Oregon’s Latinx population has grown significantly in the past 15 years, and has limited access to linguistically and culturally competent mental health care. If lucky enough to get care at all, it is likely to be inadequate: studies show people are better able to remember and recount trauma in their native language with someone who understands the cultural context.
NCC’s Levantar Program provides culturally competent mental health care to native Spanish speakers in the Portland area. Levantar, meaning to stand or to rise up in Spanish, is critical for those without insurance or money, or who have immigration or legal barriers to care.
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