Achieving Whole Health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders | 2015
Policymakers and researchers are discovering what Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities have always known--that you cannot separate the mind, body and spirit. Data now shows a direct correlation between depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress disorders, cancer and other health problems and that failure to address underlying mental health conditions can have adverse effects on a person’s overall health. Studies have found that individuals with serious mental health conditions die 25 years earlier than the general population.
The training track Achieving Whole Health: Balancing Body, Mind and Spirit for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AWH) recognizes the important relationship between mental health and physical health, and seeks to train AANHPIs to become Wellness Coaches who can fill an important gap in services. Wellness Coaches work with community members, who are often isolated due to cultural and language barriers, to help them take an active role in improving their health by reducing stress, improving diet and exercise, learning important self-care skills, and building personal resiliency by addressing not only physical needs, but also the needs of one’s mind and spirit. The Whole Health sessions can be delivered by Wellness Coaches through group sessions and one-on-one peer support that help individuals prioritize and focus on achieving their health goals.
Training mental health consumers, along with professionals and bilingual paraprofessionals, adds an additional depth to the treatment team by engaging individuals who can draw upon their lived experience to help others recognize their symptoms before they reach a crisis, role model strength-based approaches and most importantly, know that recovery is possible.
Who can participate?
Organizations may propose a team of three to five members. Strong preference will be given to AANHPI-serving organizations that can provide an organizational leader (manager or supervisor), as well as consumer peer advocate(s), bilingual paraprofessionals, and/or bilingual clinicians working on integrated care teams.
Questions to consider before applying for Achieving Whole Health
What is required of participants?
Recognizing that it takes more than a 2-day training to implement new practices or programs, SAMHSA requests that participating NNED Partner teams commit to the full NNEDLearn 2015 training model which includes: Prepare; Learn; Implement; and Sustain. Read more about NNEDLearn 2015. Objectives and expectations for each NNEDLearn stage for AWH are as follows:
The first stage of NNEDLearn involves preparing the NNED Partner team for the Learn stage (on-site training), and requires that team members:
From April 12-15, teams will attend a 2½ day training at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. Participants will learn:
After the Learn stage (on-site training), all AWH teams join together in a “community of practice” that receives ongoing coaching to help support uptake of the practice. Team members will:
NNED Partner teams are expected to pursue efforts to sustain the practice and to demonstrate outcome and impact as appropriate. Teams will have the opportunity to:
DJ Ida, PhD, Executive Director, National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
Information for all webinars is posted on the Discussion Forum under the "Meeting and Logistics" thread.