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annual lucero memorial 5k run/walk

Recordando y celebrando la misión y compromiso de nuestra destacada colega Dra. Cynthia Lucero. Remembering and celebrating the mission and commitment of our remarkable colleague Dr. Cynthia Lucero.

The 5K Lucero Run/Walk was created to memorialize Dr. Cynthia Lucero, a much-loved community-oriented MSPP graduate from Ecuador who completed her doctoral degree days before the start of the 2002 Boston Marathon, during which she collapsed and died. The Lucero Latino Mental Health Program, created in her name trains our graduate-level psychology students to provide culturally-sensitive mental health care to the Latino population. Research finds that Latinos in the U.S. have an understandable preference to address highly personal emotional and psychological issues in Spanish. When Latinos meet with linguistically and culturally sensitive practitioners, attendance improves and the treatment has greater success. At present, there is a tremendous shortage of mental health professionals who are able to provide fully culturally-competent care for 15.8% of our population. Your involvement in the Annual Lucero Run/Walk helps us expand the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program by offering more financial aid to students and raising critical funds for LMHP students to participate in our intensive, community-based summer service programs in Costa Rica and Ecuador.

The September 14th 2014 Lucero Run/Walk took place at the Newton MA City Hall. Attended by a very enthusiastic group of runners, walkers, and cheerleaders. Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar, Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program addressed all participants with her characteristic welcoming salutations, reminding us of Cynthia Lucero's legacy to the community at large.  She said: "This event helps us support the training of graduate students to provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services to typically underserved populations such as Latinos.   It supports our efforts to actively engage in reducing health disparities."

Cynthia Lucero's parents who travelled from Guayaquil Ecuador were also present at the event. Doña Marta Lucero is quoted "So happy that the mission, the passion, the commitment, the hard work of our daughter continues to live in these students who are serving such needed communities…"

Cynthia's running coach Rick Muhr cites how Cynthia helped countless people during her short life and that her legacy lives on through the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) and the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Foundation for Organ Donation in Ecuador, as well as the people who received her organs.

"We are honored here at MSPP to have been graced with Cynthia's intelligence and spirit, and we know that she would have been proud of the LMHP program that we have built," said Dr. Nicholas Covino, President of MSPP. "On the 13th anniversary of this run, we are more committed than ever to ensuring the Latino population receives culturally competent mental healthcare."

For a list of race results click here.

For gifts to Lucero Program, please donate online or call Molly Brown at MSPP at 617-327-6777 x1231.

Updated 11/10/14

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