Addressing barriers to care:
El Futuro’s staff and volunteers conduct community outreach to help educate and reduce the paralyzing stigma of mental health and addiction illness. Since Latino immigrants traditionally rely on family, social networks, and non-traditional informal services we look for ways to interact with them in those settings. Much of our outreach happens through schools, other Latino community service organizations, churches and primary care clinics. We also attend health fairs and community fairs and festivals. Often you can hear El Futuro on Spanish-language radio and television stations or read articles in Spanish language newspapers. All of these forums and media help promote education, awareness and reduce stigma.