2021 National Latino Behavioral Health Virtual Conference:

Envisioning Latino Behavioral Health Equity in the Next Decade

September 16-17, 2021

Award Nomination Information

The Latino Behavioral Health Excellence Awards recognize individuals who, through practice, have demonstrated leadership, embraced inclusivity and diversity, and have exemplified dedication, integrity, and advocacy to create Latino behavioral health equity.  

Our goal is to highlight the contributions and positive impact professionals serving Hispanic/Latino communities are making to the future of behavioral health for our communities. The award recipients are selected from nominations received from across the United States and all territories. The nominations are reviewed by a selection committee. One recipient will be selected from each of the five-award categories:

  • Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Treatment Award  
  • Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Prevention Award  
  • Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Research Award  
  • Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Policy Award 
  • Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Recovery/Peer Support Award  

All award recipients will be honored during the Latino Behavioral Health Excellence Award to be held during the 2021 Latino Behavioral Health Virtual Conference:  Envisioning Latino Behavioral Health Equity in the Next Decade, Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 11:30 am PST (2:30 EST) within a virtual setting.

General Nomination Criteria & Selection Procedures  
  1. All nominations must be submitted here 
  2. All nomination submissions must be received by WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021 BY 11:59pm PST APPLICATION DATELINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2021 BY 11:59 PM PST
  3. Electronic Nomination submission will ask for the following:  
    1. A completed nomination application 
    2. A statement addressing all listed award criteria sections and nominee’s qualifications for the award selected.
    3. If you are nominating yourself, please provide one letter of support from a  community member. One letter of support from employer, coworker, peer or client addressing why nominee should receive this award. 
Award Descriptions and Criteria

Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Treatment Award 

Description: The Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Treatment Award recognizes  an individual whose work is focused on improving access and quality of treatment for  Hispanic/Latino communities. This work is reflected by providing treatment that is  effective, equitable, and culturally and linguistically appropriate. The recipient is  celebrated for their contribution to increasing access and delivery of appropriate  treatment for Latinos through the use of innovative strategies. Recipient should reflect  the following principles described below 

    Commitment: Recipient demonstrates commitment to serving Latino communities receiving behavioral health treatment which include, but not limited  to, Behavioral Health, substance use/abuse and co-occurring disorders. Treatment is provided with genuine regard for the wellbeing of the individuals and/or communities being served using a strengths-based-systems approach  when addressing challenges and barriers. 
    Empowerment: Recipient understands their own role in the client's life and  builds healthy boundaries to increase client self-determination. Recipient guides  and assists clients in reaching their goals by providing a safe environment  creating sustainability and cultivating client empowerment. Recipient incorporates  the use of effective strategies such as culturally appropriate practice, evidence based treatment, and evidence-based practice to help reduce behavioral health  stigma related to behavioral health. Recipient seeks to continuously empower  their clients to reach their goals and foster their growth. 

Award Criteria 
Note: Awardee will be selected based on the all criteria listed below.  

  1. Provide an overview of candidates experience in the field of treatment, related  education and training received. There are no minimum requirements for  these criteria. (100 words max) 
  2. Please provide a description ensuring candidates innovative work involving  the use of culturally and linguistically appropriate treatment for Hispanic/Latino populations including immigrants, refugees, asylees, etc. (300  words max) 
  3. Provide a description of how candidates work has contributed to the resiliency  of Hispanic/Latino communities by understanding and including their cultural  and linguistic background in an ethical way (300 words max)
  4. Provide a description of how candidates work has impacted the quality and  access to treatment in Hispanic/Latino communities (300 words max) 
  5. If you are nominating yourself, please provide a letter of support from a  community member or peer addressing the work you have done with the  Hispanic and Latino community for the award selected 
Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Prevention Award 

