Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center (MFPCC)
The purpose of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Coordinating Center is to support the MFP program, enhance the careers of the MFP Fellows, and document MFP program impacts. For additional information about the MFP, click here.

Kristina Valdez

Ms. Kristina Valdez is a master’s student in the social work program at Marywood University. She is a traditional Master’s-level Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Youth fellow with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). ...Read more



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Utilizing Telebehavioral Health for Opioid Addiction Interventions Webinar
The presentation, including slides, transcript, and sound recording for the MFPCC Webinar, "Minority Fellowship Program Webinar:Utilizing Telebehavioral Health for Opioid Addiction Interventions," which occurred March 25, 2020, are now available for download......Read more
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Identifying, Treating, and Accepting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health disorder that some may develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or traumatic event, for example, combat, natural disaster, car accident, or sexual assault/ physical abuse. According to a 2019 study, Gender Differences in Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events and Diagnosis of PTSD by Racial and Ethnic Group, the lifetime prevalence rates of PTSD was greater for women than men among whites (9.5% v. 3.6%), Latinos (5.3% v 3.2%), and African Americans (12.3% v. 5.1%) [1]External Web Site Policy. In another 2019 study, Race-Related Traumatic Events Online and Mental Health Among Adolescents of Color, Latinx participants reported increased depressive symptoms when exposed to Traumatic Events Online (TEO) [2]External Web Site Policy. This study also indicated that more frequent experiences of Traumatic events online (TEO) were associated with higher levels of PTSD and depressive symptoms [2]External Web Site Policy. When examining exposure to trauma or a potentially traumatic event, all minority groups are less likely to seek treatment for PTSD and related symptoms when compared to whites. Furthermore, individuals who have co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders have poorer treatment outcomes, additional psychiatric problems, and greater functional problems across multiple domains, including medical, legal, financial, and social, compared to those with just one disorder.


Source: Identifying, Treating, and Accepting Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderExternal Web Site Policy

*** June is PTSD Awareness Month! To learn how you can help with outreach and education and raise awareness about the PTSD treatment options, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD: National Center for PTSD web pageExternal Web Site Policy

[1] Valentine, S. E., Marques, L., Wang, Y., Ahles, E. M., Dixon De Silva, L., & Alegría, M. (2019). Gender differences in exposure to potentially traumatic events and diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by racial and ethnic group. General hospital psychiatry, 61, 60–68. Web Site Policy

*[2] Tynes, B. M., Willis, H. A., Stewart, A. M., & Hamilton, M. W. (2019). Race-Related Traumatic Events Online and Mental Health Among Adolescents of Color. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(3), 371–377. Web Site Policy web page.