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New Bill Targets Asian-American, Pacific Islander Mental Health Stigma

Posted: June 23, 2017

A bill to reduce mental health stigma in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced the Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act on the week coinciding with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. The bill would would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to work with advocacy and health organizations serving AAPI communities to implement outreach and education strategies about behavioral and mental health.

Mental health issues among AAPIs vary across subgroups, but research has shown that Southeast Asian refugees, including Cambodian and Vietnamese Americans who fled war-torn countries, consistently experience high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder. Suicide and depression are also mental health concerns in the AAPI community. Compared to whites, Asian-American college students experience a higher rate of suicidal thoughts, according to the Asian American Psychological Association.

The mental health bill Chu introduced would provide interventions and treatments that are culturally and linguistically sensitive to AAPI subgroups, she said. “Through messaging and outreach that reflect the unique cultural and language needs of our community, we can save lives and get individuals the help they deserve,” Chu said in a statement.


Call for Abstracts for the 1st Inaugural National Native Health Research Training Conference

Posted: June 22, 2017

The Conference Committee welcomes abstracts addressing topics related to the conference theme -- Healing Ourselves: Cultural- and Traditional Medicine-based Approaches to Sustainable Health, and focusing on AI/AN research-related activity consistent with the five described tracks. The organizers invite abstracts from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, and are interested in a diversity of (inter-)national, regional, and local perspectives. Submissions by researchers, health care practitioners, health systems experts, and doctoral students engaged in research are welcome. Researchers from all organizational and institutional types (health service providers, governmental agencies, Tribal Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education) are encouraged to submit abstracts. They particularly welcome new scholars and members of AI/AN Tribes and other Indigenous populations interested in creating and engaging with a community of scholars through participation in the annual National Native Health Research Training (NNHRT) conference. 


BHbusiness Plus: Free Online Courses for Behavioral Health Organizations and Providers

Posted: June 21, 2017

How can you improve and expand your business practices and thrive in the health care marketplace? Take an online BHbusiness course at no cost.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers 14 self-paced, online business courses to behavioral health organizations and providers through BHbusiness. These courses are available at no cost. You can learn at your own pace while earning continuing education credits.

The 14 self-paced, online courses offered include two new courses:

  • Value-based Purchasing: This course will help you define the core elements of value and the expected outcomes, advantages and challenges of value-based payment models, explain types of value-based payments and benchmarks of practice readiness in value-based payment models, and more.
  • Bundled Payments: This course will help you demonstrate basic knowledge of terms and concepts related to bundled payment financing models, understand the impact of bundled payments on your clinical and business processes, and more.

All courses are available at no cost. You can also earn continuing education credits from the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) for completing any of the self-paced courses.

To register and for more information on all self-paced, online courses and other educational resources, visit

If you have questions about these courses please contact

America’s New Tobacco Crisis: The Rich Stopped Smoking, The Poor Didn’t

Posted: June 20, 2017

Smoking is on the decline in the United States. In the 1960s, about 42 percent of American adults smoked; in 2015, the percentage had decreased significantly to about 15 percent were smokers. The reduction has saved millions of lives and led to a massive reduction in smoking-related cancer.

Public health campaigns emphasized education, highlighting the dangers of smoking to your lungs and the risks of developing cancers. The effects of secondhand smoke on others compelled smoking bans in restaurants, bars and public settings. Among high-income families, smoking use plummeted 62 percent in three and a half decades as campaigns and education efforts skyrocketed. In comparison, among low income families, there was only a 9 percent decrease. While the educated and wealthier Americans have left smoking behind for the most part, the poor and uneducated are still smoking. 


Story Series about the Life Experiences of Black Gay/Bi/Same-Gender-Loving/NGC and Trans Men

Posted: June 19, 2017

To highlight life experiences of Black gay/same gender loving/bi-sexual/self-identified trans men, the Black AIDS Institute has launched an Instagram storytelling series "In The Life." Featured daily through 30 Days of HIV, these stories aim to defy the stereotypes surrounding men of color and highlight their lives in their own words.

Participant Criteria

  • 18 years and older
  • Black
  • Male/Trans Male/Male Identified
  • Gay/same gender loving, bisexual
  • Open to staff and volunteers of community-based organizations, federal/state government, other organizations serving Black communities
  • Living in the United States
  • Consent to have image and story, or video, shared on the Black AIDS Institute's digital platforms, primarily, though not limited to, Instagram
  • Not required to be HIV+ or disclose your HIV status

Submit your story between May 27-June 27, 2017. 

Learn more about the guidelines for submission on Follow Black AIDS on Instagram.

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