36-Puerto Rico: Resistance, Resiliency, and Ethnic Pride

Haner Hernández, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI

Dr. Hernández is Puerto Rican, bilingual and has worked for over 33 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically intelligent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs.  He is a master trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, and gambling prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports. Also, Dr. Hernández has over 30 years of experience in delivering mental health services, addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field.

Haner talks with me about Puerto Rican history, the legacies of colonization, and the current relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. Most importantly, we talk about resilience and resistance, and how Puerto Rican communities continue to survive and thrive in the face of continued oppressions within the context of being a “Territory” of the United States.



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