Dr. Hernández is originally from Puerto Rico and has lived in the United States since 1968. He is bilingual and has worked for over 20 years in the human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare programs. Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professional in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide addiction and recovery services to the Latino population. Haner is a person in long-term recovery from addiction, and for the past 20 years has been committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels.
Dr. Hernández has served a consultant to several federally-funded initiatives in the areas of behavioral workforce development, HIV/AIDS, addiction prevention and treatment, PTSD and veterans, and pediatric asthma. Dr. Hernández serves as faculty at the New England School of Addiction Studies since 1998, has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses, and has presented at several national and state conferences. Dr. Hernández serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Board for Voluntary Certification of Drug and Alcohol Counselors and was appointed to the Springfield Public Health Council in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield College and a Master of Education with concentrations in Counseling Psychology and Addiction Studies from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. His doctoral degree was earned at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His major was Community Health Education and his minor was Social Justice Education. In addition, Mr. Hernandez holds an advance Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling at the reciprocal level and is licensed in Massachusetts.