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Family Science Social Justice Day Panel Discussion

Family Science Social Justice Day Panel: Health and Well-Being in Latino Immigrant Families
When Apr 11, 2019
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 2236 SPH Friedgen Lounge
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This 90-minute session will include four 15-minute presentations from faculty or Ph.D. students in the Department of Family Science. Each panelist will present on an element of their research on Latino families and the programmatic social justice implications and struggles for the health and well-being of these families. The session will close with an audience Q&A.

Panelists and Presentation Details:

Dr. Mariana Falconier, Associate Professor at the Department of Family Science
Presentation Title: Stress in Latin American Immigrant Couples: Findings and Interventions

Description: Latin American families living in the U.S. experience a significant number of stressors, mostly related to their situation of being immigrants. This presentation will discuss the effects of immigration stress on individual and relational health in Latin American immigrant couples living in the Washington DC area and present programmatic interventions to assist this population.

C.Andrew Conway, MSW
Presentation Title: Family Separation and Mental Health Outcomes Among Latinx Immigrant Youth

Description: In a sample of over 700 middle and high school Latino immigrant youth, over 70 percent reported experiencing a prolonged separation from one or both parents. Experiencing family separation was associated with a range of adverse mental health and relationship outcomes.

Amy Lewin, PsyD, Assistant Professor 
Presentation Title: The Promise of Latino Youth: A Report from Montgomery County

Description: Latino youth express great hope and motivation for their futures but recent data indicate that they are not being well-served by the education and health care systems. Latino youth in Montgomery County are lagging behind their peers academically and experiencing high rates of school dropout, adversity and psychological distress.  

G. Ali Hurtado, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Presentation Title: Engaging Latino Immigrant Fathers in Behavioral Interventions to Improve the Health of their Adolescent Children

Description: Latino immigrant families are resilient and adept at overcoming challenges, despite that familism is key cultural value, few researchers and practitioners have look into fathers’ role as to promote health and wellbeing among adolescents, particularly in low income families.  This presentation will share the lessons learned of a program titled: Padres Preparados, Jóvenes Saludables, a family-skills program to strengthen energy-balance related behaviors.

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