November 4, 2014, marked the tenth anniversary of the passing of Josie Romero, first President of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA). One of Josie's greatest dreams was to see NLBHA established and flourishing. A major player in the formation of NLBHA, Josie’s work and involvement was crucial to the progress NLBHA has made since it was established in 2000. NLBHA celebrated its fourteenth anniversary on September 20, 2014.
Though Josie's contributions to NLBHA were numerous, one of her favorite projects was the Mental Health Interpreter Training (MHIT). She had spent years providing culturally and linguistically competent mental health services to underserved populations, where she saw firsthand the disparities in quality of care due to the lack of a culturally and linguistically competent workforce. With the support and input from a national group of experts, Josie and a colleague, Dr. Evelyn Lee (NAAPIMHA), authored a training curriculum that would shape and develop the skills and competencies appropriate for agency staff interpreters and service providers working with culturally diverse populations. The project was nearing completion when both leaders died within two years of each other. The MHIT was subsequently completed by NLBHA and NAAPIMHA and training events are currently being delivered in mental health agencies around the country.
Josie had enormous dedication and love for our Latino community and through her work, helped improve the services of the country's mental health, social service and child welfare. She has been praised as one of the early pioneers of social work education in San Jose and as a staunch supporter and advocate for preparing culturally competent social work students to work effectively in communities of color.
Your support and contributions to the Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship Fund will help us continue to pay tribute to Josie Romero's legacy of "growing our own" by providing academic scholarships to Latino students who are preparing to work in the field of mental health. Please make a tax deductible contribution in honor of the work of Josie Romero to help young Latinos and Latinas pursue, earn and complete college degrees in behavioral health.
Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, NLBHA welcomed Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns in their first ever appearance in Santa Fe. Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns are the premier band in Las Vegas, Nevada, performing every Monday night at the Palms Casino and Resort. This is their first performance in Santa Fe which is also their namesake. For more than 30 years, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns has been one of Las Vegas’ Crown Jewels, never giving less than 100% to their audiences. This band is the “farm club” for many headline acts, shows, and bands that includes all the top musicians in Las Vegas. The band features a 6-piece horn section, and a 6-piece rhythm section and five lead singers. If you are a fan of jazz, latin music, funk, rthymn and blues along with rock n roll, this was a show you will never forget. Those that came out to see the band were treated to SFTFCH's band leader and founder, from Santa Fe and the 2015 Platinum Achievement Award winner, Jerry Lopez. His legendary status in the entertainment capital of the world is on display in his hometown, Santa Fe. Proceeds benefited the Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship Fund for eligible college students. Enjoy these pictures of the evening's events.
Jerry Lopez and Friends
On Friday, September 25, 2015, NLBHA welcomed Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns in their first ever appearance in Santa Fe. Jerry Lopez and Friends returns to Santa Fe for another great show featuring the 2015 Platinum Achievement Award winner. This year's show will included guest artists Johnny Hernandez, Carlos Reyes, Big Al Anderson, Ricky Valenz, Jenny Sotolongo, and Lenny Lopez, and if you enjoy New Mexico, Latino and Chicano music, you didn't want to miss it. Proceeds benefited the Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship Fund for eligible college students. Enjoy these pictures of the evening's events.