News & Announcements
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May
Posted: May 10, 2017
During May, we honor the heritage of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians and celebrate their many contributions to our nation. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1992. But the origins of this commemoration began with Asian-Pacific Heritage Week in 1977.
According to the U.S. Census, there are 18.5 million Americans who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander and/or Native Hawaiian. They represent many diverse cultures, languages and customs that are unique to each community.
Asian Americans have a high prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, smoking, tuberculosis and liver disease. Some health conditions and risk factors that are prevalent among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
National Hispanic Council on Aging Call for Participants for the Hispanic Caregivers Survey
Posted: May 09, 2017
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) has issued a call for participants for the Hispanic Caregivers Survey. Hispanic/Latino caregivers are invited to share their insights and recommendations. Results will be presented at the national level, through NHCOA's annual State of Hispanic Older Adults and their Caregivers.
New Grant to Support Research on Mental Health Needs of Pacific Islanders
Posted: May 08, 2017
Pacific Islanders are persons who trace their roots to the native peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. Although they make up the third fastest growing racial group in the U.S., their mental health needs and attitudes regarding mental illness are poorly understood. One reason for this is that discussing mental health problems with others is largely taboo in their cultures. Also, stigma, language barriers, and lack of information about available resources and services complicate Pacific Islanders' access to mental health services.
To address this clinical gap, Andrew Subica, Ph.D., an assistant professor of social medicine and population health in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct one of the first studies of mental health and mental illness among Pacific Islanders. The two-year $452,000 grant is titled, "Engaging Pacific Islander Perspectives on Mental Illness and Mental Health Service Engagement."
"The goal of the study is to capture the perspectives of community-dwelling Pacific Islanders in two large Pacific Islander communities--Samoans in Los Angeles and the Marshallese in Arkansas--in order to develop the first culturally attuned manualized intervention to promote Pacific Islander engagement in mental health services," said Subica, the grant's principal investigator and a member of UCR's Center for Healthy Communities.
Read more on News-Medical.Net.
Recording Available! Community-Driven Service to Science Efforts Virtual Roundtable
Posted: May 05, 2017
The Community-Driven Service to Science Efforts Virtual Roundtable highlighted collaborative approaches that have been used by practitioners/program developers, researchers/evaluators, and members of the community directly involved in the evaluation process to elevate the science for culturally-based practices. Watch the roundtable recording.
The purpose of the Roundtable was to:
Target Audience: Are you interested in building the science to address behavioral health disparities and equity? Are you a researcher, academician, community member, program developer? Please watch the recording of our Virtual Roundtable to listen, learn, and contribute.
Social Media: If you would like to share your experience, or have questions you would like addressed on the Virtual Roundtable, please post on twitter using #Service2Science.
Program Descriptions and Panelists
Asian American Family Enhancement Network Bicultural Parenting Education Program: The “Asian American Family Enhancement Network Bicultural Parenting Education Program (AAFEN B-PEP)” is a linguistically and culturally competent parenting education program for Chinese and Korean immigrant parents. The curriculum of this skill-based, interactive and manualized program is designed to enhance the bicultural parenting competency, as well as increase the positive communication and interaction, of the Chinese and Korean immigrant families with intermediate and high school-age children at risk for substance use and other delinquent behaviors. Learn more about this program.
Bienvenido: The Bienvenido curriculum is a strengths-based educational curriculum to enhance awareness of mental health, clarify a participant’s personal goals for an enhanced quality of life, and develop skills to reduce risk for emotional and behavioral risks associated with mental distress. The Bienvenido curriculum is appropriate for use in various community settings, including behavioral service settings, schools, and outpatient mental health centers. In particular, Bienvenido seeks to reduce reliance on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for individuals at risk for abuse and dependence due to stresses associated with immigrant traumas and ongoing marginalized community social status. Each module provides information about topics related to development and sustenance of mental health and enhanced quality of life. Modules are ordered to first introduce participants to potentially new knowledge about mental health, clarify their understanding of risk and protective factors associated with mental health and quality of life, and develop skills to enhance effective social functioning and community integration. Participants are encouraged to describe their immigration experience, and group discussion provides acknowledgement and support. Acculturative stresses and local values of cultural diversity are topics that provide examples of on-going risks for emotional distress, and potentially adverse behavioral consequences. Application to daily functioning is addressed by modules on anger management and effective communication. Clients are encouraged to seek mental health as a family goal. Learn more about this program.
Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) Curriculum: The GONA curriculum is intended to provide culturally specific substance abuse prevention training in Native American communities. Community healing from historical and cultural trauma is a central theme of the GONA approach. This includes an understanding and healing of self, family, and community. The curriculum recognizes the importance Native American values, traditions, and spirituality play in healing from the effects of historical trauma and substance abuse. The four themes of the curriculum reflect the four levels of life’s teachings. They are: (1) Belonging: a time when infants and children learn who they are, where they belong, and a sense of protection; (2) Mastery: a time when adolescents and young adults learn to understand their gifts, their vision, where they come from, and how to master their talents; (3) Interdependence: a time for adulthood, responsibility to others and an understanding of interconnectedness with all things; and (4) Generosity: a time when, as elders, families and communities can give back through sharing of wisdom, teachings, culture, rituals, stories, and song. Learn more about this program.
Smart & Secure Children Parent Leadership Program: The Quality Parenting Leadership Program currently employs the Smart and Secure Children (SSC) curriculum. SSC is a product of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute’s (SHLI) Neighborhood Healthy Child Development project and was designed in collaboration with parents through a community-based participatory research study. The overall aim is to increase quality parenting as a means to strengthen vulnerable families raising children who may have been exposed to negative childhood experiences. Research has shown that quality parenting may mitigate up to 50% of the negative impact of poverty on children’s development. To date, over 250 parents have completed quality parenting trainings in Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Missouri. Learn more about this program.
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Via Hope: Peer Support Improves Community Re-Entry
Posted: May 05, 2017
Following Texas’ 84th legislative session and the implementation of Rider 73, Via Hope set out to develop a curriculum to train Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Coaches. With support from a grant provided by the Hogg Foundation, this Community Re-Entry Pilot Project provides peer support to help people get support and access much-needed services.
Since 2016, Via Hope has trained nearly two dozen peers to serve specifically in the criminal justice system. The class helps people develop and strengthen peer support skills, and adapt those skills for the jail setting. While the vast majority of these peers have been incarcerated themselves, the training also provides in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Following Via Hope’s training, peer specialists are assigned to inmates before they’re released to help them access services from local mental health facilities and community programs. Peer specialists are essential to help people with mental health conditions navigate this tenuous time. Once certified, they work in jails, forensic psychiatric hospitals, and other settings throughout Texas.
The value of peer support has been well established in a variety of settings. For those re-entering the community following jail time, these specialized peers—people with lived experience in both behavioral health and incarceration—can pick up the individual as he or she is released, get them into supportive services more quickly, provide a supportive environment and increase accountability. A report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities makes the case for putting state funding toward programs in county jails to pair incarcerated persons who have mental illness with someone who’s gone through a recovery process. This idea has attracted support from around the country and throughout Texas.
Beyond the benefits to the individual in terms of access to care and personal support, peer support can help lower recidivism, decrease crime and drug abuse, and even ease stresses on prison staff. Read more
Read more on UTexas.edu.