Advocacy Grounded in Social Justice: Eliminating Disparities & Building Health Equity
Utilizing a social justice lens and framework, this keynote will focus the development of disparities in the US and their impacts on racialized and marginalized groups. Participants will learn about the impacts of punitive approaches in SUDs and the need to lead with equity. A central focus of the presentation will be on the need to understand the power of advocacy and our role in advocating for strength-based and equity driven recovery processes.
Dr. Hernández is Puerto Rican, bilingual and has worked for over 34 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically intelligent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. He is a master trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, and gambling prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports. Also, Dr. Hernández has over 30 years of experience in delivering mental health services, addiction counseling, and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Haner is a person in long-term recovery from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by participating in processes the build equity. He has served as a consultant to a number of local and state health departments with a focus on disparities, building health equity, addiction treatment, and recovery supports. He also consults with and teaches a number of courses at the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown University and the National Latino and Hispanic Prevention, Treatment, and Mental Health Addiction Technology Transfer Centers funded by SAMHSA. Currently he serves on the steering committee of the national Peer Recovery Center of Excellence. Additionally, he has served a consultant to several federally-funded initiatives in the areas of behavioral workforce development, HIV/AIDS, Substance Use Disorders prevention and treatment, military service members, their families and TBI and PTSD, and pediatric asthma. Dr. Hernández serves as faculty at the New England School of Addiction Studies since 1998 and the School of Best Practices for over 10 years. Dr. Hernandez has presented at several state, national and international conferences. And, he serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Board for Voluntary Certification of Drug and Alcohol Counselors.