Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Latinos in the U.S.: Implications for Research and Clinical Practice

Omar Martinez. JD, MPH, MS

Hispanics/Latinos (henceforth: Latinos) are the fastest growing ethnic segment in the US, expected to grow 167% from 2010 to 2050, compared to 42% growth for the total U.S. population. Currently, Latinos make up 17% of the nation’s total population, with projections that this number will nearly double to 30% by 2050. With growing health disparities among this group, the highest burden remains among sexual and gender minority Latinos. This course will provide a summary of the current empirical literature on health disparities, including disparities in HIV/AIDS and mental health, among sexual and gender minority Latinos; identify research gaps and specific types of vulnerabilities faced by these communities; and present recommendations and evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority Latinos.
  2. Explain the ways in which cultural norms and expectations impact behaviors.
  3. Identify research gaps and the approaches necessary to overcome the health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority Latinos.
  4. Evaluate the public health impact of existing evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches.

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Omar Martinez is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. He completed his MPH in Health Policy and JD in Health Law at Indiana University in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He later went on to obtain an MS in Biostatistics at Columbia University in 2014. In 2015, Dr. Martinez completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science Research and HIV Prevention at Columbia University. His research interests lie in addressing health disparities affecting Latinos, especially immigrants, men who have sex with men (MSM), and male same-sex couples. His past and current research has pertained to syndemic factors and HIV risk in Latino MSM, development and implementation of HIV prevention programs, and health inequalities research.

Date:   April 28, 2017              Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30-10:30am Health Disparities
10:30-10:45am Morning Break
10:45-12:15 pm Health Disparities, continued
12:15-1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 pm Evidence-based practices
2:00-3:30 pm Recommendations

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health professionals

This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5.0 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #1339 from 3/28/2017 to 3/28/2019. Social workers will receive the following credit: Social and Cultural Competence 5. 

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at

Registration is open to staff of DMHAS-contracted agencies and self-help centers free of charge until April 14, 2017. Cancellations must be made by April 21, 2017.

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