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The Global Mental Health Mentorship Network - gmhCONNECT

The Global Mental Health Mentorship Network, gmhCONNECT, will provide specialized training and mentorship to select trainees and early-career investigators to better prepare them for successful research careers in global mental health (GMH) research including understanding and intervening upon social drivers of mental illnesses across the lifespan in diverse contexts.  The program is based at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and George Washington University (GWU) with a large U.S. and international faculty of GMH researchers, people with lived experience from the Global Mental Health Peer Network (GMHPN), and practitioners and policy makers from a range of global health, international development, and humanitarian organizations.
The program is based at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and George Washington University (GWU). 

Deadline for applications – February 15, 2023 

Please refer all inquiries and questions to Chloe Polutnik at





Casa de Don Pedro – HOLA Ponencias en Salud Mental

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APAL 2022

Some of our members attended the 2022 APAL meeting (Asociación Psiquiátrica de América Latina).

In the pictures: Dr. Colimon, Dr. Gallego and Dr. Ng



La salud mental incluye nuestro bienestar emocional, psicológico y social. Afecta la forma en que pensamos, sentimos y actuamos. También nos ayuda a determinar cómo manejar el estrés, relacionarnos con otras personas y tomar decisiones. La salud mental es importante en todas las etapas de la vida, desde la niñez y la adolescencia hasta la edad adulta.
Durante su vida, si tiene problemas de salud mental, su pensamiento, ánimo y comportamiento pueden verse afectados. Muchos factores contribuyen a tener problemas de salud mental, entre ellos:

Factores biológicos, como genes o la química del cerebro
Experiencias de vida, como traumas o abusos
Historia familiar de problemas de salud mental
Los problemas de salud mental son frecuentes, pero hay ayuda disponible. Las personas con problemas de salud mental pueden mejorar y muchos se recuperan por completo.

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SEPTEMBER: The American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry (ASHP) Lifetime Achievement Award


The ASHP is accepting nominations for the ASHP Lifetime Achievement Award in Psychiatry and Mental Health to be presented during our annual meeting in San Francisco, California
May 20th, 2023

ASHP is committed to recognizing distinguished Hispanic/Latino professionals for their outstanding contributions to the field of Psychiatry and Mental Health. Each year ASHP honors a group of individuals for their careers, lifetime service, dedication, outstanding community projects, clinical work, and/or education; that has impacted the lives of Hispanic/Latinas with mental illness in US/Latin America/Globally.

In 2023 we are recognizing a group of physicians, clinicians and mental health professionals who have dedicated their careers to serve Women’s Mental Health (e.g., evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function including pregnancy-associated psychiatric disturbance, peripartum psychiatric illness, and peri- and post- menopausal mental health). Eligible professionals include psychiatrists dedicated to women’s mental health, Ob-Gyn, psychologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals in the field of women’s mental health. We seek to honor ASHP professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty serving Hispanic/Latinx populations.


  • Certificate
  • 3-year membership
  • Award Presentation: Presented during ASHP’s Annual Meeting
  • Video and Pictures of the Recognition on the ASHP website

Submission deadline: January 31st, 2023

Notification of acceptance to receive the Award in San Francisco: March 30th, 2023

ASHP 2023 Service Award_8-23-22

A list of eligibility requirements is included in this application. Please email the attached form and supporting materials to:
Dr. Juan Gallego:
Dr. Ruby Castilla:

Dr. Bernardo Ng:
Dr. Pamela Montano:



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”

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

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

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

Download the Board Transition Powerpoint




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



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