Description: The Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Prevention Award recognizes  an individual whose work is focuses on implementing best practice, evidence-based  prevention and promote upstream prevention. The Prevention Specialist partner with  parents, community groups, coalitions, faith-based organizations, health care  professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and educators – to reduce risk factors and  increase the protective factors and make a positive difference in their communities. A  Prevention Specialist go above and beyond, truly standing out in their dedication,  compassion, ethic, and effectiveness. Recipient should reflect the following principles  described below: 

    Capacity Building: Recipient works with Hispanic/Latino communities to  increase awareness of strengths and resources that support implementation of prevention strategies in a sustainable way. Recipient increases access to  services and funding necessary to implement prevention efforts. Prevention  efforts are focused on creating community-based change addressing not only  individuals but also systems.  
    Cultural Humility: When working with diverse Hispanic/Latino populations,  recipient seeks to gain awareness and understanding regarding a community’s  cultural norms, beliefs and attitudes without preconceptions or assumptions.  Recipient focuses on addressing the population’s specific needs in a culturally  appropriate form. Individual uses diversity as a form to build resiliency and build unity within Latino communities. 

Award Criteria 
Note: Awardee will be selected based on the all criteria listed below.  

  1. Provide an overview of candidates experience in the field of prevention,  related education and training received. There are no minimum requirements  for these criteria. (100 words max) 
  2. Please provide a description of candidate’s innovative work involving the use  of culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention strategies for Latino/minority populations including immigrants, refugees, asylees, etc. (300  words max).  
  3. Provide a description of how candidates work has contributed to the resiliency  of minority communities by understanding and including their cultural and  linguistic background in an ethical way? (300 words max).
  4. Provide a description of how candidates work has impacted the decrease of  risk factors in Hispanic/ Latino communities? (300 words max). 
  5. If you are nominating yourself, please provide a letter of support from a  community member or peer addressing the work you have done with the Hispanic and Latino community for the award selected 
Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Research Award 

Description: The Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Research Award recognizes  an individual for outstanding work in conducting ethical and inclusive research within  Hispanic/Latino communities. Research must result in increased knowledge of  behavioral health disparities, behavioral health outcomes, community needs and  strengths. Such research is conducted with an integration of ethical methodology and  data presentation, as well as inclusion of cultural and linguistic diversity. The individual  receiving this award has demonstrated innovation, dedication, collaboration, published  work, and continuous efforts to strive towards behavioral health equity. Recipient should  reflect the following principles described below:  

    Ethical Practice: Hispanic/Latino research conducted is done through ethical  practice including the use of cultural and linguistic awareness in research design,  data gathering and publication of findings. Recipient demonstrates adequate care  and concern for research participants and their privacy, consistently keeping the  philosophy of “first do no harm.” Recipient conducts research with objectivity, integrity, and with competence.  
    Social Responsibility: Research conducted by recipient must strive to promote  social good and prevent or mitigate social harms through research. Research gathered can be used to guide practice, identify disparities and create strategies  that increase behavioral health equity among Latinos. 

Award Criteria 
Note: Awardee will be selected based on the all criteria listed below.  

  1. Provide an overview of candidate’s experience in the field of research, related  education and training received. There are no minimum requirements for  these criteria. (100 words max) 
  2. Please provide a description of how a candidate ensures the research is  innovative and culturally and linguistically appropriate when studying Hispanic/Latino populations including immigrants, refugees, asylees, etc. (300 words max).  
  3. Provide a description of how candidates research has contributed to the increased knowledge of behavioral health disparities, behavioral health outcomes, community needs and strengths? (300 words max). 
  4. Provide a description of how candidates incorporates ethical practice and social responsibility to its research? (300 words max).
  5. If you are nominating yourself, please provide a letter of support from a  community member or peer addressing the work you have done with the Hispanic and Latino community for the award selected 
Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Policy Award 

Description: The Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Policy Award is intended to  recognize an individual that has led extraordinary efforts to influence national behavioral  health policy, seeking to eliminate disparities in funding and access to services, and  improve the quality of services and treatment outcomes for Hispanic/Latino populations.  Efforts include legislative or regulatory advocacy and public policy efforts at the local,  state, and federal level. The recipient is celebrated for their work toward advancing  Hispanic/Latino behavioral health equity. Recipient should reflect the following principles  described below:  

