2012 Webinar Series



The RAICES/Promotoras Project: Engaging Community on Improving Children’s Mental Health with Latino Communities


February 13, 2013: 2:00 PM EST



In this webinar, Dr. Callejas will describe the RAICES/Promotoras Project at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The RAICES project was developed to serve Latino children or those with serious emotional disturbance enrolled in grades K-5. Very often, such children and their families fail to link with available services because of language, cultural and other barriers. "RAICES," which stands for Resources, Advocacy, Integration, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Services, means "roots" in Spanish and symbolizes building healthy school and family ties upon the foundations present within the family and community.

This webinar hosted by Community Solutions at the University of South Florida is for educational purposes only. Webinar content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of the Department of Child & Family Studies' Chair.


The RAICES/Promotoras Project: Engaging Community on Improving Children’s Mental Health with Latino Communities


Delivered by:

Daniel Dawes, Esq.Linda M. Callejas, Ph.D. conducts research and evaluation in the areas of collaborative community development initiatives, behavioral health disparities among minority populations, and racial and ethnic identity formation, especially among U.S. Latino populations. She currently serves as a co-principal investigator on Project Conectar: Building Capacity in a Community to Learn the Signs toAct Early, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The project seeks to reduce disparities in early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities and increase access to services in the largely Latino/Hispanic Little Havana community in Miami, FL.

Previously, Dr. Callejas served as the principal investigator for the Community-Defined Evidence Project sponsored by a partnership between the National Network to Eliminate Disparities and the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and funded by SAMHSA and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. From 2003-2006, she worked as project director of the RAICES/Promotoras Field Initiated Development Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, during which she developed a training curriculum for locally funded school-linked case management teams in Hillsborough County public schools that integrate the promotoras model of outreach. Promotoras are community members who use their knowledge of local resources and their neighborhood's health and social issues to promote healthy living and help community residents access needed health and social services. Promotoras often serve as cultural "bridges" that providers better understand targeted Latino communities and help community members navigate service systems.


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