ECHO, a group out of Minneapolis, MN committed to bridging the communication gap for Immigrants and Refugees, has put together some resources for helping families and behavioral health providers. The video series can also be used as a staff development resource to help build knowledge and awareness of some of the cultural values & context that can assist with our ability to engage with the Somali Community as behavioral health service providers.
Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health uses candid conversation to create programming for television, radio and ELL classroom use about three important health issues. More than 50 members of the Twin Cities’ Somali community were involved in this project. Below you will find links to the Mental Health Learning activities (in English) as well as a video presentation.
Locally, CCNY is helping to facilitate a work-group made up of members from our immigrant-refugee community, ECDOMH system of care stakeholders and interested community members. The goal of this Family Voices Network work-group is increasing the accessibility and quality of culturally appropriate supports and services available to members of our community that originally hail from outside of The United States; often coming here as refugees.
This is a long term effort and we are very encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by our core work group members. Stay tuned for more news about this work-group as we start to work towards providing tangible resources, trainings, and workshops that are sure to be unique! If you’d like to find out more about our work group please contact Duncan Bethel.