Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 79–91 | Cite as

Effective Prevention Strategies for Increasing Health Services Utilization Among Hispanic Youth

  • Ashley L. Merianos
  • Rebecca A. Vidourek
  • Keith A. King
Original Paper


The study purpose is to address the underutilization of mental health services among Hispanic youth. This article provides professionals with strategies to increase health services utilization by utilizing a framework of the levels of prevention model, with an emphasis on primary prevention. The following questions were explored: (1) What are primary prevention strategies that can assist school professionals? (2) What are secondary prevention strategies and tertiary prevention strategies school professionals can employ to increase the utilization of health services? Implementing primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies may improve Hispanic youth’s overall mental health, academic achievement, and quality of life.


Hispanic youth Mental health Minority health Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashley L. Merianos
    • 1
  • Rebecca A. Vidourek
    • 1
  • Keith A. King
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Promotion and Education ProgramUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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