From: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

NIMHD champions workforce diversity. We are recognizing pioneer researchers in minority health and health disparities field, whose career trajectories have been shaped by the NIMHD-sponsored Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and subsequent research program grants. Meet Daniel E. Jimenez, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Jimenez

Dr. Jimenez is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has extensive experience in aging research, and he has dedicated his career to improving access to and engagement with mental health services among underserved populations. Dr. Jimenez’s research interests include geriatric mental health services research, health promotion, multicultural mental health, and mental illness prevention. He has combined these areas of research to design and implement culturally appropriate and novel approaches to preventing mental illness in racial/ethnic minority older adults.

Dr. Jimenez is the son of parents who emigrated from Cuba hoping to make a new and better life for themselves and their children. He identifies himself as Cuban. From that vantage point, Dr. Jimenez grew up not only witnessing the hardship of being an immigrant, but also watched as they persevered in the face of great adversity. He learned from an early age that despite older generations carrying great wisdom and knowledge, a foreign culture that marginalizes minorities can severely challenge even the most capable immigrants. These early experiences ignited Dr. Jimenez’s passion and continued to drive his commitment toward helping older racial/ethnic minority adults.

On his work addressing health disparities in minority and vulnerable populations through personal and professional experiences, Dr. Jimenez said, “I have learned that mental health disparities among older Latinos are unlikely to be ameliorated without equal attention to how they engage with and respond to mental health problems and treatment. Stigma and the skepticism towards traditional mental health treatment are high, while a sense of community is believed to be an essential component of health and well-being. A strong social network is a protective factor against mental health problems, providing help in times of need. For Latinos, migration has had a devastating effect on their social fabric. The disruption of family structure by the scattering of family members is believed to be traumatic, and it can lead to poor mental health. Therefore, effective approaches to reducing the burden of mental illness affecting older Latinos – and ultimately eliminating mental health disparities – are likely to involve non-traditional methods that are culturally acceptable and scalable.”

To see the full interview: Dr. Daniel Jimenez – NIMHD’s Pioneers in Minority Health and Health Disparities Q & A Campaign



Last May in New Orleans we attended our annual ASHP meeting.

“Social Determinants of Mental Health in Hispanic Communities”

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The day started with the opening remarks of our president Dr. Ruby Castilla- Puentes & Dr. Juan Gallego and President elect Dr. Rebecca W. Brendel. 

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Thank you Dra. Andrea Otero Ospina and Dr. Arturo Grau Martinez for the excellent sessions. We were very fortunate to have you speaking at the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry Annual meeting in New Orleans. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

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Attendees experienced an overwhelming appreciation for the conference content, speaker professionalism and expertise, and impact on health professional practice!

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ASHP End of year Celebration 2020

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Ruby Castilla and Gerardo Villarreal, ASHP Members presenting at the Latin American Symposium at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Meeting, May 2017.