People of Color and the Issues Around COVID-19

11:30 AM
12:45 PM


COVID-19 has highlighted historic health disparities among people of color (POC) due to social inequities. POC have an increased risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19, as this population has a higher number of underlying health conditions. There are also high levels of anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, substance use and suicidal ideation than non-Hispanics. Today more than ever, it is crucial to provide cultural and linguistic prevention programs and Evidence-Based practices that are effective for substance misuse, suicide prevention and mental health programs for POC. Prevention Specialist providers have been positioned to help address these risk factors, but must now navigate their roles in the current pandemic context. This interactive virtual session will outline the unique challenges, opportunities, best practices and strategies for moving forward.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Identify challenges that POC are facing due to the COVID-19 and the historic disparities

2) Understand Protective and Risk factors for POC

3) Identify effective cultural strategies and Evidence Based Practices to better serve POC

31st Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 17th Prevention Day


Pierluigi Mancini,PhD, MAC
Project Director
National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center
Dolka Michelle Zelaya, CPS
Project Coordinator
National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center