President’s Page

Welcome from Ruby Castilla, President

Dear ASHP Members,
I want to thank the Board members of the ASHP for electing me to serve as your President 2020-2022. After more than 20 years of work with Hispanic/Latinx Psychiatrists and Mental Health professionals in the US and Latin American Countries, I cannot thank you enough for providing this wonderful opportunity – I do not take this position for granted!

When I think about my engagement -several years ago- with ASHP, I am truly amazed with the vast amount of opportunities I have gained. And here I must mention my colleague and friend Alvaro Camacho, whom I deeply miss and from whom I received unconditional support.

In this time of crisis generated by the coronavirus it is critical, more than ever to be organized, support research, and increase mental health education. I will work to make sure that our ASHP continues supporting and recognize clinicians and researchers of all disciplines involved in the delivery of care to our Hispanic/Latinx population in the United States and Latin American Countries.
Mental Health is the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age. So, we need to change the status of mental health in our communities and in our society. It is my goal for the ASHP to be the place where knowledge, recognition and passion can be shared, where members will find the resources and support to improve the mental health of Hispanic populations.

As I take on this new role, I also want to recognize our board members who were appointed to serve with me for the 2020-2022 term: Juan Gallego, MD, Pamela Montano, MD, Gerardo Villarreal, MD, Nancy Colimon, MD, Michelle Dickinson, MSc, Sandra Duarte, MD, Fernando Espi, MD, Fructuoso Irigoyen, MD, Daniel Jimenez, PhD, Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD, Ivan Montoya, MD, Bernardo Ng, MD, Carlos Zarate, MD and Mauricio Tohen, MD. Now more than ever it is time for our Board to stand in the forefront of the pandemic mental health consequences. We are together in this and together we can do it. I am looking forward to our fruitful cooperation!

We can help change the culture. We can insist that everyone counts. That’s how we bring real change to Hispanic Communities and globally. I want you to join me during the next 2 years to make this possible and a reality our mission of ASHP.

Ruby Castilla-Puentes