Hicks School of Social Work, and professor of psychiatry in the Dell Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin, will present the keynote address. His presentation is entitled “Examining the intersection of trauma, immigration, substance use, and mental health: Culturally responsive services for Latinx populations.” Zayas has published two books: Latinas Attempting Suicide: When Cultures, Families, and Daughters Collide that is based on his clinical and research experience with Hispanic families and children and Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans about U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants who endure the constant threat of deportation or who have been deported.

For more information on the training conference, please contact Audrey Shillington, director and professor in the School of Social Work, at

The School of Social Work is a part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.