Instituto Familiar de la Raza

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Drs. Saucedo and Garcia drumming for healing

For many Latinos, mental health was once a taboo subject. But in the 1970’s, Dr. Concha Saucedo Martinez did her part to change that by founding the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District. Dr. Saucedo revolutionized mental health practices by providing her clients with spiritual and culturally sensitive workshops and services. More importantly, she made therapy and psychiatric care more accessible and affordable to the Latino community in San Francisco.

I really love honoring pieces, and though this initially started out to be about the organization, it quickly evolved into featuring the vision of Dr. Saucedo and it was a privilege to meet her and the current director Estela Garcia. The challenge was creating sound-rich scenes with the constraints of confidentiality required when dealing with mental health.

This segment is part of Latino USA’s year-long look at Latinos and Health.

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