    Advocacy: Recipient understands the policy barriers for equity in Latino/  Hispanic community and actively promotes policies that aid in just and equal  resources for behavioral health treatment. Advocate must be conscious of  recommended and needed policy that meet the needs of Hispanic/Latinos and  have a clear vision for desired outcomes. Recipient advocacy efforts focus on  increasing behavioral health equity for Hispanic/Latino communities.  
    Cultivation: Recipient works to represent Hispanic/Latino communities and  demonstrates leadership by fostering future advocates and empowering those  around them to advocate for themselves. Recipient strives for cultural equity by  understanding the impact of different treatments, prevention, policy work and  improving the field for Hispanic/Latino providers and Latino Serving Providers with the goal to create advancement of Hispanic/Latino communities. 

Award Criteria 
Note: Awardee will be selected based on the all criteria listed below.  

  1. Provide an overview of candidate’s experience in policy, related education  and training received. There are no minimum requirements for these criteria. (100 words max). 
  2. Please provide a description of candidate’s advocacy efforts to influence  policy affecting behavioral health access, funding and outcomes for Hispanic/Latino populations including immigrants, refugees, asylees, etc. (300 words max).  
  3. Provide a description of how candidates advocacy efforts have contributed to  decreased behavioral health disparities among  Hispanic/Latinos? (300 words max). 
  4. Provide a description of candidate’s leadership in fostering empowerment within others to advocate for themselves and their communities? (300 words max).
  5. If you are nominating yourself, please provide a letter of support from a community member or peer addressing the work you have done with the Hispanic and Latino community for the award selected 
Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Recovery/Peer Support Award

Description: The Latino Behavioral Health Excellence in Recovery/Peer Support Award is intended to recognize an individual for demonstrating outstanding work in recovery  and peer support. The recipient has demonstrated a firm understanding of core  competencies including recovery-oriented, person-centered, voluntary, relationship focus and trauma-informed practice. Recipient exemplifies compassion, respect,  collaboration, empowerment, and mentorship for those they serve. The recipient is  celebrated for their Recovery/Peer Support work in different settings such as  healthcare, nonprofits or recovery-oriented work with a focus on culturally and  linguistically appropriate service. Awardee will exemplify the following: 

    Empathy: Recipient demonstrates empathy towards those they serve, by  actively listening, and engaging in appropriate self-disclosure. recipient is  conscious of cultural and linguistic differences and seeks to embrace cultural  humility. Recipient is able to build trusting relationships with clients, create a safe  space, provide hope and unconditional positive regard. 
    Mentorship: Recipient uses their experience, knowledge and strengths to guide  others through recovery from substance use disorders and/or mental health  conditions focusing on identifying their strengths and encouraging self determination. Recipient advocates for people in recovery, shares resources,  focuses on building skills, and educates the public and policymakers regarding  recovery and the vital roles and meaningful contributions made by those with lived experience. 

Award Criteria 
Note: Awardee will be selected based on the all criteria listed below. 

  1. Provide an overview of candidate’s experience in recovery/peer support, related  education and training received. There are no minimum requirements for these criteria (100 words max). 
  2. Please provide a description of candidates work with Hispanic/Latino populations  including immigrants, refugees, asylees, etc. in the field of recovery (300 words  max).  
  3. Provide a description of how the candidates work has impacted recovery for the  Hispanic/Latino communities and individuals that you serve? (300 words max). 
  4. Provide a description of how the candidates embody core competencies such as  recovery-oriented, person-centered, voluntary, relationship-focus and trauma informed practice? (300 words max). Competency Descriptions can be found at: https://www.samhsa.gov/brss-tacs/recovery-support-tools/peers/core-competencies-peer-workers  
  5. If you are nominating yourself, please provide a letter of support from a  community member or peer addressing the work you have done with the  Hispanic and Latino community for the award selected