Join the Yale Latino Networking Group for a discussion with Natasha Rivera-LaButhie about what emotional poverty is all about, its connection to mental health, and how we can help to eradicate it. Natasha will also share her personal connection to emotional poverty.
What is Emotional Poverty?
Emotional poverty is a state that a person finds themselves in when they lack the ability to deal with specific circumstances or life in general without a total melt down. Everyone struggles to deal with difficulty, but some cannot emotionally deal with difficult circumstances. They turn to escapes such as drugs and partying, or they may just shut down altogether. When a person finds themselves in a difficult time, but not being able to mourn and still live life, they may very well be dealing with emotional poverty. (Source)
Natasha Rivera-LaButhie is a bilingual community health advocate. She carries a passion for leadership, which she defines as “sharing a common problem amongst a group of your peers and refusing to allow it to continue by offering solutions to solve the issue and becoming a voice for those who suffer the same disparity in silence.” Natasha has honed her helping skills as a mother and professionally as a Patient Care Associate and as a Cosmetologist. She is expanding her focus on community health and business. Natasha feels that it is important to have a connection to the places that often unknowingly create the disparities in their hiring practices and wants to be able to bring her experiences into the business world to create better opportunities for others. She is a fellow graduate of CT Health Foundation Health Leadership Fellows Program class of 2013. Natasha is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Albertus Magnus College. Her experiences have directed her down a path of wanting to improve health equity for her current community and future generations. Natasha’s position as a health care advocate serves as a platform to be a voice for New Haven families.