Multicultural Action Center
Recovery for All: December 2010
Seasons greetings! As 2010 is coming to a close, this issue of Recovery for All highlights the activities and accomplishments of the NAMI Multicultural Action Center over the past year. We wish to acknowledge the subscribers who took part in these activities and contributed to their successes, and thank all of our readers for their continued interest and support.
Articles of Interest
- "Celebrating Difference, Working Toward the Same Goals: Native American Mental Health Care"
Featured in the e-Advocate, board member Ron Morton discusses cultural competence, spirituality and a Native American view of mental illness.
- "Stigma haunts mentally ill Latinos"
(Health.com, Nov. 15, 2010) NAMI leader Martha Silva is featured in an article highlighting cultural considerations for Latinos confronted with mental illness. Silva is the director of the NAMI New Jersey En Español program and was the recipient of NAMI's 2010 Multicultural Outreach Award.
Multicultural Action Center Highlights of 2010
- Collaborative Training on Telling Your Story and Sharing Cultural Perspective
- Interest Grows in Faith Outreach and Partnership through Sharing Hope
- NAMI Hosts Meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health
- NAMI Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup
- New Tool for Putting Diversity into Action
Plans for 2011
- Health Reform FAQs from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- The Key Assistance Report Oct. 2010 issue focuses on LGBTQI Mental Health Consumers (publication of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-help Clearinghouse)
- “How Health Reform Helps Communities of Color,” a series of state-by-state fact sheets from Families USA
- Video presentations of the American Indian Alaska Native Youth Mental Health Webinar, held in honor of Native American Heritage month by First Nations Behavioral Health Association, Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health and NAMI.
- Toolkit for Assessing Cultural Competence in Peer-run Mental Health Organizations, a user-friendly guide and tool developed by the NAMI STAR Center and the UIC National Research and Training Center to help mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups assess and cultivate their cultural competency.
Announcements / upcoming events
- Suicide prevention tribal listening sessions: the joint initiative of the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of the Interior’s Indian Affairs. Four remaining sessions will take place in Sacramento, Calif. (Dec. 21), Albuquerque, N.M. (Jan.10), Portland, Ore. (Jan. 12) and Arlington, Va. (Feb. 10)
- CLAS Standards Enhancement Initiative commenting period on the current national Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care open through Dec. 31
- 11th annual Central Texas African American Family Support Conference Thursday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 11, Austin, Texas
- From Disparities Research to Disparities Interventions: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future of Behavioral Health Care conference April 6-7, 2011, Arlington, Va.