Latino Advocates Push for Culturally Competent Mental Health Care
Nearly a third of Eagle County residents identify as Latino. Among school-aged children, that statistic is over 52%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and a 2021 report from Eagle County School District. The district’s report states that around 32% of students are learning English as their second language, more than double the state average.
Just over $250,000 of a special marijuana sales tax fund dedicated to mental health initiatives have been dedicated to Spanish-language programming in Eagle County.
These funds went to support staff for the MIRA Bus, a traveling RV that offers public health resources, as well as mental health first aid training for the local Latino community, according to data provided by Vail Health.