El Futuro is thrilled to be a recipient of a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award for Capacity Building. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit research organization that seeks to empower patients and others with actionable information about their health and healthcare choices.

With PCORI’s support, El Futuro aims to build the capacity of Spanish-speaking community mental health workers, Latino parents and Latino adolescents to participate in PCOR at all levels, beginning with identification of PCOR/CER research topics related to the most impactful role for SSCMHWs to play in community mental health.

Community Health Workers (CHW) are a promising option for overcoming the mental health workforce shortage that contributes to inequitable access to effective services for the Latino community. Given the current Latino mental health crisis in which existing acculturative stressors & barriers have been exacerbated by COVID, understanding the most effective roles for CHWs to play in mental health delivery could help to overcome these shortages. More evidence is needed to inform the most impactful roles that CHWs can play in mental health prevention & treatment efforts.

With PCORI’s support, El Futuro will convene a Learning Collaborative of Latino parents, youth, and CHWs to identify barriers to participating in mental health treatment and research, identify the most appropriate and sought after interventions for delivery by CHWs, and prioritize these interventions for further patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER).

By guiding the development of evidence and interventions with community voices, these interventions will be much more targeted and effective, improving Latino mental health outcomes for the long term.

You can apply now! The application closes on October 27th.