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This is NAMI's Multicultural Action Center News Update News Update. Click here for more information, to access the archives and find out how to subscribe.

March 2013

Get Set! National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 is Just around the Corner

To help you prepare and celebrate, NAMI and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) are coming together again this year to provide great national webinar series for interested individuals and organizations big and small. Please register, mark your calendar with the following dates and watch for updates to come:Hands together

  • History and Highlights: Learn about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - register now 
    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

    Learn about how Bebe Moore Campbell, loving mother, NAMI member and respected author, inspired this special month to increase public awareness of mental health among minority communities and increase access to services and support. Now what can you do? The session will provide an overview of available resources to help you plan your own event and celebrate the month.
  • Are You Ready? Planning and Preparing for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - register now 
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

    Already have an idea or plan for July? Share it! You may find some new ideas too. This webinar will provide customizable resources and concrete examples of activities from previous years. Whether you plan to recognize this month personally or with a group, this webinar will equip you with the tools and suggestions for a successful endeavor.
  • Our Strength and Support: Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - register now
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

    A panel of inspiring presenters will share their perspectives on mental health in minority communities, emphasizing the strengths of our cultural communities to come together to find support and carry a banner of hope for all individuals touched by mental illness.

Get started now: Post your plans to celebrate the month on the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Facebook page. Tweet using the hashtag #MinorityMentalHealth. Check out what others have done in History and Highlights and watch for updates to Tools and Resources on the NAMI website.


Entry on mental illness is added to AP Stylebook (AP, March 7) Self proclaimed "journalist's Bible" features new rules for mental illness, considered by NAMI a "seismic shift in the terrain of popular culture" and a big win for the mental health community.


  • Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities (APIAHF, CPEHN, Consumers Union, NCLR) "[Health information technology] implementation must be done in a manner that responds to the needs of all populations to make sure that it enhances access, facilitates enrollment, and improves quality in a way that does not exacerbate existing health disparities for the most marginalized and underserved."
  • The Agency for for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) program brief, Minority Health: Recent Findings, highlights racial and ethnic community mental health disparities collected from findings reported since 2008 in published articles and other reports sponsored by AHRQ. Highlights include "intervention may improve access to depression care for minority youths" and "underserved blacks and Hispanics with depression often use alternative medicine for their symptoms...Lack of health insurance was one of the strongest predictors." View the complete mental/ behavioral health disparities findings.

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  • Advancing Health Reform by Inclusion: Engaging Communities of Color in Creating Policy Change (Community Catalyst, Inc., Jan. 2013)
    "According to a 2011 report by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, communities of color comprise ―about one-third of the U.S. population and more than half of the people who are uninsured. The [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] provisions will directly impact these currently uninsured communities of color by providing them with unprecedented opportunities to access and gain quality, affordable health care coverage."
  • NAMI Sharing Hope and Compartiendo Esperanza initiatives have released updated program materials open for use by NAMI state organizations and affiliates in partnership with their communities. These initiatives bring vital mental health and recovery information to predominantly African American and Latino community organizations in partnership with NAMI. Sharing Hope celebrates its 5th birthday this year with wonderful growth and Compartiendo Esperanza, its adaptation for Latino communities, is widely available for the first time.
  • ¡Avanzamos! issue 18 is now available. This issue of NAMI's bilingual magazine features Tratamiento no carcel / Treatment not Jail, focusing on mental health in the criminal justice arena and the issue is filled with inspiration and expertise from the front lines.

Elicia GoodsoldierNAMI Announcements

  • NAMI Board Candidate Nominations Open, due March 31

    NAMI national board of directors is an inclusive governing body representing our membership. This year, five seats will open for three-year terms and NAMI is seeking highly qualified leaders from NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates to steward NAMI’s mission and commitment to build better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. In addition, this year the Consumer Council will elect one person from among its ranks to serve on the NAMI Board. 
    • Current candidates include members of NAMI's Multicultural Networking Group, Elicia Goodsoldier of NAMI Boulder County (Colo.) and Sue Soriano of NAMI Montgomery County (Pa.), pictured right.
  • Scholarship Opportunity for NAMI 2013 Convention Sue Soriano

    SAMHSA’s annual scholarship application to financially support consumers who wish to participate in the 2013 NAMI National Convention is now available here. The scholarhip will be awarded to selected applications who are U.S. citizens living with mental illness. Deadline for submitting the application is April 4 and notifications of award decision will be provided by May 7. Complete information provided on the application form. Questions can be directed to Jamila Henderson at 1 (703) 516-7968  or by email at 




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