The mission of the Chicano/Latino/Indígena Health Equity Coalition (CLI) is to be a representative advocacy body that works to ensure the health needs of our community are addressed. Through our leadership, advocacy, and policy promotion efforts, the CLI expects to reduce health disparities impacting our community, identify and alleviate barriers to healthcare, promote the collection of relevant health, demographic, and environmental data impacting the diverse Chicano/Latino/Indígena community, and ensure appropriate policies and resources are in place to effectively meet these goals.
The following community organizations are members of the CLI:
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
In recent years, the CLI obtained a grant from Kaiser Permanente to address Mental Health Stigma in the Latinx community. Understanding that the Latinx community is diverse, the CLI identified five distinct subpopulations: Latinx youth, pregnant Latinas, immigrant men, LGBGTQ Latino men, and the Indigena. The CLI prepared a survey and conducted focus groups to identify the factors that encourage/discourage individuals from seeking mental health support. The findings from this work can be accessed below under CLI resources. In addition, the CLI interviewed one member from some of the above subpopulations. The video production was provided by Horizons Unlimited member, Chris Cuadrado. The video below is from one of the interviews:
Mental Health Stigma in the Latino Community
The CLI is currently working to develop The Espina Project, a three-year initiative that seeks to reduce health disparities in the San Francisco Latinx community by identifying barriers (espinas) within local healthcare institutions that impede access, support or health treatment for Latinxs based on how they perceive, receive, and experience healthcare.