April 26, 2016 – Dr. Luke Smith | Training Behavioral Health Providers to Care for Vulnerable Populations

Date(s) - 04/26/2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DeFriese Conference Room (Room 150) - Sheps Center


Dr. Luke Smith will give a seminar on “Training Behavioral Health Providers to Care for Vulnerable Populations” on Tuesday, April 26, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the DeFriese Conference Room.

Dr. Smith is the executive director of El Futuro, a not-for-profit behavioral health agency offering outpatient services to the Latino population in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. As a practicing Spanish-bilingual psychiatrist boarded in Child/Adolescent and General Psychiatry, he has been serving and providing behavioral healthcare to this population for 14 years. He has created a sought after inter-professional training program that provides comprehensive training for emerging health care professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, psychology and divinity whose goals are to strengthen the community by providing bilingual and culturally sensitive behavioral health treatment for underserved Latino individuals and their families. El Futuro maintains a careful focus on patient engagement and has participated in four successful multi-year community based research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI). To read more about El Futuro please visit their website.

Dr. Smith and some of his previous trainees (Jacob Fiegal, MD, Jessica Waters, MD, and Christina Kim, MD) will describe El Futuro’s innovative approaches to training professionals in an inter-professional setting to serve and provide treatment to a vulnerable and sometimes hard to reach population.


Please RSVP by emailing Erica Richman at elr@email.unc.edu.