Volume 4, Issue 1
Note from the Editor, by Ian A. Mendez, Ph.D.
I am proud to present to you the next edition of El Faro: La Voz de la Red. This issue of El Faro will serve to supplement to the recently held 2011 Annual Conference of the NHSN, titled “Pathways Toward Health Equities in Hispanic Populations”. The successful conference was held in Miami, Florida, August 24th through the 27th. This year’s conference had over 145 members attending, including over 20 graduate student members and 13 international members.
In this issue, we will present a number of articles that discuss the treatment of addiction and equalizing health opportunities for Hispanics. Some articles are written by members that presented at the recent conference, allowing them to elaborate on their ideas, while other articles are written by NHSN members that did not present at the conference, giving them the opportunity to present their thoughts on the topic. The featured article in this issue is written by Dr. Richard de la Garza. Here, Dr. de la Garza explains what is involved in testing potential drug treatment medications and brings forth some of the limitations of this important process. Also included in this issue is an International Front article by Antonio Jesús Molina Fernández. In this article, an international member of the NHSN discusses his experiences on the road to becoming a Clinical Psychologist and shares some of his wisdom on the current status of drug treatment and research. Also in this issue is an article by Maria Soloria, one of the presenters of the Early Career Investigator Panel at this year’s conference. Dr. Solorio discusses some of her educational experiences and provides some updates on her recent research project investigating the effectiveness of mass media HIV prevention messages for Latino youths. Finally, as usual, you will also find a number of the regularly included pieces, such as our Members in the Spotlight and Letters of the Day sections.
I would like to thank all of the people that contributed articles and resources used in this issue, as well as the 2011 Conference Planning Committee for putting together such a wonderful annual conference. I would also like to note that this is my final issue as Editor of the NHSN, and would like to extend a special thank you to all of the people who gave me the opportunity to serve in this very special role, as well as those who assisted me throughout the process. Please join me in welcoming our new Editor of El Faro, Oscar Torres. Oscar has been very successful as a scholar, writer, and researcher of drug abuse and was an excellent candidate for the position of Editor. I look forward to reading what I am sure will be another excellent year of El Faro.
Thank you again and best wishes to all,Ian A. Mendez